Though some photographers turn their noses up at the very idea of high dynamic range (HDR) photography, the technique can create remarkable images when used appropriately. But how do you learn the best techniques? Fortunately, Serge Ramelli’s HDR MasterClass is designed to take you through shooting and processing HDR photos from start to finish. Found here: The HDR MasterClass
The class covers Ramelli’s full HDR shooting and retouching workflow.
He first shows you how to set up your camera for HDR, then you’ll see a full HDR photo shoot, which shows you framing, setup, and shooting three exposures. Ramelli then teaches you the detailed workflow to retouch HDR in Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop (including digital blending).
The course’s 14 lessons cover 9 full photo shoots and include 3 free Photomatix presets.
Topics and Lessons Covered:
- how to set up your camera for HDR
- live HDR shoot in downtown Los Angeles
HDR Lightroom Preparation
- how to take a great HDR photo of downtown Los Angeles
- preparation for each photo in Lightroom before sending them to Photomatix
Photomatix HDR Introduction
- a first look at Photomatix 5.0 and all of the new options to create better HDR
- blending the exposure of that Los Angeles scene.
Photoshop HDR Blending
- Photoshop blending of the tone mapped HDR photo—fresh out of Photomatix—with the original RAW file,
- giving the photo a more natural feeling
- solving different issues with tone mapping
HDR Digital Blending
- digital blending using Photoshop
- using layers to blend the different exposures
HDR Workflow – The Blue Hour
- a brand new project with the same workflow: Lightroom, Photoshop and Photomatix but this time with a blue hour shot from the same scene in Los Angeles
HDR Final Touches
- second part of the blue hour,
- making corrections on the tone mapped image so that it really pops
Interior Design HDR
- creating an HDR photo of a beautiful interior design location to make the photo really pop and to bring out the snow outside
- comparing the different presets and methods in Photomatix to get a more natural result or a more detailed photograph
Black & White HDR – Part 1
- Creating HDR in black and white to achieve a strong, dramatic effect that will take your black and white photos to the next level
Black & White HDR – Part 2
- another example of how to use HDR to make superb, dramatic black and white photos
- how to make vintage locations look amazing
- how to use the new de-ghosting effect in Photomatix 5.0
- how to make a boring photo into a photo that pop
- more options with the de-ghosting effect
HDR using a Single RAW file
- how to make HDR with a single RAW file
Eiffel Tower HDR
- a beautiful HDR shot of a nice sunset in Paris at the most powerful view in the world
- 25 RAW photos (8 projects, most with 3 exposures each) and 3 Photomatix presets to follow along with these projects
Software Discussed in the Course:
Photomatix is the standard for HDR. If you don’t already have it, you can download a free trial or purchase the software here. Use the code “picturecorrect” to get 15% off Photomatix.
Learn more here: The HDR Photography MasterClass
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