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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…]

How to Smooth Rough Spots in HDR Images

Artifacts can appear in tone mapped high dynamic range (HDR) images that are the result of movement in the scene. Rough spots (as seen in this figure) happen in tone mapping when you have motion that oscillates [more…]

How to Publish Your HDR Images

Publishing or printing your high dynamic range (HDR) photographs is the final step in the HDR process. Snap on your chinstrap, fire up Photoshop Elements, and get going: [more…]

HDR Photography Tips: Be Patient

Photo shoots are often exciting, especially when you're shooting high dynamic range images. The scenery is beautiful, and you’re pumped to get good shots. It’s easy to be swept up by the fun and start [more…]

HDR Photography Tips: Pay Attention to Light

As you traipse around looking for good HDR shots, you will undoubtedly run into the same phenomena regarding light and time that photographers everywhere have come to recognize: [more…]

HDR Photography Tips: Know Your Camera

Today’s brands of cameras rely extensively on auto this and auto that. For HDR photography, one of the consequences of this is that many amateur photographers don’t learn how to use their cameras like [more…]

HDR Troubleshooting: Overreacting to Criticism

The bottom line when processing your high dynamic range photos is this: Your HDR images are yours. Ultimately, what you create should appeal to you on some level. Start there. Be comfortable with that [more…]

HDR Photography Tips: Compose Shots with a Purpose

Try this simple rule when composing a scene for an HDR photograph. It will have a profound impact on how you compose it. Take a picture of something. Not anything. Not nothing. Take it of a thing you can [more…]

HDR Photography Tips: Love What You Do

Here are three helpful hints and reminders for helping you get better at HDR photography, and a couple showcase images to help steer you in the right direction. There are certainly more ways to shoot better [more…]

HDR Troubleshooting: Halos and Ghosts

The number one way to ruin a good HDR image is the dreaded halo, and the second is ghosting artifacts. Your photos might be perfect, but they don’t need halos to prove it. The figure illustrates a nice [more…]

HDR Troubleshooting: Lack of Imagination

Imagination is a powerful thing when preparing HDR images, a fact that is made more obvious when you see the result of not using it versus using it. The top image in this figure is an HDR image of a local [more…]

HDR Troubleshooting: Sharpening

If you get caught up in perfection, you’re primed to over-sharpen your HDR images. Photographers are sometimes obsessed with sharpness in their photos. They want everything to be pixelly perfectly sharp [more…]

HDR Troubleshooting: Nothing is Working

When you run into a situation with your high dynamic range photographs and it seems like nothing you do is working — the settings don’t look good, the image feels wrong, the effects are all bad — relax [more…]

HDR Troubleshooting: Weak Coloring and Contrast

In general, bold, contrasting color is interesting to look at in HDR images. It’s powerful and striking. It reaches out, grabs you, and pulls you toward it. It gets your attention. [more…]

HDR Troubleshooting: Too Much HDR

Sometimes too much of a good thing (HDR processing) can be a bad thing. Sometimes when people first start working with HDR, they generate HDR images and then tone map it with the most absurdly unrealistic [more…]

Cross-Process a Black-and-White HDR Image in Photoshop

When colorizing (often called tinting or toning) a black-and-white high dynamic range (HDR) image, you may choose to cross-process the image. Cross-processing [more…]

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