Squeezing More Dynamic Range out of Your HDR Photos

Paradoxically, some HDR software is not very good at squeezing out all the dynamic range in your photos. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you a way to prepare your source photos in Lightroom before you take them to Photomatix. This will help you avoid blown out areas in the final HDR image.

I have written an article about this a couple of years ago. It seems that this type of preparation is still necessary today. So, I included this section in my new Ultimate HDR Master Class course.

In a Nutshell…

We’re going to create additional artificial exposures on the dark end and on the bright end of the scale. By feeding these to Photomatix in addition to the original exposures, we help Photomatix in transferring all the details in the shadows and in the highlights into the final HDR image.

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2 Comments on "Squeezing More Dynamic Range out of Your HDR Photos"

Franz Gisin
6 months 6 days ago


In one of your videos and/or blogs (I cannot recall which one), you commented that an image only has one soul – and that making multiple versions of an image (color, B&W, etc.) was not giving the image the respect it deserves. [Or something like that.] Where did this idea come from?