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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Developing a 32-bit HDR image in Camera Raw: Deke's Techniques

Develop a 32-bit HDR Image in Camera Raw

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Today’s Deke’s Techniques video shows how to merge multiple exposures inside of Adobe Photoshop CC and Camera Raw, creating a high dynamic range (HDR) image. For those not in the know, HDR imaging reproduces a wider exposure range, capturing both the faintest and most direct light in a single image. The classic example is a dark ground plane against a bright sky. However, without a special HDR-equipped camera, you don’t have much of a choice when you’re shooting. You can capture the sky and let the foreground recede into shadow, or capture the foreground and blow out the sky. By combining these images in post, you get the best of both worlds: a bright sky with detailed shadows.

In this technique, Deke uses Photoshop to perform the Merge to HDR Pro, resulting in a 32-bit image with lots of visual information but not a lot of life. He then takes advantage of the seamless Creative Cloud workflow to send the 32-bit HDR image to Camera Raw for further refinement, using the Camera Raw filter. Get started with the free video below, which includes bonus tips on getting multiple exposures with your camera’s bracketed shooting mode.

Once you’re done, visit the lynda.com library, where Deke shows you how to solve one of the only problems with this image: the gigantic file size. When we return in the new year, Deke will show you how to ring it in properly with Illustrator’s dynamic effect. Enjoy the holidays! We’ll see you in 2014.

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