Everyone has heard of HDR photography by now. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and is used to capture the entire range of tones in an image from the lowest low lights to the highest high lights. The technique can be used to create almost cartoon-like images which has caused a huge debate all over the internet for the last few years…
If used correctly it is simply a way of creating great photographs which have a huge amount of detail and tonal range included. I have actually started seeing the world in HDR as I am constantly on the look out for great subjects and locations. I look for contrasting colours and textures (especially in the sky between the clouds and the clear sky). Portraits can also work in HDR as it can often give a gritty look (as with my self portrait below)
Stuck In Customs – Trey Ratcliff is one of the best known HDR and travel photographers on the internet. This HDR tutorial is the first one I read which was clear enough to follow and achieve good results.
The Windy Pixel – Justin Kern has a very unique style in his work, his photos are very smooth and almost dream like. Again Justin has created a very comprehensive and detailed HDR tutorial.
FreePhotoResources – My tutorial is based around the workflow within PhotoMatix and explains each stage and the effects different controls will have on the image be processed.
Vanilla Days – Really nice, in depth tutorial.
Cambridge In Colour – A more technical look at HDR.
Dave Hill Effect
Dave Hill is a photographer that has developed his own, very unique photo technique which he uses to great affect in his work. There are many tutorials regarding this technique but this one from Scott Kelby is the one I consider top of the bunch.
More and more software is emerging whcih all claim to be the best and achieve results that no other can, however, the tried and tested packages are;
PhotoMatix – In my opinion the best and easiest to use HDR processing package available.
Adobe Photoshop – There is a work flow within Photoshop for HDR which many find does the job very nicely. I use Photoshop to further post process my images once finished in Photomatix.
Picturenaut – Freeware HDR processing software from HDRlabs.
Essential HDR (codename Wukong) – Happy to compare there results with other packages, Wukong is impressive and there is a free version.
Flickr Groups For Inspiration
HDR – Some great examples of HDR can be found in this group and newcomers are more than welcome. You are asked to comment on other members photos to create a community and share knowledge and tips.
Supreme HDR/DRI – As with the above group there are some superb examples of HDR photography to be found in this group.
HDR & PS Post Processing – This group concentrates on the work put in by the photographer during the post processing stage. Most of the images submitted are HDR and the quality in the processing is easy to see.
HDR Websites and Resources
Merge To HDR In PS CS3