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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…]

Save Tone-Mapped HDR Images in Photoshop Elements

To get to this point, you took bracketed photos, created and tone mapped the HDR image, and then saved the tone mapped image as a JPEG or TIFF. Although you could publish that version to the Web, you’ll [more…]

HDR Photography — Blend Material from Alternate Sources

Be on the lookout for areas where you may need to blend material in from alternate sources. For example, if part of the sky is blown out, you might want to replace the blown-out sky with a version that [more…]

HDR Photography: Sharpen Images in Photoshop Elements

Remember, you want to preserve the Background layer of your HDR image in Photoshop Elements so you have the original tone mapped image within this file. Layers are important when it comes to editing a [more…]

Perform Noise Reduction on an HDR Photograph

In Photoshop Elements, you can edit your tone-mapped HDR image further. Reducing noise is similar to sharpening. Remember, you want to preserve the Background layer of your HDR image in Photoshop Elements [more…]

Correct HDR Photographs in Photoshop Elements

Once you've taken your HDR photographs and tone mapped them, you can open the new HDR image in Photoshp Elements and begin to edit, checking color, white balance, and brightness. [more…]

Straighten HDR Photographs in Photoshop Elements

Correct any lens distortions and straighten your HDR image in Photoshop Elements by choosing Filter→Correct Camera Distortion to open the Correct Camera Distortion dialog box, as shown in the figure. Remember [more…]

Blend HDR Photographs in Photoshop Elements

Clearly, some HDR image edits don’t require blending when you edit them in Photoshop Elements. Say the image looks great. A little sharpening across the image is fine. There is no need for noise reduction [more…]

How to Tone Map an HDR Image

Everything else in high dynamic range (HDR) photography either leads up to or follows tone mapping. Tone mapping occurs when you convert a higher dynamic range image to one with a lower dynamic range, [more…]

Use Photomatix Pro to Edit HDR Images

To effectively use any high dynamic range (HDR) photography application, you must know what the controls do. They are the interface between you, the mathematical algorithms that define tone mapping, and [more…]

Tone Map HDR Images with Photomatix Tone Compressor

Tone Compressor, as shown in this figure, is another way to tone map your high dynamic range (HDR) images in Photomatix Pro. As the name suggests, dark and light tones on the extremes of the histogram [more…]

How to Tone Map HDR Images with Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop provides limited options for tone mapping your high dynamic range (HDR) images (and not just in Elements, where tone mapping options are nonexistent). The goal in Photoshop CS3 and CS4 [more…]

HDR Work-Flow for Single-Exposure Photographs

By and large, single-exposure high dynamic range follows the same workflow as bracketed HDR photography. There may be minor differences, so here is a run-through of the work-flow: [more…]

HDR Photography: Tone Mapping for Single Exposures

Technically, tone mapping single exposures (whether Raw or a Raw converted to brackets) is identical to tone mapping bracketed exposures for high dynamic range photography. The difference is that you probably [more…]

Reduce Noise in Single-Exposure HDR Photographs

This example of reducing noise in a single-exposure high dynamic range photograph shows the controls of a fire engine. It was a casual snapshot taken during an outing. [more…]

HDR Photography: Use a Raw Photo without Brackets

Single-exposure high dynamic range photography tends to involve shots of people, animals, action and other casual shots. You can use a single Raw photo without converting it to brackets to prepare a pseudo-HDR [more…]

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