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The Photographers Guide to HDR Photography

Sometimes it can be hard to capture on film exactly what the eye sees. Luckily there are a few tips and tricks to help you jazz up your photography. HDR is a great way to provide depth and “pop” to your photography, and luckily it is extremely easy to do. All you need to do is ensure to take a series of bracketed images while you are travelling. Most cameras have settings which will do this. Then grab the program Photomatrix Pro which will easily transform your three bracketed images into one phenomenal HDR image in four easy steps.

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The Photographers Guide to HDR Photography

  • In order to make an HDR photograph you actually have to take three photographs first. Take three identical photographs with your exposure metre set to -1, 0, and +1. Most cameras have a setting called AEB (automatic exposure bracketing) where you can set the camera up to take these three photos automatically.
  • Import your photos onto your computer.
  • Open Photomatix Pro.

Select Load Bracketed Photos and select your photos from the pop up window.1

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  • Another pop up will ask you if the photos were taken on a tripod or hand held. You can also select to reduce noise and reduce chromatic aberrations. Select those options as well.

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  • Your HDR photo will now be generated.
  • Once your photo is generated, there are a few options to allow you to play with or adjust your photo even further. Voila! Finished!

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