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HDR Photography Tutorial: How to do HDR from Start to Finish – PLP # 70 by Serge Ramelli |
  • Friday , 25 September 2020

HDR Photography Tutorial: How to do HDR from Start to Finish – PLP # 70 by Serge Ramelli

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In this episode, we really get into all the details and full workflow to explore the different ways to make an HDR photo in Lightroom, Photoshop and HDR Efex Pro 2. We do some retouching and special effects. In the end, we have a number of results to choose from.





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  1. William D. Ramirez
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    This is a great guide for a beginner or expert compositor. It starts off with the basics of extraction and how to shoot your subject and takes you all the way through creating wonderful composites for an array of different projects. It helped a great deal with my
    learning curve for composting pictures. This learning by doing method gave me the confidence to take on more complex projects and was very fun to do.

  2. Tim Nguyen
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    Great tutorial! Do you know if instead of taking 3 different photos with different exposures, can I just take one photo and change exposure in my light room and then create hdr like that? Would that be easier and more sharpness?

  3. Charlie Morrison
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    i was there once.. they said anyone could make a picture of that place look amazing.. but you do it better then i could ever imagine

  4. Gary Goodman
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    Excellent videos serge, learning loads from them. Merci.

  5. Shawn Shing
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    Dear serge , please help me . Why my Lightroom 5 can not use in edit . Such as "panoramic , HDR , and few more .

    Thank you



  6. briddl1305
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    well you should also don't go there without a DSLR. Because then you pay 26 $ for a 30 min guided tour. if you have a DSLR you can go in without a guided tour and can stay up to 3 hours.

  7. David Gardner
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    Your titles go off the screen to quickly, therefore not able to read the text

  8. Igor Shen
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    You were lucky to hav evisited the canyon before the Indians got super greedy and banned tripods on non-photographic tours.  In addition, they shove groups one after another so that there isn't even 2-3 seconds of time between groups.  Another paradise spoiled by the greed.

  9. Luth Gracious
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    sir, may i ask?
    i noticed, you mostly use dng format when edit in lightroom.
    any need to convert from raw to dng?

  10. Maxim Yurchuk
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    Thanks a lot again Serge! One question please! Two years ago you started HDR tutorials with Photomatics now you use more Hdr Efex pro.What is your preferenses? As for my opinion it depends of a purpose but i just finished watching this tuorial and got  the answer.Thanks a lot again.Best regards from Ukraine!

  11. Laurent Kass
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    Bonjour Serge, une vidéo très intéressante. Avez-vous essayé hdrinstant pour Lightroom? 

  12. Khajak Kodjian
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    Thank you Serge for this wonderful tutorial.

    Can you please highlight your camera settings (starting from your lens) and your recommendations for landscape or other HDR photography.

    Merci 🙂

  13. Reina Smallenbroek
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    Love your tutorials.. thanks!

  14. Ctrèsbeau Claude
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    Good day Serge, Yes it is a very useful demonstration of the possibilities we can do with those Adobe programs. But, don't you think it will be as efficient and easier to use in Lightroom 5 the eraser to remove the person on the lower left?

  15. Roberto Binetti
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    Thanks Serge for this beautiful video!

  16. gustavo campos
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    Thanks, Serge, again for your very good tutorial. I have 3 different programs to do HDR (Nik, Photomatix and Expose 3). Although Nik is by far the simplest, my best results have been with Expose 3 (although I'm still learning how to use it since I just recently bought it). Photomatix is standart, very well, but is not that simple to use and one little error with just one slide and everything is spoiled. Perhaps you'd like to try the program…
    BTW, I liked your cloning… much better than my "angle change" with the clone pallet!
    Thanks again and keep on, man! I love your tutorials! 

  17. Lee YH
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    How does this 2 image compare with Photomatix?

  18. John Smith
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    If you have photomatrix, you don't need to bring the raw to photoshop cs for 32 bit conversion. Photomatrix (PM) will automatically convert your file to 32 bit (when you check the option of "show intermediate 32 bit image"), you will see the flash screen of your "32-bit" photo in 1-2 seconds just right before it's being brought in to the PM interface.
    IMHO, the best workflow is to do 1 exposure HDR. 1st, do "Serge" style retouching of the photo, then bring the photo to PM,

  19. John Smith
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    You dont have to sharpen in photoshop. Photomatrix will do all the sharpening, if you turn the "micro contrast" to max. When you return to LR, on "Detail" tab turn on noise reduction, bc even with 1 exposure hdr with iso 100 ,there is still noise being brought in. Photomatrix will do All the sharpening you need. To fing my photo jn Flickr 5 you need to google how to search member names, once you get to that link,then search my username: likehe888

  20. MicroWare1
    September 11, 2018 at 06:10

    Good demonstration of of how to use these techniques and how they differ.
    You did not however cover the best way to make an HDR. Using Lightroom and Photoshop cs5 or newer.

    In Lightroom or bridge select your bracketed photos (unedited photos), right click and merge in PS HDR pro. Save as a single "32bit" Tiff. Import that photo to Lightroom and edit it as you normally would.

    I think that you will find that this will give you a larger dynamic range and the photo overall will just look better.

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