The Art of Digital Blending with Daniel Cheong – Oct 2016

About the workshop

Day 1 : 22nd Oct

1. Bandra Fort morning sunrise shoot from 5.30am to 8am

2. Shivaji Park beach sunset shoot from 5pm to 8 pm

Day 2 : 23rd Oct

Post processing session at Ramee Guestline Hotel, Juhu from 10am to 12pm, complementary lunch from 12pm to 1pm, session continues from 1pm to 4pm

Things to carry with you for shooting session
1. DSLR or Mirrorless.
2. Lenses: Ultrawide angle (14-24, 16-35 for full frame, or 10-20, 11-18 for cropped sensors), also a 24-70 might be useful
3. Tripod, Shutter Remote
4. ND filters (9 or 10-stops) for the sunrise shoot (optional).

Things to carry with you for post processing session
1. Laptop with Photoshop CC (CS5, CS6 is fine too)
2. Nik Collection (free on Google website)
3. Oloneo PhotoEngine HDR software for Windows Users (free demo but limited time available on www.oloneo.com. For those with Mac, we will use Nik HDR Efex Pro which is included in Nik Collection.
4. Mouse (much better than using the track pad)Post Processing session content
5. Camera Settings for Digital Blending
6. Examples of single exposures v/s Digital Blended exposures
7. Camera RAW Image Pre-Processing: how to develop the RAW files before Digital Blending
8. How to use the Brush Tool
9. Layer Masking Basics & Light Painting
10. Multiple Exposure Digital Blending
11. Single Exposure Digital Blending
12. Use of Third Party Filters (Nik Collection)
13. Vertical Panorama (Vertorama) with use of Auto-align & Auto-Blend
14. Optical Distortion Correction
15. Use of Transform tools to correct the composition
16. Use of Blend Modes to combine light trails, fireworks, add milky way in the sky
17. Creating HDR image with Nik HDR Efex Pro (Windows/Mac) & Oloneo PhotoEngine (Windows only)
18. Correcting HDR defects (exposure, ghosting) with Digital Blending

Watch Behind the Scenes of this Workshop here...


About the Mentor

'Straight out of the camera' is a concept which I am not familiar with. I don't pretend to show reality, but an idealized version of it. I've always loved photography, but only became serious about it when I bought my first DSLR in Singapore, back in 2006. I joined Flickr around that time, where I discovered the world of High Dynamic Range photography. I then aimed to perfect the technique of Digital Blending, which consists of manually blending multiple bracketed exposures in order to obtain the maximum dynamic range, while trying to keep a very natural look and avoiding the common mistake of many 'overcooked' HDR images. This slight element of the surreal, or hyper reality often found in painting is what I am trying to achieve.I am a "rooftopper", I find the city most appealing when it is shot from the highest vantage points, and specially at the 'Blue Hour'.

Daniel Cheong