High Dynamic Range
Learn how to do this…
What is HDR?
A solution to a common problem….
- You know those photos where you get a white sky with no detail?
- Or maybe you get things looking “black” or “lifeless” in the foreground?
The reason for this is that your camera can’t handle very bright and very dark things in one shot.
HDR is a solution to these problems, we take a few shots (usually 3) at different brightnesses, then merge them together so you can see detail where you want them.
This gives us detail in the DARK and the LIGHT areas.
Learn from a Professional Commercial HDR Photographer
We are HDR experts – our images regularly being published in Advanced Photographer Magazine, including an 8 page article on Night HDR.
Much of our commercial work is HDR too – our clients love their images, but never know they are HDR because we create “realistic HDR”.
What’s on our HDR Course
HDR – 3 Steps on How to shoot and Process in one day…
1 – Why and When of HDR
On this workshop we initially explain…
- Why we use HDR
- When to use it – and when it’s not needed
- How it works – an overview
- How to set your camera up to easily capture images for HDR
- Some ideas on how best to capture “cityscapes”
2 – Practical – Capturing photos for HDR
After this introductory talk, we’ll head out to spend a couple of hours capturing photos for HDR. By the end of this you’ll be well acquainted with the correct settings for all future HDR.
Using our method, you’ll be surprised just how easy it can be!
We’ll then stop for a little lunch and break.
3 – Processing – Photomatix Pro and Lightroom
After lunch return to class where you will be working on your own computers.
- We’ll show you some Lightroom tips to pre-process your photos before putting them into “Photomatix Pro” – which is our choice of HDR processing software.
- We’ll then walk you through the Exposure Fusion and Tone Mapping methods of blending images – showing you the differences.
- We’ll show you how to save a “preset” for future use
- Finally – we’ll re-import the images back into Lightroom and show you how to create the final image.
All the work will be on your own photos from the practical, so you can show off your own images when you get home!
What you need to bring
- Camera, batteries and memory cards
- Computer – laptop preferably
- Photomatix Pro – free trial version will suffice
- Adobe Lightroom – ideally, if you don’t have this, your usual RAW editor will work (if you normally shoot JPG, this is fine too)
- Selection of lenses, wide angles are best for city
- Tripod – essential
- angle finder – handy for low-angle shots
- cable release – handy to stop camera shake