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    Photoshop Tricks: how to get the HDR effect from one image

    | Photo Editing, Photoshop | 15/08/2012 11:50am
    Photoshop Tricks: how to get the HDR effect from one image

    When you’re faced with a subject that has a high dynamic range – that is, one that has high contrast, with both very bright highlights and very dark shadows – one technique you can use to capture the full tonal range is high dynamic range imaging. But as you will see in our Photoshop tutorial below, there is a simple way to get an HDR effect from just one picture.

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    How to make realistic HDR in Photomatix Pro

    | Photo Editing | 04/06/2012 07:00am
    How to make realistic HDR in Photomatix

    High dynamic range (HDR) is something photographers either love or hate. We love it! You can use it to create some extremely dynamic, surreal images and push the look to its limits. There are many bad examples of HDR out there where extreme tone mapping in Photomatix has left images overcooked and overdone. But when you aim for realistic HDR and your images aren’t pushed to extremes, it’s a technique that can really help you in difficult lighting conditions.

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    6 tips for making subtle HDR photos

    | Photo Editing, RAW | 07/05/2012 08:30am
    6 tips for making subtle HDR photos

    Essentially, there are two reasons for making HDR photos. First, as a photographer you often experience lighting conditions that have a higher dynamic range than your sensor is capable of recording in one gulp, so HDR photos capture and compress the brightness range.Done well, no-one will ever know it’s an HDR.

    The second reason that you would use HDR is for the look — to boost the colours and contrast of a dull subject or to give your image a grungy feel. With these reasons in mind, lets take a look at 6 ways you can make HDR photos that are subtle and spectacular.

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    HDR Photography: do it with 2 exposures

    | Photography Tutorials | 05/03/2012 12:00pm
    Make HDR images from 2 exposures

    Exposure blending enables you to mix images to get perfectly exposed skies, not always from the same scene. It’s not only a simple way of making HDR images, but it’s also a way of making more realistic-looking HDR images.

    The process when shooting is simple and most cameras have a built-in Bracketing feature to aid you further. It’s crucial that one image captures the detail of the sky and the other that of the foreground – then you use Layers and Masks to blend the two.

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    Masterclass: Get HDR effects by merging RAW files

    | Photo Editing, RAW | 17/01/2012 13:58pm
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    Want to get stunning High Dynamic Range images, but don’t have the patience or software? Here’s a clever way to get fantastic HDR images by merging RAW files in Photoshop

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    Masterclass: How to shoot and edit HDR images

    | Landscapes, Photography Tutorials, Technique step by step | 16/01/2012 13:37pm
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    Discover how to capture highlights and shadows in one shot by combining three exposures in one photo with a perfect tonal range.

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    Dragan effect Photoshop video

    | Photo Editing, Technique Video | 23/06/2010 12:33pm

    Give your portraits a dramatic makeover in the style of Andrzej Dragan with this video tutorial
    This cool effect will only take a matter of minutes in Photoshop Elements, but will give your portraits an extra special look. HDR techniques were originally conceived as a way of combining multiple exposures to maximise tonal range. HDR software also allows photographers to produce a hyper-real finish, and it’s this that captured the imagination of the masses. But long before HDR came along, Polish photographer Andrzej Dragan pioneered this technique for hyper real style portraits, and his name has since become attached to the method. Pulling out every last bit of texture in a portrait image, so that each line, freckle, wrinkle and pore is emphasised you wind up with a hyper-real, almost 3D feel to your image. Watch this video to find out how you can recreate the look yourself.

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    How to create an HDR landscape in Photoshop

    | Photo Editing, Technique Video | 11/03/2010 11:56am

    Record the full tonal range of any landscape with the Photomerge Exposure feature in Elements 8
    High-dynamic range – or HDR – imaging describes the process of combining several exposures to record the full range of highlight and shadow detail in a high contrast scene, above and beyond the capabilities of your D-SLR’s sensor. Take the sunset image provided, a single exposure would leave us with either a correctly exposed foreground and a burnt out sky, or a well-exposed sky and a foreground that’s almost black. Combining your exposures is the only way of getting those highlights and shadows just right. The Exposure Merge feature is new to Elements 8, so those with older versions will need to upgrade, but watch the video to find out how easy it is to achieve!

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    Get perfect exposures every time

    | Technique step by step | 10/07/2009 15:02pm

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    Create perfectly exposed landscapes with Photomatix

    | Technique Video | 09/07/2009 20:54pm

    Learn to create dramatic landscapes with maximum detail in the shadows and highlights
    To make use of Photomatix and this tutorial you’ll need to take three shots of the same scene – one normal exposure, one underexposed by -2 stops and one overexposed by +2 stops, this is to give you detail in both the shadows and highlights, when you merge all three shots together. We show you how…

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