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About HDR photos

Report HDR Abuse

Image by: Keith Loh – Licence: Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic

“Friends don’t let friends do HDR.” – Lewis Collard

Everybody that knows me knows that I dislike HDR (High Dynamic Range) pictures. I dislike it because it looks bad, most of the time. I’ve seen one or two HDR photos that look cool but I’ve seen thousands that look appalling.

I don’t think that people should be bashed when they do HDR photos but I do think that I need to express my disgust because sometimes newbies feel so fascinated by these novelty gimmicks that they lose themselves forever in a sea of mediocrity.

So, my advice is this:

- Use your time to get to know your camera in detail;
- Study traditional composition;
- Learn more about light;
- Take at least a photo a day;
- Don’t rely on post production to make great photos;
- Trust yourself.

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About feeds in blog posts

I choose to publish full text feeds on my site because I like to read blogs on a feed reader (aggregator) and I assume that other people like it too.

Let’s face it, the internet is huge and full of interesting things. There is no time to look at everything. That’s one of the reasons why people use feed readers. It’s a convenient application that allows you to read your favorite sites like a newspaper. You can be having your coffee in the morning and browsing what’s new in your circle of interests, easy!

As a rule I don’t subscribe to blog feeds that don’t publish the whole post. Why? Mainly because my internet attention span is very short. The only exceptions are blogs that have genuine interest to me AND publish a photo and a good part of the post.

A photo is crucial. It’s the hook. If I like the photo I’m likely to click on the article to see the whole post. But this is very rare in sites that don’t publish their full text feed (RSS or Atom). Most of them just let the Content Management System (WordPress, Blogger, etc..) publish an insignificant snippet of their post.

This is a shame because I quit following lots of talented and interesting people just because they cannot compete with all the other talented and interesting people in my “internet newspaper” that publish the whole thing.

I think people do this because they are afraid of republishing without their consent. Also, because they’re not used to use a feed reader.

My advice is, publish your full text feeds. Don’t be afraid to let others enjoy your work in whatever form they prefer. Odds are they love it and they will read it if you let them do it their way.

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