HDR photography tutorial – That weird HDR image

HDR photography tutorial – weirdo HDR image

We have seen them. That strange looking HDR image with the over saturated strange looking colours. All there are those HDR images which are so short that they might cut you, with all the details enhanced and emphasised. There is a well-known photographer on the Internet by the name of Trey Ratcliffe who goes by the name of Stuck in Customs. Try has made a name for himself with the HDR image producing some stunning looking photographs from all around the world. Some of these images from Iceland are particularly amazing. Even if we can’t all have the opportunity to travel around the world in order to make amazing photography HDR style, we can still learn how to make the HDR image. If you check out the website for Stuck in Customs you will be to find a HDR photography tutorial. This will answer all of your questions about what is HDR photography.

HDR image

What is HD photography?

Basically with the HDR photography you are extending the visual range of your photograph. Usually the way to do this is to take 3 to 5 shots of the image with the exposures bracketed. So you will have one photograph where the image is overexposed, another photo where the image is underexposed and one where the image is correct in terms of exposure. Then you will use software such as the Hdrsoft Photomatix pro to merge these photos together. You will then have a photograph which is your HDR image, giving you more visual information in the shadows and the highlights.

Easy does it with photography HDR

Judging by the many examples of the HDR image around the Internet you’ll understand that it is quite easy to overdo it. While the HDR image is always going to be a little bit strange to the eye and more a piece of photographic art than a faithful rendition of your natural scene, there is no need for it to be completely stupid looking. Fortunately with the HDR software that many people use called Photomatix Pro, there are settings which allow you to achieve a wide range of effects. You can still go for something that might look silly, but you can also do something that will make a great looking HDR image.


The first stage of the process is to choose whether you want to go for enhanced details or a fusion style of HDR image. Once you have made that decision you will be presented with a variety of choices in the form of sliders and switches that will affect your final image. Even without using a HDR photography tutorial you will soon find some favourites within the style of photograph that you can create. When you start using Photomatix Pro you will more than likely use all of the different possibilities available before finding some combinations that suits your photographs best. Practice using the Photomatix Pro application and you will soon be able to make your own HDR photography how to video.

There are no rules for making that HDR image

Just as there are all sorts of different images that you can create using your camera, there are as many and more types of photographer. Just remember that the images that you are making, your HDR image, is your work of art. You don’t have to be put off by the rigidly purist naturalistic photographer that will without a doubt, laugh at your bright coloured photos. You have the right to tell anybody else to go and stuff themselves and do it the way that you want to. So off you go to get your HDR application, HDRsoft Photomatix Pro and start fiddling with those dials.

More HDR photography how to.

When you are taking your photos with your camera, if you are shooting raw then you may not need to take the bracketed multiple photos. You may find with many of your photos that you can put them into Photomatix Pro singly and still be able to create your HDR image. There will be enough visual information within the raw photograph to do what you want.

I usually go for the three bracketed images, but I have also used a set of five images. I have also found that on occasions I can get the sort of effects that I’m looking for that is not strictly an HDR image. This can be done within your photo editing software, such as Pixelmator and sometimes also within iPhoto, LightRoom or Aperture. This is going to be more possible when you are shooting raw photos. Don’t forget to look at the Stuck in Customs website.

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