Member Presentation - by: Brian McPhee
Introduction to HDR (High Dynamic Range)
(Monday, January 16, 2017)
You’ve probably already seen HDR (High Dynamic Range) photographs, whether you knew what they were or not, and perhaps you even wondered to yourself, “How did they do that?” Well, whether you simply want to learn just what HDR photography is, or finally crack the code and get the results you’ve always wanted, this presentation will walk you through the basics that are required to get your HDR photos. I will explain what HDR is, how it works, how to create an HDR image, the basic processes involved, as well as what hardware and various software programs are needed.
I first became interested in photography as a teenager, when I enjoyed taking photos of my friends in water skiing competitions across Quebec and Ontario. In those days, I used a Zenit-E 35mm camera, one of over 3 million units manufactured between 1965 and 1986. My photography career abruptly ended when two years later my beloved Zenit went swimming in a lake. Sadly, I didn’t get back to photography while raising a family, even with two children who grew up excelling in sports. I only took it up again just before retiring. I used my first DSLR, this time not to miss capturing my grandchildren’s sporting achievements.
Since returning to photography, I have dabbled in various fields such as wedding, nature, studio and of course, sports. I am a graduate of The New York Institute of Photography. I joined the Montreal Camera Club in 2007 and have served as Pictorial and Nature Chairs for many years and I am presently Honours Chair.