The Complete HDR Workflow

The complete High Dynamic Range Imaging Workflow video – How to go from a single RAW image to a High Dynamic Range Image.

You will need:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • HDRSoft Photomatix
  • Topaz Adjust
  • Nik Color Efex
  • Imageonomics Noiseware.

This is the 6-minute guide to creating High Dynamic Range Images using a single RAW file, and the power of layers in Adobe Photoshop.

The bane of all digital cameras is the sensitivities (or lack thereof) of their sensors. No matter how expensive a digital camera is, it is very limited in the range of colours and tones that it can capture in a single frame when compared to film.

Fortunately, in the digital darkroom, we can work around such limitations using a method of photography called High Dynamic Range Imaging (or HDRI). HDRI allows one to produce some of the most breathtaking images that you can imagine. It allows a photographer to photograph a subject at multiple f-stops (and consequently, exposure levels) thereby allowing their cameras to assimilate as much colour information as possible at each f-stop. Digitally combining these exposures correctly can produce breathtaking images that are otherwise nearly impossible to produce with a single exposure.

High Dynamic Range Imaging Defined

In image processing, computer graphics and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of exposures (the range of values between light and dark areas) than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows.
This video covers how to generate an HDR image using a single exposure, and then how to isolate specific areas and post process them separately to produce stunning High Dynamic Range Images.

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