Excellent for any skill level, from beginner to advanced. Trey demonstrates, step-by-step, how he sets up his camera, composes the shot and edits it during post-processing in every possible situation:. Trey developed this software along with Macphun, an amazing company that has already created many other stunning photography tools for the Mac. He grew up blind in one eye, and this has changed the way he has come to experience and visually map the world. This, combined with his degree in computer science and math, has evolved a method of processing that opened up a new range of possibilities.
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Trey Ratcliff is an HDR guru, old-school gentleman explorer. In this tutorial, Trey will teach you how to shoot the best HDR images possible, what software to choose, how to use it, and pick up a few neat tricks along the way.
Scroll down, and learn how to shoot HDR like a pro! If you use some special HDR software, you can see all the light in the final photo that you can see when you are standing on the scene.
With HDR processing, there is no longer a need for that — now the final image can be as truly evocative as it was when you were there.
The human eye can see so much more than a single shot from your camera! I say there is no need to accept the limitations of the camera. You can use the camera in a simple and innovative way to replicate what the eye can do. The human eye can see about 11 stops of light.
A stop is a measurable amount of light. A camera can see about 3 stops of light. I think this goes to show how mainstream and accepted HDR can be, if the technique is properly applied. Here are some tips when it comes to choosing your camera and what tools I recommend to bring along. What equipment do I have? I started with a very low-end camera, and I have continued to upgrade over time. For great equipment reviews head over to Reviews Section on my website.
To make an HDR image, get a camera that fits any of the following:. You might want to use a tripod if you are planning on low-light photos like sunsets and these sorts of things. You can do everything handheld, but using a tripod is actually a lot of fun. Your box of 64 Crayons will be your software. I prepared a list of software that I use myself to put HDR photos together. The first list of software is my personal absolute must and will be discussed in this tutorial , and the second set is fun recommended software.
All programs that I mention work on both Mac or Windows. I have converted from a Windows guy to a Mac guy. You will have to take multiple photos of the same scene at different exposures, so that later you could stitch these photos into one HDR image.
This is when having a tripod will come in handy. The idea is to take under exposed, over exposed photos and photos with normal exposure. Later you will merge these photos with post-processing software and will compensate the high dynamic range which your camera could not see, but your eye could. Autobracketing allows your camera to take multiple photos say 3 in rapid sequence.
Each one of those photos will be at a different shutter speed. But more on this soon. Aperture priority. Put your camera into Aperture Priority mode and turn on Autobracketing. Some cameras can do more, some less. Do what you can with your camera. But that is crazy. I so rarely do that. There is no discernible advantage in stepping by 1, by the way. I love to go down to this place.
It always feels epic and wonderful, but as you can see, the original photo was not all that exciting. To do this, I dragged the five images from Lightroom onto the Photomatix Icon, but there are many ways to do it.
You can select the images from a folder or use Photomatix to load them in. It looks scary, but it is not. You are welcome to experiment with all of these areas, but the only one I usually check is the bottom option.
If I did handheld shots without a tripod, then I would also select the first one there to auto-align. And then you will see…this! On the right are the my presets. Whenever I click on a preset, it dramatically moves around the sliders and drop-downs on the left. You can create your own preset or download one from the internet. Sunsets, middle of the day, interiors, etc.
So, I usually come into Photomatix and just click around on many of my different presets. Some are horrible for one situation but awesome for others! It always changes. Okay, this is where it can get confusing for new people, but I will explain it. Well, depending on what you choose in those top two areas, it dramatically changes the sliders and options beneath!
But I use many of the other combinations as well. After you have fun playing with the sliders, click Process and then you are ready for Finishing Touches. Finishing touches allow you to make a few more final changes in Photomatix before you save the image. Personally, I do not stop here. I have a few more steps that I go through using different tools in order to get the final image.
Step 4: Post-processing Now that you are done with merging the photos into one HDR photograph you can continue editing the shot in your favourite processing program.
Today, we are going to use Lightroom to make another version of that image. In my actual day-to-day processing, I may make several Photomatix versions and several Lightroom versions. The final step, you will see, if you will let me jump ahead, is to layer them all in Photoshop and then combine them into something totally unique that speaks to your personality and your sense of art-self. Maybe this means something to you. Then go into Develop mode and apply or create a preset which would add drama to the centre of your photograph.
Usually a well faded vignette will do the trick. Many of them do the things that HDR does. The most important sliders are shown in the image below on the top left. As with all these, you can click to zoom in on the image above so you can deconstruct how the preset works. By the way, that is the same temporary directory where I have my Photomatix file. Below, you can see the two images side by side. I hope not! This is what friends do, right? We push one another gently out of our comfort zones.
Then add two images: one you just completed in Lightroom and your original HDR photo. Layer one on top the other. If you have never done Masking in Photoshop watch this handy tutorial. Quick hint: When you hit the backslash key, you can see where you are masking through. The more intense the pink, the more you have masked through to see the layer underneath. I executed both actions using few of the recommended softwares, you can read about it here. Follow Trey on px , or visit his website and Facebook page.
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Trey Ratcliff is an HDR guru, old-school gentleman explorer. In this tutorial, Trey will teach you how to shoot the best HDR images possible, what software to choose, how to use it, and pick up a few neat tricks along the way. Scroll down, and learn how to shoot HDR like a pro! If you use some special HDR software, you can see all the light in the final photo that you can see when you are standing on the scene. With HDR processing, there is no longer a need for that — now the final image can be as truly evocative as it was when you were there. The human eye can see so much more than a single shot from your camera! I say there is no need to accept the limitations of the camera.
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