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When to Shoot Single Exposures for HDR Photography

You need to know when and why to shoot single exposures for high dynamic range photography. This assures that you choose the right tool for the job, given the gear you have and the circumstance you’re [more…]

Minimum Requirements for Single-Shot HDR Photography

Single-exposure high dynamic range photography is a viable way to wring as much dynamic range from a single Raw photo as possible. The technology simply doesn’t exist to enable you to go out and shoot [more…]

Single-Exposure HDR Photography Terminology

High dynamic range photography has a lot of terminology competing to use the same words (exposure, bracket, Raw). It can be very confusing. For the purpose of clarity, some photographers distinguish between [more…]

Shoot HDR Photographs on the Go

This example is another reason single-exposure high dynamic range is so much fun and accessible. This photograph was taken with a smaller, lighter dSLR [more…]

Prepare Your Camera for Single-Shot HDR Photography

Switching from high dynamic range back to normal photography can mean changing a few settings on your camera. The great thing about shooting single-shot high dynamic photography is you don’t have to do [more…]

Compare Results for HDR Photography

The trickiest aspect of high dynamic range photography is the lack of consistency regarding what method (of the many) to use to achieve the best appearance in the final image. You can read about what methods [more…]

What are HDR Images and HDR Files?

HDR images and HDR files are two components of high dynamic range photography are at the heart of the matter. These are the things in HDR photography that put the H and the D in the R. Sometimes the terminology [more…]

HDR Photography: Choose a File Format

When you create a high dynamic range image, you’ll often be given the chance to save it as an HDR file for later use. Whether you save it as an HDR file depends partly on preference and partly on what [more…]

Convert Raw Photos for HDR Photography

If you shoot in Raw, you don’t have to convert those photos to another format (TIFF or JPEG) before you generate the high dynamic range image. If you wish to, however, you can convert your Raw photos and [more…]

Prepare RAW Photos for Conversion to HDR

Converting Raw photos for high dynamic range photography requires a different mindset than traditional digital photo processing, which aims to create the best looking photo possible. Here are a few differences [more…]

Convert Bracketed Photos for HDR

If you decide to convert your bracketed Raw photos to TIFFs or JPEGs before generating the high dynamic range image in an HDR application, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Create HDR Images in Photomatix Pro

An HDR image is different than the tone mapped image. High dynamic range images are generated first, using Photomatix Pro in this example, and then tone mapped to transform them into a relatively finished [more…]

How to Create HDR Images in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop creates HDR files from your bracketed images, as you would expect, smoothly and professionally. To generate high dynamic range images in Photoshop, follow these handy-dandy steps: [more…]

Decide How Many Brackets to Shoot in HDR

Knowing how many brackets to shoot is clearly an important factor in high dynamic range (HDR) photography. It provides the much-needed information of where to start manual bracketing and how to configure [more…]

Choose between More and Fewer Brackets in HDR

Reading about why you can or should shoot more or fewer brackets in high dynamic range (HDR) photography is one thing. Seeing the difference among different numbers of brackets of the same scene — and [more…]

Understand Bracketing in HDR Photography

Shooting brackets is where it’s at in high dynamic range (HDR) photography. This is where you feel the most like an HDR photographer because it’s different from shooting single exposures. Make sure your [more…]

How to Use Manual Bracketing in HDR Photography

Manual bracketing in high dynamic range (HDR) photography means that you directly manipulate shutter speed and watch its effect on EV. One of the main reasons to use manual bracketing is if your camera [more…]

How to Use Auto Bracketing in HDR Photography

Auto bracketing in high dynamic range (HDR) photography enables you to shoot faster. A camera with a normal frame rate can shoot faster brackets than even the most dexterous photographer in manual mode [more…]

Use a Light Meter to Bracket in HDR

Using a preconceived bracketing strategy in high dynamic range (HDR) photography works well, but the downside is not knowing whether you’re really capturing the full dynamic range of the scene with the [more…]

Meter with AEB or Manual Mode in HDR

Using a preconceived bracketing strategy in high dynamic range (HDR) photography works well, but the downside is not knowing whether you’re really capturing the full dynamic range of the scene with the [more…]

How to Use Exposure Compensation in HDR Photography

Exposure compensation is a fallback method to shoot brackets in high dynamic range (HDR) photography. If you don’t have a camera that has a manual shooting mode or AEB [more…]

Create HDR Brackets from One Raw Exposure

You can create brackets from a single Raw exposure and then use them to prepare a high dynamic range photograph by altering the exposure value (EV) in your Raw editor and saving the results. Here’s how [more…]

HDR Photography: Image Layers

When using Photoshop Elements 8 to work with HDR images, remember that you can store image elements — such as copies of the image with different effects and adjustments applied independently — on layers [more…]

Manage Layers in Your HDR Image

Being able to manage your layers in your HDR image is important, especially if you’re using them to perform complex image blending. Here are some of the more important layer commands you should be familiar [more…]

Edit HDR Images with Layers in Photoshop Elements

An effective strategy for editing HDR images with layers uses the layers to track your edits — locking them in the file via layers. This allows you to be more consistent, experiment with different approaches [more…]

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