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This Week in Photography Interview

I know many of you are still trying to get in (try our pay-it-forward invite system on our Facebook page… simply add your name to an inviter’s list, and then help others get in after you are invited!).  Even more have been wondering what a Google+ Hangout looks like. Well, now you can see, and find out more about Google+ for photographers.  Note this wasn’t a typical Hangout session because only two of us were talking because of the format of the interview… normally most everyone is communicating in a nice way…

Thanks to Frederick Van (@FrederickVan) from This Week in Photo for doing this…we had a good time, as you can tell! Here is the top Google+ List in case you want to find others to circle…

My Google Profile is here, and you can find this article here on Google+.

New HDR Tutorial in Beta!

Well, I cranked through it and updated the HDR Tutorial (free, as always). Nothing is official yet, but I wanted you guys to help me out and go through it… see some typos? I’m the worst at that, as you know by now! But, also let me know if some parts are weak, need more help, etc etc…

Below is the before/after shot for the new subject of the HDR Tutorial. Enjoy!

  • 1:30 in the am.
    Yup. I own this. Midnight? Sure. Plenty of chum still in the water.
    But whose still hanging tight at 1:30?! The Gonzonator.
    (All this typing about something other than Trey has got to be killing George Green.)


    *mic drop*

  • Ben

    Not sure if it was just me but I couldn’t hear what Frederik Van was asking so I only got one side of the conversation.

    Nice photo though

  • Andy Bird

    This is a great photo for the newcomers to learn with – the fact that it’s a fun, exciting, colourful image will inspire them more to use it as a benchmark for their own work. I recall the old tutorial with the shot of Times Square – that was really quality stuff back then so I imagine the newbies will be in for a treat with this updated one!

  • Patrick Ahles

    Hmm, I’m just about to finish the Dutch version of the Tutorial. How much of the text has changed?

  • You continue to advance this art form, Trey. Many, like myself, will discover the great joys of post processing, which is as much fun as the initial capture.

    Stay awesome!

  • Dan

    Awesome :).

  • Thanks for the new HDR tutorial Trey – after viewing the details, I noticed some of the sliders have changed on the Photomatix menus! This prompted me to double-check what version I’m running… 4.0.2 – needless to say I’m now running the latest 4.0.4… HUGE thanks for that mate! 😉
    Regarding the new tutorial… fantastic! As Jimi rightly says “You continue to advance this art form” and I’m very thankful for the efforts you have put into this, and other aspects of ‘Stuck In Customs’.
    Just as a side note – I’d like to thank all those that have kindly logged onto my new daily PhotoBlog of Canterbury (NZ)… the response during the past 2 weeks has been incredible – thank you! 🙂

  • Andy Bird

    After reading Simon’s comment – I just realised i’m using Photomatix Pro 3.0 hehe – I guess that makes me a bit of a dinosaur eh?

  • Love the chat. I’d like to see a little better photo management in Google+ as well.

  • Tutorial is awesome Trey. Lots more details into the process is really cool. Zoom in screen shots are helpful too. Thanks not just for sharing, but for updating! 😉 I read this article posted by someone on G+ ( about Photomatix getting a new update. Short article, but they say functionality is pretty much the same but with some new improvements. Have you used the new beta yet?

  • Thanks all.

    Ben – you probably could not hear him because he’s just on the left speaker.

  • David Hendershot

    HDR + Space Shuttle = AWESOME! I like the tutitorial also. I would recomend to everyone your HDR Video tutorial series, they are great.

  • Susan

    Great interview – enjoyed it Trey! Congrats on the new tutorial – know you worked hard on it!

  • Thanks for the new tutorial stuff, Trey.
    Simon, I noticed the sliders too. I need to upgrade my photomatix!

  • Nice update to the tutorial. To follow on the discussion of the release numbers for Photomatix Pro – it would be helpful if there was more explanation in the tutorial. For example, the “Smoothing” slider in 4.0 and previous versions, is called “Lighting Adjustments” in 4.1beta.

    This sentence “However, later iterations should still work within the margin of error of the following screenshots…” is also a bit confusing. By “later iterations,” do you mean future releases, or older ones?

    I can see where you don’t want to get into too much detail regarding specifics for each release of Photomatix Pro, but once 4.1beta goes live, the slider names may confuse new users.

    Thanks for all the information you give us.

  • Thanks!

    Sharon – very good feedback there – I will clean this up soon.

  • Hey Trey, you don’t actually mention how you align the image layers in Part 3. I believe I know how but I’d like to hear how you do it so I know I’m doing it right.

  • Dennis

    Trey, I’ve heard a lot of exciting things about Google Plus and I see you are very positive about it. As I know you are also sensitive to copyright issues and photographer’s rights, I was wondering if you are aware of the provisions in Google’s TOS under Section 11 “Content license from you”.

    It’s true that the TOS Section 11 begins “You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.” Sounds good so far. However, it then goes on to say “By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.”

    I’m not a copyright lawyer, not even a lawyer, but I’ve dealt with legalese over the years in a number of business and private situations and what I understand this section to be saying is: Google acknowledges that you hold the copyright to the content (in a photographer’s case the images) you are posting, and, as copyright holder you are granting Google and “other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships” (see section 11.2) the right to use the material you post in any way they see fit and for any means, without any right to compensation. In fact, there is even a provision to “make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media.” (11:3). The final section (11.4) reads “You confirm and warrant to Google that you have all the rights, power and authority necessary to grant the above license.”

    It seem pretty clear to me that, by posting any material on a Google service, you are granting Google “a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit”. I’d like to know your thoughts on this and any caveats you might want to suggest to other photographers.

    I apologize if you addressed this in an earlier post or elsewhere or if the question is out of place in the Comments section. If so please feel free to edit or delete. I would like to know your thoughts on this.


  • Dennis

    BTW, Google’s TOS is available here:

  • +1 Dennis

    When I saw the title of your post I was going to say exactly that. Google+ is a horrible thing for photographers.

  • Trey, thanks for sharing your newest HDR Tutorial, love that image of the space shuttle Atlantis!

  • Great vid Trey and the new tutorial is looking very sharp, nicely done.
    As for Google+, I’m finding a whole new enthusiastic photography world in there and loving it so far!

  • casusan

    Johnny – why don’t you start visiting another photographer instead of Trey – your comments are getting old.

  • Trey, I mentioned this on Twitter but no response. If you are interested in selling a print of this shot I will buy one to put up in The Flounder. If so, email me at [email protected] . I’m willing to offer a handsome price. Ken

  • Gord

    Thanks for the before and after image, you don’t give us enought of that 🙂

    It helps with the learning process.

  • Thanks all.

    Dennis – I trust Google… just comes down to that, really. Their actions speak volumes. If they actually tried to license and sell my photos, I’d be truly shocked.

    Lucy – Thanks – glad you are liking it too! 🙂

  • I really like the before and after versions of the HDR. I’ve started doing this with my own work and discovered something interesting: sometimes the non-HDR version is better.

    Overall, I like the HDR work on this website because it’s not too overdone. This shuttle shows similar restraint, but I have to confess I prefer the original. It really makes the shuttle stand out. The HDR version gives me too much else to notice (the sky, the machinery, etc.).

  • LindaC

    Trey, I think the issue with Google is not whether they *will* but the fact that you have given them the rights to. What I wonder is, if doing that takes the rights away from you.

  • LindaC

    Never mind. I reread it and see that you retain the copyright.

  • Thak you Trey for your post about Google + I open a profile today, don´t know if it´s good yet but I let you know, and thaks for your HDR tutorial.

  • Thankyou Trey for passing on your knowledge in HDR to the world, you have helped to teach many many photographers the art of HDR and inspired many more. We all thank you.

  • Great to see an update on HDR!

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