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Mastering HDR Photography

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What is HDR?

HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is a technique to add vibrancy, and detail to your photos.

With HDR processing, you can see both the very dark and very bright portions of the scene. HDR does this by taking multiple shots of the same scene each with a different shutter speed.

In this ebook, I'll show you how to use your camera to take the multiple shots needed for HDR, and how to merge them together.

With HDR, we can see full detail in the dark parts of the scene (like the ground) as well as the brighter sky.

Capture Amazing Detail!

With HDR photos, you can take spectacular images with pop-out color and details - even in the darkest corners.

Doesn't My Camera Already Do This?

Unfortunately, No! Not with a single image. A High Dynamic Range (or HDR for short) photo is a shot that shows both the brightest and darkest areas of your photo at the same time.

Our digital cameras are nowhere near as good as our own eyes at perceiving large ranges of brightness. They can only measure a small range at the one time.

Cameras manufacturers do a marvellous job at hiding this shortcoming by giving you control of the ISO and Shutter Speed settings. But all these settings do is change where that range is located in the brightness spectrum – they don’t make that range any larger.

Take a look at the images below....

In the first image, we can see all the detail in the flowers, but the sky is 'blown out' and all white.

Similarly, we can take a photo where we see the clouds in the sky. But the flowers are too dark.

Creating a HDR image gives you the best of both worlds!Images by Roberta Edwards.

Perfect Detail!

With an ordinary photo, either the stain glass window would be too bright, or the column on the left too dark. You can't take a photo where you see both, like in this HDR shot.

Chapter List

The 78 page e-book is available in PDF and EPUB formats. Or you can read online.

1. Intro to HDR

We’ll start with the basics – explaining step by step the HDR process, with loads of examples. Everything you need to know to start creating your own HDR photos immediately.

2. HDR subjects, Equipment and Software

Not everything you point your camera at is a good candidate for a HDR image. I'll tell you the best subjects, and walk you through any extra equipment you might need. Finally, I'll discuss the most popular software for creating HDR images, including some free software to get you started.

3. "Seeing in HDR": Creating the Exposures

In this chapter, I'll expand on the basics of Chapter 1, and explain exactly how to take correct source images for HDR processing. I'll tell you what mode to set your camera, what NOT to do, how (and when) to change the shutter speed for greatest effect, and how many photos you actually need to take to create a great HDR photo.

4. HDR from multiple images

Now we've created the source images, I'll walk you through creating a stunning HDR image! I'll show you the exact steps for Photoshop and Photomatix. And I'll tell you what all those settings mean.

5. HDR from single images

It's also possible to create a HDR-like image from a single photo. In this chapter, I'll show you how to fake it!

6. Realistic HDR

Sometimes you can push HDR too far and create photos that don't look real. I've written some guidelines to make sure your photos don't cross that boundary (unless of course you want them to!)

7. Common problems

HDR photography has it's own set of problems - ghosting, lens flare, halos and excess color to name just a few. I'll explain why these problems happen and give you pointers so you won't be affected.

8. Advanced techniques

Now you have mastered HDR, I'll show you what else is possible using these techniques. We'll talk about tone mapping, layer masking and removing halos.

HDR is not limited to landscapes - look at the detail in this old sewing machine.

Bring your photographic subjects to life with HDR!

What Camera and Software do I need to take HDR photos?

You don't need a special camera to take HDR photos. Just make sure your camera can take 'bracketed shots' or gives you the ability to take photos in 'manual mode'. I'll explain how to use both these functions in the ebook.

HDR photography requires some software to 'merge' your photos together. I'll explain the process using three popular HDR editors: Photoshop CC, Photomatix (the leading HDR specific software) and a free HDR editor, Fotor. If you use a different editor, the techniques can be easily applied to your own editor.

Take It Over The Top

It's also possible to 'over process' your HDR images. Over processed images have a unique quality and feel about them that's a real talking point.

These over processed images are the classic HDR look. In my ebook, I'll show you how to create these over processed images, as well as a more subtle version of HDR that gives you the extra detail while still looking real.

Make your clean kitchen look dirty by over processing! Image Source

Assignments: Jumpstart Your Creativity

To 'lock in' your new knowledge of HDR, you'll need to practice your skills.

So throughout the e-book, I'll provide 24 photography assignments giving you plenty of creative ideas for subjects. I've structured the assignments to build up in difficulty, to help you build up your confidence as a HDR photographer.

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Here's what's included in the ebook:

  • Introduction
  • Telling a Story
  • In the Kitchen
  • Portraits
  • Your stuff
  • In the Bathroom
  • Up close
  • Windows
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FAQs

  • Is this just for DSLR owners? No! This ebook caters for any gear from a DSLR to the camera on your phone! Taking great photos is not about what camera you have - it's about knowing how to capture any scene. You will, however, need an image editor like Photoshop Elements or the free Fotox to create the HDR photos.
  • Can I read it on my iPad or tablet? Yes. The course can be viewed by any device that has access to the Internet using your browser. Or you can download the ebook and take it with you!
  • Is there a hard cover version? Unfortunately not. To keep the cost of the course down, I'm only making it available as a digital purchase.
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