There are literally millions of tutorials scattered throughout the internet for producing HDR images or a similar effect. More often than not they are a little bit brief or the end results do not quite live up to the promised effect. I have listed here, what I consider to be the ‘best of breed’ tutorials that I have used and learned from.
TheWindyPixel HDR Tutorial
If you haven’t visited TheWindyPixel yet then you are missing out. Featuring stunning HDR images of Chicago the site showcases some of the best examples of the technique you will find anywhere on the internet.
Also featured on the site is a very well written HDR tutorial. As well as explaining what you need to do to get a great image, the tutorial also explains why this technique should be adopted.
StuckInCustoms HDR Tutorial
If you like HDR then you will have heard of, and seen Trey Ratcliff’s work (if you haven’t, where have you been!?). He has also written a extremely good tutorial. Taking you through the shoot process, Photomatix and Photoshop techniques this article will stand you n very good stead to get out there and start capturing great examples of HDR photography. Trey’s work is also on Flickr.
Scott Kelby’s ‘Gritty Look’ tutorial
Vanilla Days HDR Tutorial
A great tutorial which takes you through the process and the individual settings within Photomatix to help you get the most from the software. This tutorial also considers the difference between using bracketed photos as opposed to a single RAW file. The difference between Photomatix and Photoshop’s HDR capabilities are also covered.
Cambridge In Colour HDR tutorial
This tutorial goes more into the technical side of things. Areas covered include the inner working of an HDR file, how BITS are allocated to increasing brightness and tonal hierarchy.
There is also an excellent HDR FAQ article by Terry Reinhert here (cheers Terry, it is a great article!), nice pic by the way!! ;0).