HDR Tutorials

This alphabetical list contains HDR tutorials from experienced HDR photographers. Most of the tutorials have been existing for quite some time and proved to be useful. The order is alphabetical and does not imply any ranking.

Note: The HDR Resource List is living – it evolves and changes in the same way as the community changes. Therefore, this list is certainly incomplete and may not reflect the view of all visitor. If you feel that there is an important tutorial is missing here, please contribute to the list (how to contribute). If your contribution is added to the index, I will add you to the list of contributors.

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The Secret To Shooting Natural-Looking HDR Photos Using 32-Bit H

(http://www.adorama.com/alc/0014016/article/HDR-Ep-115-Take-and-Make-Great-Photography-with-Gavin-Hoey-Adorama-Photography-TV)
by Gavin Hoey

Description:
In this video, Gavin Hoey explains how to create realistic-looking HDR images in Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw.

Level: beginners
Type of content: video
Added on: 2013-04-18



Creating 32-bit (HDR) Images in LR 4.1

(http://tv.adobe.com/watch/the-complete-picture-with-julieanne-kost/quick-tip-creating-32bit-hdr-images-in-lr-41/)
by Julieanne Kost

Description:
"In this Quick Tip, Julieanne quickly demonstrates how to create a 32-bit file from multiple exposures in Photoshop and then, using the Develop module in Lightroom 4.1 refines the image's color and tonality both globally and selectively - all while still working in 32-bit! In the tutorial, I don’t believe that I mentioned that when I choose Edit > In, my default setting is to hand off a TIFF file to Photoshop. That way, when I save the file, it saves a 32-bit TIFF – which is what Lightroom prefers (not a PSD file)." [source: tv.adobe.com]

Level: advanced
Type of content: video
Added on: 2013-04-18



HDR Pro and HDR Toning

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2Z42oK_MAiI#!)
by Lynda.com

Description:
This video explains how to use the HDR Toning feature in Photoshop CS5 (and CS6).

Level: advanced
Type of content: video
Added on: 2013-04-18



How to HDR Timelapse

(http://vimeo.com/38838557)
by Dustin Farrell

Description:
In this video, Dustin Farrell explains how to shot and produce an HDR timelapse movie. Such a movie consists of a large number of HDR images put into a film sequence. Producing it requires special devices and techniques.

Level: advanced
Type of content: video
Added on: 2013-04-18



Camera Raw 7.0 & HDR

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CmCHp0t6WA)
by Blake Rudis

Description:
In this video, Blake Rudis shows you how to create a pseudo HDR image using Adobe Camera Raw 7. He demonstrate how effective version 7 of this Raw converter software is and how to work on the shadows and highlights separately.

Level: beginners, advanced
Type of content: video
Added on: 2013-04-18



Dual Processing HDR Images

(everydayhdr.com/hdr-tutorialdual-processing-hdr-images/)
by Blake Rudis

Description:
In this video tutorial, Blake Rudis the host of everydayhdr.com explains how you can create two different tone-mapped versions of the same image and blend them into each other to save blown out highlights without touching the other parts of the image. The video also gives a few useful tips about selective editing.

Level: beginners, advanced
Type of content: video
Added on: 2012-02-23



HDR Photography With Photoshop CS5

(psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/tools-tips/hdr-photography)
by Martin Perhiniak

Description:
In this 14-minute video, Martin Perhiniak explains the basics of creating and tone-mapping HDR images in Photoshop CS5. He explains the settings and how they should be used for different effects. This is a very nice overview video for those people who are just starting with Photoshop.

Level: beginners
Type of content: video
Added on: 2012-02-23



Advanced Masking Techniques

(goodlight.us/writing/tutorials.html)
by Tony Kuyper

Description:
In this set of Photoshop tutorials, Tony Kuyper explains luminosity masking and similar techniques that can be used in HDR post-processing and when you decide to manually blend the different source exposures to increase the dynamic range of your photos. Tony gives very detailed explanations about these techniques.

Level: advanced
Type of content: text
Added on: 2012-01-31



Fotofreq's HDR Post-Processing Workflow

(www.jacquesgude.com)
by Jacques Gude

Description:
In this 40 minute video tutorial, Jacques Gude shows his HDR workflow involving Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop and Nik Software. The tutorial URL is http://vimeo.com/15709645.

Level: beginners
Type of content: video
Added on: 2012-01-27



HDR Processing Techniques

(robhanson.wordpress.com/tutorials)
by Rob Hanson

Description:
"A comprehensive, High-Def, hour-long video created as Rob processed a friend’s HDR image, starting from initial analysis of the brackets, using Photomatix Pro to create multiple tonemaps, blending tonemap files in Photoshop CS5, layer masking, image cleanup, Nik Color Efex Pro filters, and final finishing." [source: robhanson.wordpress.com]

Level: beginners, advanced
Type of content: video
Added on: 2012-01-27



The making of HDR panoramas

(realitydream.hu/index.php?page=Tutorial)
by Zsolt Zsigmond

Description:
In this tutorial, Zsolt Zsigmond explains how to create HDR panoramas using Lightroom, Hugin and Photomatix.

Level: beginners, advanced, expert
Type of content: text
Added on: 2012-01-27



HDR Tutorials @ beforethecoffee.com

(beforethecoffee.com)
by Ferrell McCollough

Description:
On his website (beforethecoffee.com), Ferrell McCollough provides a number of very useful HDR tutorials. Especially if you need guidance for buying a camera for HDR, his section on 'DSLR Cameras for HDR' is very helpful.

Level: beginners, advanced
Type of content: text
Added on: 2012-01-25



HDR Tutorials @ blamethemonkey.com

(blamethemonkey.com/hdr-tutorials)
by Elia Locardi

Description:
Elia Locardi offers a set of free HDR-related tutorials on his website. One of the highlights are his slide-over before-and-after presentations.

Level: beginners
Type of content: text
Added on: 2012-01-24



Stuck in Customs HDR Tutorial

(stuckincustoms.com/hdr-tutorial)
by Trey Ratcliff

Description:
Trey Ratcliff's HDR tutorial is certainly the one most widely used on the web. Trey is an immensely popular HDR photographer and this tutorial has been around for a long time. The tutorial addresses beginners and explains the basics of HDR, the necessary tools and the basic steps involved in creating an HDR image.

Level: beginners
Type of content: text, video
Added on: 2012-01-21



HDR Cookbook

(farbspiel-photo.com/learn/hdr-cookbook)
by Klaus Herrmann

Description:
The HDR Cookbook mainly explains post-processing techniques that are applied after the tone-mapping step is completed. It contains give in-depth tutorials on how you can make your HDR images really eye-popping once they drop out of your HDR software.

Level: advanced, experts
Type of content: text, video
Added on: 2012-01-21



HDR How to Guide

(captainkimo.com/hdr-how-to-guide)
by Kim Seng (Captain Kimo)

Description:
Captain Kimo's HDR How to Guide is a collection of basic tutorials to get people started with HDR photography. It contains information on the basic of HDR, the usage of Photomatix, HDR shooting and basic post-processing steps.

Level: beginners
Type of content: text
Added on: 2012-01-21



HDR Best Practices Guide

(brianmatiash.com/resources/hdr-best-practices-guide)
by Brian Matiash

Description:
Brian Matiash's 'HDR Best Practices Guide' is a collection of tips structured into three distinct chapters (In the Field, Image Management, Post Processing). Brian explains the basics and gives valuable advice for novice HDR photographers.

Level: beginners
Type of content: text
Added on: 2012-01-21



Beginners Guide to HDR Photography

(www.digital-photography-school.com/setting-up-your-digital-camera-for-hdr-shooting)
by James Brandon

Description:
This is a 3-part tutorial series for beginners that covers camera setups, shooting techniques and post-processing.

Level: beginners
Type of content: text
Added on: 2012-01-21



Quick Tutorial of Photomatix Pro

(www.hdrsoft.com/resources/tutorial_basic/index.html)
by HDRsoft

Description:
This is a quick tutorial by HDRsoft (the software company that created Photomatix) that explains the major steps from taking the source images to processing them in Photomatix.

Level: beginners
Type of content: text
Added on: 2012-01-21


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23 replies
  1. Mark Rupert
    Mark Rupert says:

    While not specifically addressed to HDR, I have found Tony Kuyper’s Photoshop tutorials — especially on on luminance masking — to be hugely helpful in finishing my favorite HDR images after tone-mapping.

    http://goodlight.us/writing/tutorials.html

    For a modest price Tony sells a complete set of Photoshop actions and a custom Panel for CS5, but his tutorials are so clear and thorough that those who want to DIY can do so.

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  2. Ken Wah
    Ken Wah says:

    Hi Klaus,

    I would like to make my first contribution here.
    I would like to recommend http://www.confessionsofaphotoshopnerd.com/home/
    I found this website not long ago and it’s proven to be very useful in my HDR work. It is not entirely dedicated to HDR but a lot of the tutorials in there can really help turn a good HDR photo to a great one. I would also like to point everyone’s attention to the LAB colour tutorial on that website as once I learnt how to do it I pretty much use that technique in most of my HDR work.

    Thanks!

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  3. Rob Hanson
    Rob Hanson says:

    Greetings, Klaus!

    Thanks for including my video tutorial in your list of links. I hope your readers find the video set useful and informative.

    I have more in the works, to be published before too much longer. Would it be okay to notify you when they go up?

    Best wishes to you,
    Rob

    Reply
    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Rob,

      sure! Just drop me a line, and will check if your new stuff fits in somewhere. In the meantime, it would be great if you could point your visitors to The HDR Resource Index if you think it is a helpful resource.

      Cheers
      Klaus

      Reply
  4. Ramelli
    Ramelli says:

    Hello Klaus,

    I would love to contribute to your site. I have a podcast on photography retouching and did a few episodes on HDR, which you can fin here on my youtube channel :

    https://www.youtube.com/cmoeu

    Also here is my portfolio :

    http://www.sergeramelli.com

    You can also have more complete training on my training shopping page here :

    http://www.photoserge.com/apps

    And to finish off I did a little tribute to your work on my latest podcast which you can find here :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMMngpxz5jA

    Hope you like it :-)

    Reply
    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Serge,

      I already have your podcast on my shortlist of upcoming additions to the index. Thanks for all the information, my friend. You’re doing some aweosme work!

      Cheers
      Klaus

      Reply
  5. Grzegorz Rogala
    Grzegorz Rogala says:

    Hello Klaus

    I know that you have already covered the topic of HDR vertoramas but here is my take on it. The tutorial also explains how to stitch one in AutoPano Giga.

    Best
    Greg

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  6. Yehoshua
    Yehoshua says:

    Hi Klaus,
    I love your stuff: photos and tutorials!
    I really wanted to try out Gavin’s method for 32bit HDR, but when I saved the file (in PS6) it produced an invalid file (in the windows explorer thumbnail I saw a corrupted b&w image that was half black). this image file was not able to load back in to PS6.

    Please, any Ideas??

    Oh, bty, here’s my version of the Izmir harbor:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/6e6i42zfnfz6rc7/Izmir-Harbor—ppw—01-6_tonemapped_HDR_watermark-web.jpg

    Reply

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