Faking an HDR Portrait
dekePod Episode 007: Well, friends, it's getting to be Halloween, that bestest of holidays, the one made famous by Linus and Jamie Lee Curtis. And you know what that means: Another traditional early-October Halloween episode of dekePod. (Well, the first one, but you have to start somewhere.) This year, I celebrate the spookiness of the season by showing you how to fake an HDR portrait in Photoshop. Perhaps you've seen others demo fake HDR. Now see me do it. Here's the official marketing description:
Think nothing can scare you? Enter dekePod, that thing that is not even slightly scary and yet, be honest, gives you the heebie jeebies. In this episode, Deke investigates how to simulate an extreme-detail HDR portrait -- which would otherwise require you to shoot multiple exposures of a person locked down in a body brace -- using flimflam and forgery. And a shrunken skull. These are the depths of scariness we go to. Here at dekePod.
Keep an eye out for Reeky, the tiny skull whose eye pops out. Fun fact: Reeky's head is filled with bloody houseflies that leap into his protruding eyeball when you squish him. (Fake ones, but nonetheless icky.) Plus, he's made of that weird plastic that makes your hands stink. Doesn't he sound great? If you're interested in downloading it (the video, not the skull), try one of these links:
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- Or you can subscribe to dekePod via RSS or iTunes.
You can also check out the page at my book publisher O'Reilly Media.
Oh hey, and keep an eye peeled (not filled with bloody flies, peeled) for a few frames of a photo of Thom Yorke and David Byrne. Captured and enhanced by James Day for Wired mag, this was the inspiration for my piece. James gave me permission to use his image. For which I say: Thanks, James -- you, Thom, and David rock.
(And lest that sound like a platitude, not so. If I was half so cool as the three of you put together, I'd be 150% as cool as any one of you. And really, as much as it might surprise you, I'd settle for that.)
The scientist image comes from photographer Aleksandra Alexis. Amazing, she.