Create photos with subtlety, depth and vibrancy.
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 photos, you can take spectacular images with pop-out color and details - even in the darkest corners.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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