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Up and Running with HDR Efex Pro 2.0
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Up and Running with HDR Efex Pro 2.0

with Tim Grey

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(music playing) Hello, I'm Tim Grey. I've been a photographer for as long as I can remember, and for much of that time, I struggled with exposure issues when the contrast of a scene exceeded the capture capibilites of my film or digital image sensor. Fortunately, that's a problem of the past thanks to high dynamic range imaging, or HDR. To create a high dynamic range image, you need to capture multiple images with different exposure settings. Those images then need to be assembled using special software in order to create a final image that represents the full range of the original scene. One of the software tools serving this purpose is HDR Efex Pro from Nik software.

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Up and Running with HDR Efex Pro 2.0
1h 21m Beginner Nov 08, 2012

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In this workshop Tim Grey teaches how to use Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2.0 to create great high-dynamic-range (HDR) images. After showing you the basics of HDR Efex Pro—including configuring the interface and settings, using presets, and evaluating your image—Tim introduces the various adjustment options. Learn how to make overall tonal and color adjustments, use control points to apply selective adjustments, and reset adjustments or go back in the history. Plus, get tips on applying finishing touches to your images and saving the final processed image.

Topics include:
  • Assembling HDR images
  • Configuring the interface
  • Applying adjustments
  • Working with presets
  • Evaluating the before and after
  • Modifying settings via a Smart Object
  • Using selective adjustments
  • Finishing touches
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Tim Grey

Welcome

(music playing) Hello, I'm Tim Grey. I've been a photographer for as long as I can remember, and for much of that time, I struggled with exposure issues when the contrast of a scene exceeded the capture capibilites of my film or digital image sensor. Fortunately, that's a problem of the past thanks to high dynamic range imaging, or HDR. To create a high dynamic range image, you need to capture multiple images with different exposure settings. Those images then need to be assembled using special software in order to create a final image that represents the full range of the original scene. One of the software tools serving this purpose is HDR Efex Pro from Nik software.

And I have to say, with version 2, I am very excited about this great software tool. I'll start off by showing you the various ways you can assemble a basic HDR image, using HDR Efex Pro, including a work flow that incorporates Adobe Photoshop, or Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Next, we'll take a look at the basics of HDR Efex Pro, including configuring the interface and settings, utilizing presets, and evaluating your image. We'll then go step by step through the various adjustment options that are available in HDR Efex Pro, including overall tonal adjustments, color adjustments, and the ability to reset adjustments, or go back in the history. One of the more powerful capabilities of HDR Efex Pro is the ability to utilize control points to apply selective adjustments.

We'll take a look at all of the various options available for this powerful feature that enables a high degree of control over the adjustments you apply. Finally, we'll take a look at some finishing touches you can apply to your photos and learn how to save the final processed image. I've really grown to enjoy HDR imaging and find that HDR Efex Pro to be an excellent tool for assembling and optimizing HDR images. I look forward to showing you how to make the most of this powerful software tool. Let's get started.

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