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Create HDR Images in Photoshop Elements 8

Photoshop Elements 8 has joined the ranks of HDR-capable applications. Elements' high dynamic range photograph feature is not that powerful — it’s basically exposure blending with a little tone mapping [more…]

HDR Photography: Get Ready to Tone Map

After you've taken your photographs, it’s time to get down to the practical matter of tone mapping an HDR image in Photomatix Pro. This list helps you make sure you are ready for the process of tone mapping [more…]

HDR Photography: Adjust Brightness and Contrast in Photomatix

To adjust your HDR image’s brightness and contrast in Photomatix Pro after tone-mapping, you use the White Point, Black Point, Luminosity, Gamma, and Strength settings. At this point, you’re just getting [more…]

Fix Light Balance of HDR Image in Photomatix

To adjust the light balance and overall effect in your HDR image in Photomatix Pro, use the Strength and Smoothing settings. If your baseline settings have been dialed in to the point that you’re happy [more…]

HDR Photography: Adjust Color in Photomatix

To adjust and enhance the color in your HDR image that has been tone mapped in Photomatix Pro, you use the Color Saturation, Saturation Highlights, Saturation Shadows, and Temperature settings. [more…]

HDR Photography: Tweak Details in Photomatix

To tweak the details in your tone mapped HDR image in Photomatix Pro, you use the Microcontrast and Luminosity settings. Microcontrast is the go-to control for local contrast because it accentuates details [more…]

Save Your HDR Image in Photomatix Pro

You have finished tone mapping an HDR image in Photomatix Pro. When you’re happy with the high dynamic range photo results, it’s time to process and save: [more…]

HDR Photography: How to Tone Map in Photoshop

Tone mapping high dynamic range images in Photoshop is much more streamlined than in an application like Photomatix Pro, essentially because you have so few options. Your main decision is to choose one [more…]

HDR Photography: Adjust Tone Mapping in Photoshop

After you have tone-mapped your high dynamic range image in Photoshop, you can make adjustments, such as using Exposure and Gamma to protect highlights, using Highlight Compression to squeeze the highlights [more…]

Compare Tone Mapping of HDR Photographs

Individual high dynamic range images often look great. It’s when you compare two differently tone mapped versions of the same HDR image, however, that you see flaws you missed or something you like better [more…]

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…]

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