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- 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
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.