HDR Workshop: Afterword

Last Saturday I held my first ever HDR workshop, which I dubbed “HDR: a primer”. It was kind of a primer for me too, as it’s the first time I’ve run a workshop period and the learning experience was intense.

A few things I’m thankful for: First, the people who signed up. We had four attendees…Denver, Kerry, Lamont and Chris…and I’m so appreciative of those guys participating and supporting this effort. It meant a lot to me.

Secondly, Rick Young. The guy is a solid, solid friend and has taught me a lot. He joined the fun to help out, pass along his workflow where needed and even printed out keyboard shortcut sheets for Photoshop and Lightroom. It wouldn’t have been as successful without him…thanks buddy.

Finally, my wife for bringing Oreganos for all to enjoy. You all know how amazingly supportive she is…but now she’s brought donuts to our photowalk and then dinner for the workshop. They were both her ideas too. I don’t know what I’d do without you.

The workshop started off with round-the-room introductions, which turned out to be one of the more enjoyable parts of the time together. I think it lasted around 45 minutes and we really got to know what everyone shoots, what they use, why the like it and how they got started. Awesome to get to know everyone a lot better.

We talked about HDR, the basics…and showed some awful examples of what the worskhop was hoping to teach people to avoid. We went out and did a short photowalk to get some brackets and then returned for some food and beer and processing.

Overall, I think it went well. Rick gave me a B+/A- grade, so you can’t ask for much better than that on your first attempt. I definitely know there were areas to improve upon and things I need to know a bit better.

Again, thanks to all who helped make this possible. Dave Wilson and David J. Nightingale sent me information on their own Austin, Texas workshop which really aided me in getting my presentation down, so I appreciate that fellas!

The photos here are just some candids I took from our walk around the Central Avenue and Roosevelt area. Hope you enjoy!

16 replies
  1. Dave Wilson
    Dave Wilson says:

    Congratulations, Mike – I’m delighted that the workshop went well! I’m planning another one sometime in June (date TBD) so if you know anyone in Central Texas who is interested, please have them drop me a line.

  2. Mike
    Mike says:

    Thanks guys, appreciate the kind words and the congratulations. Was a fun time, definitely nerve racking at first, but I think it went well!

    Hoping to do one again soon.

  3. Chris
    Chris says:

    Thanx Mike. Workshop was a lot fun and informative. Really appreciated Rick’s tips and comments.

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