Digital Convergence Episode 5: Michael James – HDRI Photography and Video Trailblazer
Michael James is a very talented visual artist and photographer who has pioneered the use of HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging) to create stunning architectural and real estate photography for his clients.
Michael talks about how he developed his unique workflow in producing HDR images at a time when there was very little information available about the process. He talks about his fascinating work with time-lapse HDR video. He shares a wealth of tips and ideas photographers and filmmakers will be salivating to use. He shares his thoughts on the future of HDR filmmaking and our conversation wanders over to the potential of the Red Scarlet and Epic for HDR video. Michael use a wide range of equipment (including Canon, Nikon, and Sigma) and software. I really enjoyed talking to Michael. He truly is the Hitchhiker’s Guide to HDRI.
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Links from the podcast:
Jay Burlage – HDR filmmaker (Michael James cites Jay as a leading source of information on the OpenMoco project and creator of gorgeous time-lapse cinema. Check out Jay’s video below.)
Michael James HDR Video “Eden Gardens 2008″
HDR Video created from single frames shot with a Nikon D3 + Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G. Shot from a fluid head tri-pod on continuous shutter at 9FPS firing off brackets of 7 images captured from under exposed to over exposed at 1EV steps.
Jay Burlage – OpenMoco Guru and HDR Filmmaker
Michael James attributes Jay Burlage as a leading source of information on the OpenMoco.org project and a great HDR filmmaker. I think once you watch this video and also those on Jay’s YouTube channel you will agree.
Upgraded rendering system and work flow. I’m very pleased with the smooth natural results. My primary objectives are ‘natural’ and ‘stable’ two tough goals in this 32 to 8 bit discipline. Look forward to seeing my work on true HDR displays.