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New Hampshire August Photo Workshops and Events

Listed below are the New Hampshire August Photo Workshops and Events that we have scheduled.  The photo classes and digital photography workshops are  open to adult aspiring photographers and they are part of our ongoing photo education program.

Some of the events are FREE and all the photo workshops require registration.  The calendar of August photo events in NH includes links to information and registration pages.

Aug. 10, 2014 Deadline to register for the MONTHLY PHOTOGRAPHER CHALLENGE (FREE online event!)

Aug. 20,2014 7:30 to 9:30 pm  PAINTING WITH LIGHT / LIGHT GRAFFITI WORKSHOP (Nashua, NH)

Aug. 23, 2014  2:00 to 6:00 pm  PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (Model Photo Shoot)  (Hudson, NH)

We usually present 3 or 4  photography events a month.  To receive regular updates make sure you register for our email list (form on page sidebar).   We have many events in the planning stage for September and October.

SAVE THE DATE On October 25th we will be hosting our next photographer your to New York City.  We are working out the details with our travel partners, NH TOURS and will release the details as soon as we confirm them!.

 

Group photo of aspiring photographers who attended a recent photo workshop in NH with pro photographer Dan Splaine.  In this blog post he lists the New Hampshire August Photo Workshops and Events that he has scheduled with links to registration and information pages. ©2014 Daniel J. Splaine  - All Rights Reserved

Pro Photographer Dan Splaine presents a program of photography education with his series of photography workshops and photographer tours. He holds the events for aspiring photographers in NH and in locations throughout New England and Eastern Canada,. In this blog post he lists the New Hampshire August Photo Workshops and Events that he has scheduled with links to registration and information pages. ©2014 Daniel J. Splaine

HDR Photography: A Creative and Practical Photography Technique

HDR photography is a very popular topic and style trend in contemporary photography.  For an old school photographer like myself, with my quarter century of darkroom experience this is a familiar technique, albeit with a new name and some upgraded tools.  The idea of using multiple exposures to capture a wide range of luminance goes back to the origins of photography.  In the 1850’s Gustave Le Gray (French Photographer 1820-1884) combined two negatives – one exposed for the sky, the other for the sea to create a single seascape photo.

In the black and white darkroom the HDR photography tone mapping process was a manual operation. A standard print made with a uniform exposure had a limited dynamic range.  With burning and dodging we could select particular areas of our negative to change the exposure of.  Making a print could be a ballet of blocking wands and shadow puppets (I told you I was old school).

Today with digital cameras and software the HDR photography process is lot more efficient. The question for photographers is why deploy this technique? In my commercial photography work I use it for primarily practical purposes along with creative considerations.

HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography is a solution as well as a springboard to far more expressive image making.  It solves the problem of photographing scenes with a wide range of luminosity. The process involves capturing a series of photographs with exposure bracketing and combining them into a single image that holds detail from the brightest highlights to the deepest shadows.

 HDR photography example ©2014 Daniel J. Splaine -All Rights Reserved

It is a work around for the confines of digital camera sensors. The human eye can perceive an extensive range of contrast in a scene while our digital camera sensors have a limited dynamic range that it can record.  In photography, the dynamic range is the difference between the brightest and darkest parts of your scene, measured in units of EV (aka stops of exposure).

The camera records most scenes well but it hits its limits with contratsy scenes, with bright highlights and deep shadows. When we make a standard exposure we end up losing detail in the far ends of the dynamic range. For example if you are shooting a dark interior of a room with bright windows and exterior views.  If you expose the shadows correctly your highlights will get “blown out” (overexposed).  If you record for your highlights accurately, the brightest parts of your shot, your shadows loose all detail.  A standard exposure is a compromise. When you shoot a HDR image you can achieve detail in the highlights of the window to the shadows of the room interior by combining your bracketed exposures.

Achieving detail in the highlights and shadows of your scene is the practical use of HDR.  You can render a very realistic version of your scene that mimics the contrast range we can perceive with our eyes.  Making a shot that presents the scene as you saw it is just one option.  With the HDR processing software now available you can get a lot more creative and experimental with your results. You can manipulate the tone map of your image rendering highlight, shadow and colors in wide range of interpretations, from hyper-colorized to subtlety de-saturated and everything in between.

How far you go with these manipulations is a matter of taste.  I pride myself in deploying this technique so that my viewer detects no distinction from reality. For me it is an updated version of an old familiar tool in my bag of photo tricks. Others have taken HDR photography in a whole new direction of creative expression- stretching the boundaries of visual interpretation.

IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HDR PHOTOGRAPHY

I will be presenting an HDR Photography Workshop on April 12, 2014 in York Maine from 3 to 6 pm.  This is a hands-on field photography class and we will be covering the camera techniques for creating HDR images.  Grab your tripod and join us.  For complete details and registration got  CLICK HERE.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Photographer and photo educator Dan Splaine has more than thirty years experience producing photography for public relations, marketing and editorial clients. Based in Nashua, NH  he provides commercial photography services in studio and at client locations all over the world. Dan is a photo educator and  presents a program of digital photography workshops and photography tours for adults throughout New England.  For more information about his photo education program go to the photo workshop and tour schedule page.

Nashua Photographers Participate in Worldwide Photowalk

On Saturday Oct. 5, it was my distinct pleasure to lead a group of photographers in Nashua, NH for the 6th annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk.  45 photographers of all skill levels joined me for a photographic exploration of the historic mill-yard district along the banks of the Nashua, River.

We were part of a global photography event.  More than 28,000 photographers in over 1200 locations around the planet went out to capture a single day with their cameras!

My group that explored Nashua was mix of locals and folks from all over New England. It was nice mix of my past photo workshop students and many new faces.  What I found most interesting was the unique viewpoint each photographer had of the common space and moment.

I am looking forward to seeing the photography they created during this photography event.  Even though we were walking down the same streets at the moment , the photography will be just as varied as the people in our group.

Group photo of the photographers who participated in the 2013 Scott Kelby Photowalk in Nashua, New Hampshire organized by pro photographer Dan Splaine.  Along with commercial photography services, he presents a program of digital photography workshops and photography tours throughout New England.  ©2013 Daniel J. Splaine- All Rights Reserved

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Photographer and photo educator Dan Splaine has more than thirty years experience producing photography for public relations, marketing and editorial clients. His company TEST of TIME PHOTOGRAPHY based in Nashua, NH provides commercial photography services in studio and at client locations all over the world. He presents a program of digital photography workshops and photography tours for adults throughout New England.  For more information about his photo education program go to the photo workshop and tour schedule page.

 

Fall Foliage and Sculpture; Photo Workshop at Andre Institute Sculpture Park

Join me on October 12th for an afternoon of photo exploration of one of the most different settings in New Hampshire, at the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, NH.  Enjoy the grounds and art of this one-of-kind park while practicing your landscape photography skills.  The FOLIAGE and SCULPTURE- PHOTO WORKSHOP at ANDRE INSTITUTE is a unique chance to enjoy the beauty of nature and some world-class sculptures.

Come capture the contrast of these man-made objects in this forested park during the most colorful time of year.  The colors of fall, the forest grounds and the art all make for an interesting set of photo opportunities.

For details and registration CLICK HERE

For a complete schedule of my photo workshops and tours CLICK HERE

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Photographer and photo educator Dan Splaine has more than thirty years experience producing photography for public relations, marketing and editorial clients. His company TEST of TIME PHOTOGRAPHY based in Nashua, NH provides commercial photography services in studio and at client locations all over the world. He presents a program of digital photography workshops and photography tours for adults throughout New England.  For more information about his photo education program go to the photo workshop and tour schedule page.