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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  1. Franz Gisin
    Franz Gisin says:


    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?


    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Franz!

      That’s how I’ve always felt about publishing multiple versions of my images. I have never done it because I think it’s my responsibility as an artist to select the best and most fitting one. It’s not only that it does not respect the image itself as having a unique character, it also does not respect the audience who now is faced with the task of selecting one. Finally, it shows that the artist is not confident enough to make a choice.

      Sometimes it’s Ok, e.g. if you want to show the difference between two versions for educational reasons. But you should then explicitly discuss your choice.

      Now, I don’t want to tell anybody how they should handle this. But that’s how I feel personally.

      So, to answer your question: The idea comes from within me. 🙂



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