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So You Wanna Do HDR? Photomatix Giveaway!

Update: This giveaway has ended, and the randomly selected winners were posted here. Thanks to everyone who participated! Stay tuned for more awesome giveaways!


High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is really interesting, and is mentioned a lot these days. Some people love it, while other hate it. Whatever camp you’re in, I would still recommend that you at least try it out, since I believe you actually learn the most in photography from experimentation.

Here’s an HDR photograph I took in 2008 of the Campanile on the UC Berkeley campus:

campanileHDR

It’s composed of two photographs that I took without a tripod, and was created using Photomatix by HDRsoft. It seems like everyone these days is using Photomatix for their HDR work, and if you’ve heard of HDR, you’ve probably also heard of Photomatix.

Well today, I’m giving away two (2) copies of Photomatix Pro Plus, each worth $119. This bundle includes not only the standalone program, but also plugins for Photoshop, Lighroom, and Aperture. Of course, feel free to downgrade to one of the individual packages if this much software is overwhelming.

Entering this contest is simple. All you need to do is answer the following question:

Who is your favorite photographer?

Any photographer is okay, though try not to say it’s yourself. Links are definitely encouraged if the photographer is modern enough to have a website!

There are two ways you can send your answer to me, and feel free to use both methods for double the chance to win! You can…

  1. Leave a comment on this post
  2. Tweet your answer to @petapixel on Twitter

Winners will be randomly picked and announced in a week on the evening of July 18th, 2009.

Good luck!


If you’d like to view more examples of what you can do with Photomatix, check out the Photomatix group on Flickr, and to learn how to actually do HDR photography, try reading this tutorial by Trey Ratcliff on Stuck in Customs.


Another tip: If you include a link in your tweet back to this post, your tweet will automatically show up below the comments section, allowing you to share your answer not only with me, but with PetaPixel readers as well!


 
  • Jollybegood

    My favorite photographer is Enrique Badulescu.

    Go to his Editorial>S magazine> both 1 and 2. Also he does collages and the other fashion work is breathtaking. enjoy.

    http://www.enriquebadulescu.com/

  • nicktj

    Ansel Adams. Incredible detail.

  • http://twitter.com/dallasnagata dallasnagata

    My favorite photographer fluctuates with my mood, but at the moment it's Steve McCurry. http://www.stevemccurry.com

  • http://twitter.com/smilingwriter Cherie' Davidson

    My fave is Stephen Oachs.His endangered snow leopard, arctic fox, Alaskan grizzly bears & his landscape photos are brilliant. http://stephenoachs.com

  • johnko

    Too many to keep track of. Joe McNally is probably tops for now. But i follow David Hobby, D Honl, Scott Kelby and Zack Arias. Also Dustin Diaz and his counterpart, Erin Caton @ http://photography.dustindiaz.com/blog/ and http://www.realgeek.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/reidwolcott Reid Wolcott

    My favorite photographer and original inspiration to get into photography is Ansel Adams. His use of natural light was amazing and is something I am continually trying to master.

  • Michael S.

    My favorite photographer is a former professor of mine: Alex Heria. His work is outstanding and he has inspired me to continue doing what I love!

  • sneuweger

    My favorite photographer today is Joe McNally, http://www.joemcnally.com – not only for his images but also for his being obviously a very handsome guy with great sense of humour and readiness to share his experiences…

  • http://twitter.com/ClickClarke Chris Clarke

    my favourite is Charlie Fleming – an ordinary understated guy who takes exceptional photographs with fairly ordinary equipment – and keeps it simple http://parrotletsuk.typepad.com/wldlife_in_a_su

  • http://www.preetalina.com/ Preeti

    I really love Jim Patterson's underwater photography. Some amazing stuff:
    http://www.jimpattersonphotography.com

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  • chossid

    My favorite photographer was my father. He worked with old cameras, the “newest” being the first Polaroid. He did beautiful black and white work, and also photographed my mother's paintings. Sorry, no links — the only link I could find for him are his battery patents. Oh yeah — he also invented mascara, so “necessary” in some portaits, huh? But someone stole the patent!

  • chossid

    My favorite photographer was my father. He worked with old cameras, the “newest” being the first Polaroid. He did beautiful black and white work, and also photographed my mother's paintings. Sorry, no links — the only link I could find for him are his battery patents. Oh yeah — he also invented mascara, so “necessary” in some portaits, huh? But someone stole the patent!

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  • http://www.mckern-photography.com scenic photography

    I really like the picture of the clock tower. The sky looks amazing on the day that it was taken. I took a photography class once and I definitely learned quick that photography is about being in the right place at the right time. http://www.mckern-photography.com

  • http://www.mckern-photography.com scenic photography

    I really like the picture of the clock tower. The sky looks amazing on the day that it was taken. I took a photography class once and I definitely learned quick that photography is about being in the right place at the right time. http://www.mckern-photography.com

  • LeeU

    A major improvement for photographers of all abilities for enhancing their images. Thanks in part to Petapixel for providing a chance to get the program.