High Dynamic Range Photography

 
 

High dynamic range photography, known as HDR, is a very exciting photographic technique.  The uses range from capturing details in a very high dynamic range image (deep shadows to bright highlights) to some very artistic applications to your images.  It is often thought that to process an image file to HDR you have to shoot a series of images at different exposures, typically N-2, N-1, N, N+1, N+2 range or at least a three stop range of N-1, N and N+1 or some variation.  The HDR technique works very well when you can rapid fire off a series of exposure brackets like this using the auto-bracketing feature of your DSLR but you will run into problems with image registration if you are not on a tripod photographing a subject scene that has no movement.  This really limits you! 


You can also create very nice HDR images from ONE image file!  By doing so you can experience HDR images from any picture. 


In this video I will show you how to create a set of bracketed exposures from one RAW file (you can also use a jpeg) and then how to process those files to a HDR image.  I will also demonstrate the conventional technique of processing a series of bracketed files (RAW in this example) into one HDR image using Photomatix.  I will also show you how to “season to taste” that HDR image for your liking.  The software you will need is either Lightroom or Photoshop (or PS Elements) with ACR Bridge (if you are using RAW files) and for the HDR effect I highly recommend Photomatix.  Another excellent software is Nik’s new HDR Efex Pro. 


Grab this video for only $25  - 83 minutes of learning fun! 


You can also receive a 15% discount on Photomatix by using the discount code:  RICKROSEN.  Photomatix can be ordered (or get a free demo) here:  http://www.hdrsoft.com/


You can download demos of the excellent NIK Photoshop plugins here:  http://www.niksoftware.com/downloads/usa/entry.php?view=software


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If I can help you feel free to email me at:  Rick@rickrosen.com


Have fun!

 

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