How did HDR Daily began….

HDR Daily started with a guy that just used photography to deal with his own challenges of having c-PTSD. As it developed, he grew a passion for HDR photography which is High Dynamic Range. It is really just taking several images within difference exposures and merging them together afterwards. It is really fun to do. Honestly.

I have always loved photography since my days in 4-H as a kid. I also have studied it a little on my own. I know the history of how people have used the technology way back before everything got digital. It has always been interesting to me. The whole Portrait and wedding business side of photography was not my gig. (If you want to make money in photography, those are the ways to do it!)

While living in the Philippines, an image of a lesser known rice Terrance (in the image at the top of the page) began to get a lot of attention and people asked me to send them prints. All in all, I sold over a dozen of those prints and it won an award. It is really crazy because I just did the editing to waste time while in the Philippines. No idea how many people loved the image.

Camp John Hay
Trees at Camp John Hay in Baguio City, Philippines.

It was not just the Philippines that I have traveled to, either. I have been to dozens of countries but I have spent quite a bit of time in American Samoa, Samoa, Fiji, Hong Kong and of course the Philippines. Along the way, I learned about the people, the culture, and the geography. Being from Missouri and living in Samoa, I have seen the extremes of winter as well as summer.

Having traveled to most of the United States and all the foreign countries, I think I have seen about every condition that I would need to make an image.  All in all, it has been quite the trip and I am very thankful for make the journey that I have so far.

Cathedral in Romblon

The challenge of c-PTSD is not something we seem to ready to deal with in our culture. The numbers are insane. Department of Defense believes up to 22 veterans a day kill themselves related to PTSD. The number of civilians is well over 100 per day. If you do the math, it means close to 45,000 people kill themselves every year. This is just the suicide reality.

The real damage is not the ultimate price that dozens pay every day but it is damage on their relationships, careers, and emotional health.Many of the people that struggle with it do not know how to relate to people anymore. They are not just popping off or being crazy. They are walking out of their triggers. Most of our society does not want to have this discussion.

For me, it was picking up a camera again (I was into photography as a child) and dealing with the challenges by making images. As a landscape and HDR photographer, I do not have to deal with people very much. I can just go in the middle of a state park and make amazing images to share with the world. Photography was and is my coping mechanism.

I hope anyone that deals with Post Trauma Stress Disorder that they can find their way of coping and if it is photography, join me sometime!

What does being a HDR Photographer look like?

For the most part, the same as anyone else. The big difference is about 1.5 to 2 hours a day, I am chasing some amazing image somewhere and then I am editing late in the night on Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop CC. From the time I leave to shoot an image to when it is ready for posting can be up to 4 hours of work.

If I am doing a video at the shooting location as well, you can add an hour to the shoot and at least 2 more hours to the editing process. A video tutorial and shoot can easily be three hours on location and up to six hours behind the laptop.