Libraries have morphed from media centers to Learning Commons. Combining multi media and a variety of ways to learn, these new facilities are magnets for young people. During the 4 hours of shooting, this project was continuously teeming with young people totally charged up about learning. A variety of shooting and processing techniques was used to optimize these images. High Dynamic Range photography was used in almost every instance. Most images were taken first without people in them. People were subsequently added. After HDR and other imaging techniques were applied, the photos were layered together using Photoshop's Auto Align feature. Slight cropping was applied to most images.
Here is a list of the steps involved in creating the image below: 1. 11 shutter clicks. Four images were taken at 1-stop increments to process later as an HDR image (without people in the photo). Seven images were taken with the 2 subjects in the frame. 2. Lightroom 4.0 is used for organizing, initial editing, and initial cropping. 3. Four images uploaded to HDR Efex and processed. Adjusted for exposure, black levels, white levels, saturation. 4. HDR image uploaded to OnOne Perfect Effects 4. Radiance plug in applied for contrast; Summer plug in applied for saturation and warmth. 5. Nik Dfine applied for noise reduction. 6. Processed image and image with people in it opened in a stack using Photoshop. 7. Auto Align used to match both images. HDR processed image changes dimensions of the file very slightly. 8. Images blended together using layer masking.
In addition, a gif was created of one set of images. This is the coming thing...especially for those who are Tumblr oriented.
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