HDR tip from the artist

September 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

For all of you people who enjoy giving some of your photos a quality HDR (High Dynamic Range) look, there are some ways of achieving it without purchasing expensive HDR software. For beginners, who love their iPhones and want to get an HDR look, I use the 'drama' effect' on the Snapseed app.

For semi-professional/professionals who edit their work on computers, I edit all of my pics with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Now since I dont have an HDR fuction for Lightroom, I can manipulate the photos in a way that makes it look like three exposures combined into one (HDR) by raising the fill light (not so much as to create noise), but just enough to fill in the underexposed areas. This may introduce slight noise, but thats ok for an HDR look. If you do introduce slightly more noise than you intended, you can always heighten the contrast and or darks to eliminate noise in the darker areas.

Just remember, when editing to achieve an HDR look, try not to over do it. Too many times I find that people editing photos go over the top, effectively eliminating the art that would normally make it a good photo, but when done tastefully and used more as an accent, HDR work can be really captivating. Enjoy editing.


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