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How to Use Noise Stacking In Your HDR Workflow

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In this video tutorial, I'm going to show you how to apply noise stacking to your HDR workflow. This will enable you to shoot hand-held at high ISO settings and come away with clean images without applying a high dose of noise reduction in post-processing.
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How to Enhance a Sunrise Image in Lightroom

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In this excerpt from my Ultimate HDR Master Class 2017, I am showing you how to apply the right global adjustments and - more importantly - some clever local adjustments to bring all the glory back into your image.
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The Making of 'The Church' - HDR Panorama

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In this video, you see the entire post-processing work from merging the source photos into HDR images, via the panorama stitching, all the way to the editing stage where I change quite a bit of the lighting in the original scene around to shape the image according to what I had in mind. All of this is shown as time-lapse, 5 x faster than real time.
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Stop Doing HDR like it's 2008!

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Do you remember the days when everybody and their dog did HDR? People would just slap some preset onto their image in their favorite HDR app, finish it off by tweaking it in unbearable ways and post it online. Well, thankfully, those days are over. Over the last decade, things have changed. The initial HDR hype ebbed away, techniques and apps have matured, and HDR has silently entered mainstream photography as a useful tool.
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How to Create an HDR Panorama in Lightroom

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In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to use Lightroom to create one of the most complex types of images. We’re going to make an HDR panorama by merging and stitching 21 photos to get a single 180° image that has sufficient details in the highlights and shadows.
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6 Methods to Create an HDR Image

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Over the years, different software solutions for creating an HDR image from a set of source exposures have emerged. First, it was Photomatix and other dedicated software tools that where mainly used. In parallel, people always used to do manual blending for more subtle results. Then HDR was added to Photoshop and with Lightroom CC/6, it was finally possible to merge your source exposures directly in Lightroom. In this article, you will get an overview of the most commonly used methods and techniques. They are quite diverse and can be used to achieve different types of results, ranging from a classical colorful, detail-rich HDR look to very subtle and natural looking images.
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Shape the light in your photos with Photoshop and Camera Raw

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In this excerpt of a CreativeLive class, Jack Davis shows you that the lighting that you captured in your images is not carved in stone. He shows you an interesting HDR workflow where he blends three exposures from an interior scene. Instead of simply merging them and letting the tone mapping decide what the final look will be, he takes control by blending them manually. By doing so, you can create light where you want it and give a scene a whole new mood.
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Review: Midnight in Paris by Trey Ratcliff

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In this 4-hour video course, world-famous travel photographer Trey Ratcliff and fashion and fine-art photographer Miss Aniela take you on a journey through the majestic French countryside and inside the Château de Champlâtreux for a one-of-a kind photography workshop. They show you how to shoot different types of photos in that renaissance building and context, and in the extensive post-processing parts of the tutorial, they show you how to make those image come to life.
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How to create HDR images using only Photoshop layer masks

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Creating an HDR image is typically involved with a quite time-consuming workflow that consists of merging, tone-mapping and post-processing, possibly spanning several different software programs. But especially if you are creating a night HDR, there is a much simpler and quicker way of doing it, and your final image will also look more natural. In this excerpt from my video course Mask It Like a Pro! I will show you this technique that works by creating luminosity masks straight from the images themselves and using these masks to reveal only the well-exposed parts of your exposure series.
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HDR Vertoramas - Interior Photography at its Best!

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Have you ever tried to photograph a beautiful interior just to find that no matter how you approach it, your photos just don't capture the beauty and the overwhelming impression that you have while you are standing there? If there only was a silver bullet for solving that problem! Well, HDR Vertorama Photography might just be what you are looking for! Check out this eBook presentation to learn more.
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Review: Post Edgy Photoshop Techniques by Joel Grimes

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Compositing is a photographic technique by which several image elements that are shot separately are combined into a single image. In this post, I will review a video tutorial by one of the most well-known professional photographers who practices this technique. Check out what the pros and cons of the tutorial are before you invest your money.
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Hands-on Photo Tip: Photomatix Pro 5 'Fusion Real-Estate' Method

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Real estate photographers are confronted with many situations where they need to capture the interior of a room and the view out of the windows in a single image. This is where HDR techniques can really help you capture such a scene and present this entire tonal range in your final image. However, real estate photos have to be as natural as possible. Therefore, tone mapping approaches are dismissed by most real estate photographers because getting a natural look with them is difficult. Photomatix Pro 5 now has a really effective and simple new method called Fusion/Real-Estate that lets you take full control over the tonal range of your images while keeping them as natural as possible. This video shows you how easy it is to apply this new method.
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HDR Making-of: Into the Open

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This is the Making-of video for 'Into the Open (HDR)'. Watch how this image evolves through all the post-processing stages and stop at any position to inspect the parameter settings. This video shows the entire post-processing work starting with the pre-processing of the source photos all the way through to the finishing touches. Each major step is indicated by a subtitle. Watch it in full HD mode (1080p) full-screen and pause at any point to inspect the parameters I choose for the different tools involved in the post-processing.