Last week I tried, unsuccessfully, to get a set of brackets photos for some HDR photography of the inside of the Princeton University Chapel. Yesterday I tried once again with limited success. This time I planned better. I went early a Saturday and fortunately had another sunny day. Did I get the photos I wanted? Yes, but … no. When planning a photo shoot it is a good idea to create a checklist of the equipment you will need. I was well prepared this time. Or so I thought. I forgot my tripod at home. For HDR photography, it is important that the camera stay stationary between the bracketed shots. Even the slightest movement can cause the image to be mis-aligned when they are combined in Photomatix Pro. A tripod is essential. I forgot mine at home so I had to improvise. I found a chair and placed it down the middle aisle. I propped the camera up on my hat and used Sofortbild to capture three bracketed images about +/-2 EV apart.

It’s not what I had hoped for. Without the tripod I was limited in where I could place the camera. I think I need another trip.

Princeton University Chapel   Week 5, NIKON D40 20130202 DSC 0014 BKT01 2 3 960x1443