Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting HDR, part of HDR Photography: Shooting and Processing.
I am out here on this old railroad trestle to do a little HDR shooting.…And before we get started on how I am going to do that, I want you to notice something.…The light is beautiful.…I am out here in the late afternoon/early evening because that's when you-- and the plants are getting closer--…because that's when you take good pictures.…Just because I'm shooting HDR, just because I am going to have this tremendous…amount of dynamic range and color to work with, doesn't mean that I don't have to…worry about good light.…HDR is not a substitute for good light.…I still want the long shadows, I still want the rich textures, I still want the…deep color, I still want the nice tone that I get from afternoon light.…
You don't go out at noon and because you are shooting HDR, suddenly I have this…magic bullet for bad light.…So I've waited for the light to turn good, I've looked for subject matter that's…going to work well in the good light and here I am.…Why did I choose this location?…A couple of reasons.…
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
2. What Is HDR?
3. Shooting and Organizing HDR
4. Expanding Dynamic Range Through Masking
5. Processing Multi-Shot HDR Images in Photoshop CS5
6. Additional Retouching and Finishing
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