Aurora HDR 2019 – Adding Interest with Adjustment Layers

Working with HDR (High Dynamic Range) composites can be tricky under certain circumstances, especially in regard to directing and containing a high level of detail. Whether bringing our subject forward or subduing a busy background, these issues fade quickly into the past when combining Adjustment Layers and Masks in Aurora HDR 2019 – all within a single interface.

In this tutorial, we’ll nail down a quick and easy approach to adding interest to a given image from merge to export. Let’s jump right in..

Summary

  • Loading images into Aurora HDR 2019
  • Alignment, Deghosting & Chromatic Aberration
  • Adding and Applying Adjustment Layers
  • Adding and Applying Masks to Adjustment Layers
  • Applying a Composition Crop
  • Exporting our Final Composition

Thanks for stopping by, as always. I hope you find the information helpful.

Questions? Shoot me a comment or drop me a line any time at mark@sojournmediaco.com.

October Color Along Paint Creek

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October color along Paint Creek Falls in Montgomery, West Virginia, captured on the commute back to Charleston with friends after a day of shooting at the Bridge Day BASE Jump event in Fayetteville. A tranquil and welcome change of scenery to help wind down a bit from an exciting day of madness at the Gorge. Read more

Going Wide – Exploring the Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar M Wide-Angle Prime

This article was originally posted on Photofocus.com.

One of the biggest challenges for those who enjoy making landscape and architectural photographs is to locate and acquire the ideal wide-angle lens for the job. While no amount of gear is a replacement for experience and skill, we invariably learn as we go that certain projects will call for a solution beyond our existing means. Fortunately for photo-kind, powerful in-roads for testing and using specialized gear have surfaced to level the playing field, allowing photographers of all stripes full-access to the best tools and equipment available.

Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar M

Courtesy of LensRentals.com
Courtesy of LensRentals.com

If the idea of shedding pounds from your bag in exchange for a ton of quality resolution is appealing, the Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar M aspherical wide-angle prime is in a league of it’s own, especially when attached to the Sony Alpha A7R full-frame mirrorless body.

Here’s a quick look at the overview from the experts at LensRentals.com:

“The Leica 18mm f/3.8 Super-Elmar-M is a relatively compact lens that features one aspherical element, offering high resolving power with wonderful image quality. While the f/3.8 aperture doesn’t allow for extreme low-light shooting, it does provide simple focusing due to its large depth of field. Despite being an 18mm, it has very little optical distortion, making it a great option for architectural and landscape photography. The retrofocus design allows for great corner sharpness at all apertures, as well as a limited amount of color shift. It does have Leica’s 6-bit coding that allows the M9 to correct for vignetting.

Please Note: To best make use of this lens, we suggest the use of an external viewfinder to aid in composing.”

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