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

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If you are a premium subscriber to lynda .com or you have bought the DVD, well, I'd just personally like to thank you, but also I'd like to tell you that you're in luck, because you should have access to a folder of exercise files for this course. So if you are a Premium subscriber, if you are accessing this course online, download this folder. If you have it off of the DVD, copy this to your desktop or documents folder, just somewhere where you know where it is where you can get to it easily. Inside you'll find separate folders for each chapter and in each chapter you will find a whole bunch of, in this case, images. Tthese are all are all RAW files.
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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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Shooting and Processing High Dynamic Range Photographs (HDR)
4h 55m Intermediate Jul 22, 2011

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In this course, photographer Ben Long describes the concepts and techniques behind high dynamic range (HDR) photography, a technique used to create images that have a wider range between the lightest and darkest areas of a scene than a digital camera can typically capture. The course begins with some background on dynamic range, on how camera sensors detect shadows, and on the kinds of subjects that benefit from HDR. Ben then describes and demonstrates several methods of generating HDR images, starting with single-shot HDR, which relies on masking to subtly enhance the dynamic range of a shot. Next, the course covers multi-exposure HDR, which involves shooting several photos of a scene, each at a different exposure, and then combining them using software tools. Ben demonstrates how to use Photoshop and the popular Photomatix software to process HDR images whose appearance ranges from subtle to surreal.

Topics include:
  • Understanding how the image sensor detects shadows
  • Capturing a broader dynamic range
  • Knowing when to use HDR
  • Finding good HDR subject matter
  • Using gradient masks to improve dynamic range
  • Merging in Photoshop and processing elsewhere
  • Dealing with ghosting
  • Reducing noise and correcting chromatic aberrations
  • Handling HDR images that seem flat
  • Combining HDR and LDR (low dynamic range)
  • Selective editing with HDR Efex Pro
  • Creating panoramic HDR images
  • Creating an HDR time lapse
Subjects:
Photography HDR
Software:
Photoshop Photomatix SilverFast HDR Studio
Author:
Ben Long

Using the exercise files

If you are a premium subscriber to lynda .com or you have bought the DVD, well, I'd just personally like to thank you, but also I'd like to tell you that you're in luck, because you should have access to a folder of exercise files for this course. So if you are a Premium subscriber, if you are accessing this course online, download this folder. If you have it off of the DVD, copy this to your desktop or documents folder, just somewhere where you know where it is where you can get to it easily. Inside you'll find separate folders for each chapter and in each chapter you will find a whole bunch of, in this case, images. Tthese are all are all RAW files.

Most of these raw files were shot with a Cannon 5D Mark II, and we will be working a lot with these in Photoshop, Photoshop CS5. Even if you've got CS5, you should probably get the latest version of Photoshop Camera RAW, which you can get from Adobe's website for free at Adobe.com. So it's a good idea to get that updated and that will give you all the latest raw processors from Adobe. In the course of these lessons, if I want you to open a file or we are about to work with a particular file, you are going to see a big yellow overlay come up and it's going to tell you which files you need to go get and I will also in many cases direct you to them by name.

But if I don't, there will be a bit of text to queue you into which ones you need. There are a couple of places where I am actually just demoing a process and I am not providing you with the files because we have only got so much space and you don't really need them. It's one that you just watch, but most of these there are files that you can along with. As I will say a couple times throughout here, you are going to need a copy of Photoshop CS5, a copy of Photomatix, and a copy of HDR Efex. Even if you don't plan to use all of those, I really recommend following along because in some of these movies I'm not just showing you how to use those specific pieces of software. I'm kind of describing a thought process and letting you know what I look for and how I work through a particular image editing problem and those steps are true regardless of what software you are working with.

So it's worth going ahead and getting that stuff installed, so you can really follow along with each and every step.

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