Creating HDR photos that look professional by masking each of your exposures can be a time consuming, tedious task that can inspire dread in the hearts of many. There is free software out there that can create professional work for you and it takes literally seconds. I created a PDF tutorial for creating HDR photos using HDR Efex Pro in Adobe Illustrator and created an appealing design that would aid the feel of my tutorial. I then did a screen capture / voice over video tutorial to show the steps that were written about in the PDF.
For my fine art print, I chose one of the photos that I took at Bannack. I looked at the image in the camera immediately after taking it and thought it looked pretty dang good. Upon review on my computer, I realized it was grossly underexposed. I went through and cleaned up the exposure, and did some non-destructive burns and dodges, and added some color correction. I sharpened the image using a unsharp mask. I also went in and added some artificial light coming in from the door, to go along with the glow around the door anyway. When I got the print, I realized just how dark things get when they print, and the image was a bit soft despite the sharpening, but I like the way it turned out.
Each semester the Red Cross and BYU-Idaho work together to put on a blood drive to help people that are truly in need. The event runs smoothly and professionally because of the work of the student volunteers and the Red Cross employees. Because of the synergy that is present between these two groups, the event continues to happen and brings in many people. Some of the donors come each and every semester because of their love to donate. This video looks at the ways that the event is set up as well as what it is like to donate.