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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.
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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