HDR Photography – Free HDR Photography Tutorials and Resources

The Popularity of HDR Photography exploded in recent years. Everybody does HDR now. These days you can find HDR functionality even in entry level mobile phones. But before I move any further I want to address the main misconception about HDR Photography.

First, let’s define what HDR Photography is. HDR Photography is the process of taking multiple photos (bracketing) and merging them into one single image with extended dynamic range. That’s all. HDR is the process and not a style of photography. The way final image looks is totally up to the photographer.

When you see overcooked, oversaturated, over everything image, do not blame technology, blame person who applied that technology.

The goal of this blog is to share my experience on how to create beautiful images using different types of technology. One of them is HDR Photography.

For me, HDR Photography is a direct result of photo gear manufacturers miserable failure . Even with latest rapid advances in camera technology, the dynamic range of even the best digital camera remains much smaller than a human eye. Thus, the best camera on the market can interpret only part of our human experience.

This is where software people came up with the brilliant hack: HDR Photography. The goal of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is to artificially increase Dynamic Range of a given photograph, making it as close as possible to human experience. The concept is relatively simple: you take multiple photos with different exposures and use various software tools to merge them into a single image with extended dynamic range.

Below are the resources from my blog directly related to HDR Photography. 

HDR Tutorials and Guides on PhotoTraces

HDR Photography Tutorials - HDR In Lightroom

HDR In Lightroom. The Workflow

Since Adobe introduced the HDR Merge module in Lightroom 6, the Lightroom based HDR editing became ​the centerpiece of my natural looking HDR workflow.

The most unique feature of Lightroom HDR is that after merging multiple images, it produces DNG image​ allowing us to stay in non destructive RAW workflow.

HDR Photography Tutorials - Natuaral Looking HDR Tutorial

Natural Looking Photography Guide

This tutorial outline my methodology behind my HDR photography workflow.

Before HDR Merge module was introduced in Lightroom, I used the combination of Photoshop and Lightroom for my natural looking workflow.

HDR Photography Tutorials - Photomatix Workflow

HDR Workflow When Using Photomatix

Photomatix is the most popular dedicated HDR program around. In combination with Photoshop and Lightroom it allows us to create some stunning HDR images.

HDR Photography Tutorials - Creating HDR Panoramas

Creating HDR Panoramas In Lightroom

A step-by-step tutorial on how to create and stitch HDR panoramas directly in Lightroom.

HDR Photography Tutorials - Reason for Using Dedicated HDR Programs

Reason for Using Dedicated HDR Programs

In 90% of cases, Lightroom is all you need to start producing natural looking HDR images. But, in some cases you still need a dedicated HDR program.

HDR Photography Tutorials - Not soObvious Reason for Using HDR

The Not-So-Obvious Reason for Using HDR

We all know that we use HDR technology when the dynamic range of the scene, we intend to paragraph, exceeds the dynamic range of the camera sensor. In the featured Case Study I demonstrated another reason for using HDR.

HDR Photography Tutorials - Editing Extreme HDR Photo

Case Study: Editing Extreme HDR Photo

In some cases, when the dynamic range of the scene is extreme, it takes an extra effort to create well-balances HDR image.

HDR Photography Tutorials - Simplified Editing Workflow for HDR Photography

Simplified Editing Workflow for HDR Photography

In today’s case study I demonstrate how you can combine HDR workflow and Lightroom Rapid Editing. This approach allows my to create natural looking and well-balanced HDR images in just minutes.

HDR Photography Tutorials - HDR with Point and Shoot Camera

HDR Photography with Point and Shoot Camera

It is possible to create interesting HDR images point and shoot camera. Learn how.

HDR Photography Tutorials - Lightroom Rapid Editing

Lightroom Rapid Editing System for HDR Photography

The Best HDR “Deconstructing Photo” blog posts

When I publish a new photo to my blog with the detailed breakdown on how it was taken and edited, it goes into the “Deconstructing Photo” category. I have learned that the most popular feature of these posts among the readers is Before & After demonstrations.

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