Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a 32-bit file with Merge to HDR Pro in Photoshop, part of Enhancing Night and Low-Light Photos with Photoshop.
…For night photography of some scenes, the extreme range of brightness levels…present in a location can make it tricky to capture important detail in…both the darker shadows and the brighter highlights.…For those situations you can use high dynamic range imaging techniques,…also known as HDR, to take several shots of a scene with different…exposure settings to capture good detail throughout the entire brightness range.…Once the basic HDR file is created in Photoshop,…you can then take it back into Camera Raw for further adjustments.…
So for this location of the boat yard,…the contrast range was far greater than I could capture in a, a single exposure.…So this is why I used HDR for this scene.…Now, if you look at my exposures and check out the shutter speed down here,…you'll see that the first one is 14 seconds, the second one 29,…and then finally the third one is a minute long, roughly.…If you've never done HDR photography or processing before,…you can check out several really excellent titles in the lynda.com library.…
In this course, photographer and educator Seán Duggan explores a range of post-processing techniques aimed at expanding your creative options for night and low-light photography—and even "shooting" stars. He'll begin in Camera Raw for general enhancements (white balance, tonal and contrast adjustments, and noise reduction) and then turn to Photoshop to capitalize on its Merge to HDR feature, which can create spectacular high-dynamic-range images. Last, he includes techniques specifically for star photography: stacking layers to create star trails, removing and replacing blurry stars, and using luminosity masks on photos of the Milky Way.
- Using neutral guides to set white balance
- Applying lens profile corrections
- Reducing noise
- Working with 16-bit and 32-bit HDR images
- Stacking layers and combining exposures
- Improving star photography