HDR Tutorial

Well I’ve been thinking about this one for a while now, so I’m putting my mind to it and getting going.  I’ll probably do a couple different examples, but seeing as every photo is different, the best thing is going to be just to hop in the saddle and get started.  Below you can see the progression of the last photo I developed.  Picture 1 is the original.   Picture 2 is the ‘tonemapped’ version out of Photomatix (a blend of -2,0,+2 exposures). The final picture is after I cleaned it up in Photoshop.  You can see that some of the photo looks just a bit ‘dirty’ straight out of the HDR software.  Depending on your image, you’ll have different amounts of this ‘cleaning’ to do. So this is my intro, the full version will explain all of it a lot more, with some screen shots and fancy other things.

Lakeside Reflections in Colorado

 

Lakeside Reflections in Colorado

Lakeside Reflections in Colorado

I couldn’t help myself but to keep stopping at all these scenic outcroppings and rattling off a few sets of photos.  Normally I should have set up on a tripod for this photo to do the three brackets for my HDR, but I was trying not to take too long, and for such fast shutter speeds on a bright scene, I was able to get away with holding it by hand.

Lakeside Reflections in Colorado

The final scene below is cool mixture of snow capped mountains, reflecting above rolling pine hills.

Lakeside Colorado William Woodward

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