The Art and Business of HDR Photography

The Art and Business of HDR Photography

I had a long video discussion about creativity, business, and my thinking on this world of photography. Here are a few topics discussed:

  • Micro stock photography and how this is basically slave labor
  • Employees and the team at Stuck In Customs and how we operate
  • Getty Images and how it’s highway robbery
  • How photography and making money can put unnecessary stress on relationships
  • HDR photography and how the brain experiences it
  • The future of photography in terms if HDR
  • How long it takes me to process photos

Thanks to Antonio Marques, Jim Goldstein, Dave Wilson, and Sean Galbraith and the team at PhotoNetCast.

Daily Photo – A Girl and Her Grandma in Beijing

As I came out of a museum, I saw this young girl sitting with her grandmother and reading books. They were sitting on a simple bench and there was a wall of bamboo behind them. The light was falling perfect, so I dropped down onto one knee and took a quick shot.

Do you like taking photos of strangers in public? Or maybe you have a bit of a problem with it? If so, I wrote an article last year called “Five Tips for Photographing People” (click link to read).

High Dynamic Range Photo

  • Susan

    Lovely shot of the two Trey – grandmother seems to be talking and she seems to be listening – a rare moment! Super video too – enjoyed it!

  • Patrick Ahles

    I agree with Susan! Great shot.

  • Another great portrait Trey – I’ve started a set on Flickr dedicated to photos of people on the street. It’s something that only gets easier the more you do it and in my experience it’s very rare that people aren’t accommodating when you ask them if you can take a photo. Here’s a few of my recent favourites.

  • Yay πŸ™‚ more amazing helpful info! Thank you, I havent actually took many photo’s of strangers, I think I get scared that they will say something ( and 9/10 ) they will. Cant wait to check the video out not sure if I’ve seen it before, and will deffo read the people tips πŸ™‚ I know it WILL come helpful.

    As for the shot the first thing I noticed was the size, it looks like a wide angle shot? which isn’t bad, I like it as it goes along with the bench. Did you crop it this way atall? The expressions on their faces is great! As Susan said the grandaughter seems very interested into what her grandmother is saying :). Don’t seem to see that often anymore.


  • Simon Morris

    Nice shot Trey – shows a real sense of expression between the young girl and her grandmother… wonderful! I agree with Susan’s comment about the conversation being had – it’s not often you see the roles reversed like that… moments to last a lifetime! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the link to ‘Five Tips for Photographing People’ – sound advice on a difficult subject.
    Video looks good – I’ll put aside some time tomorrow to watch! Cheers πŸ™‚

  • Dan

    Just watched the video, Great stuff! I hope all goes well with your move :).

    Can’t think of much else to say at the moment, my brain is still processing that big video haha.

  • Great candid shot! One of my favorites of your people pictures. This one really makes you imagine their conversation.

  • Gail in Montana

    I’m still listening to the video as I type. So far it’s been very interesting and I’m sure it will continue to be. The different accents are fun to listen to, also. I have to agree with your Mom on the photo, what a sweet picture of a grandma and granddaughter having a talk and being together!! Very nice, makes you wonder what they are discussing πŸ˜‰ . Will finish my post when the video is done. Well, I managed to make it half way through, maybe I’ll go back to it tomorrow and watch the rest. Very interesting so far. Now, I’m very curious about “the move” that Dan mentioned. Not sure what that’s about. Thanks for sharing the video and photo, Trey. Have a great day where ever you are. πŸ™‚

  • FYI, the video is an uncut version of the final audio podcast which you can find either on iTunes or directly on the PhotoNetCast web site. Thanks, Trey, for such a fascinating conversation!

  • Great photo Trey!

  • Dan – yes this was a cropping thing… the top and bottom were okay, but boring… I felt this was better for the scene

    And thanks everyone else

  • This is great Trey. Great insight into theory and business of the art of modern photography. Thanks for sharing.

  • Weird timing. I just watched that vid. It pretty much sums up what I said in the email today about you and your business sensibilities.
    Oh, and that part about how you are never sure if the advice you get on Flickr is worth anything…. I know you weren’t talkin’ bout me! Oh no you didn’t!!

    BTW – Thanks for the thing. You know. That I got over at that site, from that guy. You know, the thing. Right?

    Still not crazy about the Von Trapp’s though.

  • Lovely photo. Also remarkable because so many people in China do not like to have their photo taken candidly, especially by foreigners. I have many photos from China with me and random people who wanted to have their picture taken with me, so I would ask them to take a picture for me, too. I can just imagine when they got the pictures developed: “Ni kan, Ba Ma! These laowai with blonde hair, blue eyes and really big feet actually exist. I met one of them!”

  • John Vito

    Watched your The Art and Business of HDR Photography and very impressed with the levelheaded logic you have with the business, art and life. Your parents did an great job in raising you!

  • Trey, just spent an enjoyable better part of my day listening to your video interview (joke:P). What you had to say about scarcity and analysis paralysis really got me thinking. I’m an iPhone app developer so as you can imagine, the implications these concepts have on my business are significant. I’d love to hear you talk on these topics in relation to 100 Cameras in 1!

  • Oh, I almost forgot. I wonder if you could also upload your videos to YouTube? Vimeo doesn’t buffer which makes it virtually impossible to watch your videos for those of us with a slow internet connection. I usually don’t watch videos from Vimeo at all for this reason, except I *really* wanted to watch this one.

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  • I don’t think I’d ever consider what I do (iStock photographer) as “slave labor”, lol. Working a “real” job at 40+ hrs/week and bringing home way less than what I make now with iStock would be much worse! πŸ˜‰

  • But Nicole !! You are in the upper 5% if not the upper 1% ! hehe… of course YOU are not making slave labor wages… just most of the people below you in the iStock chum layer.

  • Maybe so. There are people out there who can’t stand (and have very strong opinions about) microstock, regardless of the photographer & their business model (I know that’s not you). πŸ™‚

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