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Batch-Process Multiple HDR Image Files

If you want to process multiple high dynamic range images simply at one time, be on the lookout for an HDR application that can perform batch processing, like Photomatix Pro. [more…]

HDR Photography Tips: Look Around

If you go to shoot a scene for a high dynamic range image, look up, down, and sideways at other possible shots at that location. Turn around and see what’s behind you. [more…]

Shoot Multiple Auto Brackets in HDR Photography

In high dynamic range (HDR) photography, if you have Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) on your camera, but don’t have the greatest exposure value (EV) range [more…]

How to Tone Map HDR Images in Photomatix Pro

Launch Photomatix Pro and generate high dynamic range photographs on the fly or load a saved HDR image. With the HDR image ready and onscreen in Photomatix Pro, complete the following steps to tone map [more…]

HDR Photography: Adjust Settings in Photomatix Details Enhancer

Details Enhancer in Photomatix Pro enables you to tone map your high dynamic range (HDR) images. As you can see from this figure, there are a number of controls. Thankfully, they are well organized into [more…]

How to Shoot Panoramas in HDR

Shooting a panorama photograph in HDR is the same as shooting a traditional panorama except that you take three to five times the number of photos. This takes into account brackets for each section of [more…]

Tripods for HDR Panorama Photography

Shooting HDR panoramas is a whole world with its own set of specialized gear and techniques, and one of the most important is the tripod. If you’re not shooting professionally, you don’t really need to [more…]

Process Raw Photos in Bulk for HDR Panoramas

Taking the bracketed high dynamic range photos is only the first part of creating an HDR panorama. Now you need to process your shots as HDR images.

You can, of course, do this the hard way — prepare and [more…]

Process HDR Panoramas: Create a Master Frame

The most efficient way to proceed with HDR panoramas is to create a master, tone mapped frame and use that as the template to process the other frames of the panorama in HDR. After you create the master [more…]

How to Batch-Process HDR Panoramas

When you have your master frame completed, batch-process the rest of the panorama for HDR. Here’s how, in Photomatix Pro: after you process your Raw images [more…]

Stitch HDR Panoramas in Photoshop Elements

Stitching your high dynamic range panoramas together in Photoshop Elements isn’t that hard. You might need a few run-throughs before you get totally comfortable with it, but it’s mostly automated. [more…]

Blend Frames of an HDR Panorama

Blending allows you to tweak how Photoshop Elements masked the different layers of your HDR panorama and then stitched them to create the composite image. This process is useful if something looks better [more…]

Crop the Finalized HDR Panorama

Cropping is a final step in creating your high dynamic range panorama in Photoshop Elements, so you want to make sure you finish other edits first: Blend the transitions, sharpen, correct the color, improve [more…]

HDR Photography Tips: Get a Good Tripod

Taking better photos for HDR involves getting a good tripod. There are other more important things: taking better photos in general, and effectively using the particular techniques of high dynamic range [more…]

HDR Photography Tips: Become a Cloud Watcher

High dynamic range photography happens outside a good portion of the time, which is (conveniently) where clouds tend to congregate. So for better HDR photographs, pay attention to the clouds: how they [more…]

Reduce Noise in HDR Images with Photoshop Elements

Noise is problematic for high dynamic range (HDR) images. Although you can attempt to reduce noise in other parts of the HDR process, you have the most control over where, how, and how much to remove in [more…]

Reduce Noise in Selected Areas of HDR Images

A common problem with high dynamic range (HDR) images is that they have too much noise, or they may need different levels of noise reduction in different areas. You can reduce noise in HDR images just [more…]

Reduce Noise in HDR Images with Masked Reduction

Tone mapped images don’t always come out of your favorite high dynamic range (HDR) application looking perfect. In fact, most of the time, they need further editing before they’re “perfect.” Some images [more…]

Reduce Noise in HDR Images with Multiple Layers

Tone mapped high dynamic range (HDR) images don’t always come out of your favorite HDR application looking perfect. Some images have too much noise (a common problem with HDR) in general. The pinnacle [more…]

Remove Dust from HDR Images with Cloning

Cloning is one of the most important techniques you should master if you want total control over your high dynamic range (HDR) images. Dust, while not always a problem, is certainly an irritant with dSLRs [more…]

Remove Distractions from HDR Images with Cloning

Tone mapped high dynamic range (HDR) images don’t always come out of your favorite HDR application looking perfect. Sometimes distracting objects can take attention away from the subject or make the scene [more…]

Fix Lens Distortions in HDR Images

Tone mapped high dynamic range (HDR) images don’t always come out of your favorite HDR application looking perfect. Many images have lens distortion, which wide angle lenses tend to accentuate. [more…]

Solve Saturation Problems in HDR Images

When you shoot color photographs in high dynamic range (HDR) photography, it stands to reason that you’ll occasionally run into color problems. Tone mapped images don’t always come out of your favorite [more…]

Correct Color Casts in HDR Images

When you shoot color photographs in high dynamic range (HDR) photography, it stands to reason that you’ll occasionally run into color problems. Color cast is a type of color problem that happens a lot, [more…]

Adjust Levels and Lightness in HDR Images

Tone mapped high dynamic range (HDR) images don’t always come out of your favorite HDR application looking perfect. In fact, most of the time, they need further editing before they’re “perfect.” If you [more…]

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