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Single-shot HDR images in HDR Efex

From: Shooting and Processing High Dynamic Range Photographs (HDR)

Video: Single-shot HDR images in HDR Efex

Single shot or faux HDR is the process of spitting out three separate exposures from the same RAW file and then merging those. We looked at how to do that in Photomatix. Now we are going look at how to do it in HDR Efex and it's actually very simple. I open an image in Photoshop just like I normally would, go to Filter > Nik Software > HDR Efex Pro, and it takes care of generating those different exposures from the same image data, and now I've got all of my normal HDR controls that I would have even if I was working with a bracketed set.

Single-shot HDR images in HDR Efex

Single shot or faux HDR is the process of spitting out three separate exposures from the same RAW file and then merging those. We looked at how to do that in Photomatix. Now we are going look at how to do it in HDR Efex and it's actually very simple. I open an image in Photoshop just like I normally would, go to Filter > Nik Software > HDR Efex Pro, and it takes care of generating those different exposures from the same image data, and now I've got all of my normal HDR controls that I would have even if I was working with a bracketed set.

Just as in Photomatix, all of these sliders are going to do far or less than they would if I was working with a real HDR set and for the little bit that they do, I am going to run into highlight clipping and shadow clipping much sooner than I would with a real HDR set. So this is not a substitute for full HDR, but again, it's a great thing to have for times when shooting a bracketed set is not practical or possible.

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  1. 6m 46s
    1. Welcome
      2m 0s
    2. What you need for this course
      2m 37s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 9s
  2. 24m 55s
    1. Dynamic range defined
      4m 31s
    2. Understanding bit depth
      3m 37s
    3. Image sensor and shadows
      2m 38s
    4. Three methods for capturing more dynamic range
      3m 56s
    5. HDR shooting and processing
      4m 40s
    6. Single-shot HDR
      2m 43s
    7. When to use HDR
      2m 50s
  3. 19m 59s
    1. Finding HDR subject matter
      4m 38s
    2. Shooting HDR
      9m 45s
    3. Workflow and organization
      5m 36s
  4. 17m 52s
    1. Using gradient masks to improve dynamic range
      3m 56s
    2. More dynamic range masking
      8m 57s
    3. Masking with brushes
      4m 59s
  5. 1h 35m
    1. Creating an HDR image in Photoshop
      12m 15s
    2. Creating an HDR image in Photomatix
      22m 5s
    3. Creating an HDR in HDR Efex
      11m 47s
    4. Merging in Photoshop and processing elsewhere
      3m 51s
    5. Using Tone Compressor in Photomatix
      4m 25s
    6. Using Exposure Fusion in Photomatix
      7m 35s
    7. Single-shot HDR images in Photomatix
      4m 18s
    8. Single-shot HDR images in HDR Efex
      1m 3s
    9. Single-shot HDR images in Photoshop
      5m 32s
    10. Ghosting and Photoshop
      2m 51s
    11. Ghosting and HDR Efex
      2m 47s
    12. Ghosting and Photomatix
      6m 36s
    13. Batch processing in Photomatix
      10m 51s
  6. 2h 9m
    1. Reducing noise and correcting chromatic aberrations
      13m 33s
    2. Finishing an image
      8m 42s
    3. Handling HDR images that are "flat"
      13m 37s
    4. Combining HDR and LDR
      19m 40s
    5. Selective editing with HDR Efex Pro
      9m 42s
    6. HDR that doesn't look like HDR
      12m 42s
    7. Tone mapping troubles to watch for
      6m 46s
    8. Why use HDR for black-and-white images?
      5m 26s
    9. Black-and-white HDR
      12m 39s
    10. Panoramic HDR
      12m 3s
    11. HDR time lapse
      4m 24s
    12. Processing the trestle image
      10m 1s
  7. 37s
    1. Goodbye
      37s

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