HDR Photography Workflow: Part 1 of 3 / SML Tutorials http://sml8.it/1cdR1kN Part 1 of 3
This presentation briefly goes through the steps of how I processed a high dynamic range image of a cloudscape during stormy season in Hong Kong.
High dynamic range images or HDR, is the process of combining multiple low dynamic range captures into a single image, when a single capture does not afford the necessary range for what is intended.
Three captures were made for the making of the final image. All three images share the same ISO, the same aperture value, and the same focal length. They differ in shutter speed, and the result is shown here, with one normal exposure (0EV), one 3 stops down (-3EV) and one 3 stops up (+3EV).
The image on the left was exposed for the overall intent: the clouds and the reflection on the sea. The image in center was exposed for the highlights, which provides some tonal details in the sunlight in this case. And the image on the right is exposed for the shadow areas, where the buildings on the horizon are now correctly exposed, and you can see the patterns on the water surface.
After importing my RAW captures into Lightroom, I have exported them to merge to HDR via Photoshop. I used to use Photomatix for this but lately I have been using Photoshop because it was easier for my workflow.
The important bits to note here is that you should be focusing on extracting details from the captures, and not trying to create the final image.
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