Getting to Know You: Behind the Lens with Jill Wellington

When I first saw photos from Jill’s Vintage Val series I knew I wanted to talk to her about it.  As an avid thrift shopper and junk enthusiast myself, I love how Jill incorporates found objects into her vision-driven photos.

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Jill Wellington is a portrait photographer in Michigan.  While she still photographs several sessions a month, she is now teaching photography and photo editing through her blog, video tutorials on her Youtube Channel and weekly newsletter.  She just opened an Etsy shop to sell the digital backgrounds she spent years producing for her own professional photography.

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If you’re looking to quickly create HDR-like images (without the busywork) then Topaz Adjust may be right for you. So, let’s explore the idea of HDR a little!

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What is HDR?

Have you ever come across an image that was so surreal with it’s perfectly colored, detailed features? Well, that’s HDR in a nutshell. HDR, or High Dynamic Range, captures the full range of luminosity between lights (highlights) and darks (shadows) in a scene. That means that you get a more brilliant and dynamic range of color and detail in your image.

Traditional HDR (processing) is a multi-step process that requires taking a series of images at different exposures, known as bracketing, and combining the multiple exposures during post-processing. This gives you a perfectly exposed image with an attractive balance of highlights, shadows, and details. The downside is that the process of creating HDR can often be tedious and time consuming, not to mention difficult to those that are new to HDR.

How can I quickly create HDR-like Images?

Creating HDR-like images with Adjust simplifies traditional HDR processing by eliminating the excess shooting and processing steps. Topaz Adjust is unique in the fact that it allows you to take a single image and enhance the highlights, shadows, and details in just a few clicks to create a dynamic image. If you are new to HDR processing, Adjust can help you achieve the same look with less work. If you a seasoned pro you might even use Adjust to further enhance your traditionally-processed HDR images for some added WOW!

Check out the images below to see how easy it is to create HDR effects with a single image. The Adjust-Lite image was processed once through Topaz Adjust and features dynamic color and detail. Adjust-Strong was processed twice through Adjust to give it a stronger, bolder, and more detailed HDR-like look. When processing your images, you can apply the effects as strong or as subtle as you’d like.

HDR with Topaz Adjust

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Learn how to create stunning HDR-like image using Topaz Adjust, demonstrated by professional photographer and instructor, Deborah Sandidge. If you don’t own Adjust, don’t worry! We offer a 30-day free trial. No credit card info! So try it for free and then follow this tutorial.

Don’t forget to check out Topaz Labs on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram and see what other users are creating. We also offer free Webinars and have a great Discussion Forum if you’re interested in learning more!

This post was originally posted on March 4, 2011