Editing HDRs

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    Caitlin Compton
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    I’m just getting started at HDR photography – which I’m finding out is pretty involved! lol! 🙂
    So, I’m going to ask a difficult question – How do you edit your HDRs to look realistic? I love the idea behind HDRs – actually being able to properly expose for beautiful sunsets, sunrises etc and the foreground elements, too. But, the thing I don’t like about HDRs is that often they look very unrealistic. But all don’t, some look really amazing! So, I’m wondering how folks go about editing to make them actually look realistic?

    #32078

    Josiah Waldner
    Participant

    I think the key is in the shooting- I do not really use a set number of exposures, but rather use the live view histogram, and starting from the right (Light)side, shooting overlapping exposures by adjusting iso or shutter speed. You don’t want to use your aperture for this because it will mess up your depth of field. I find that a well taken and blended HDR needs little editing, because you don’t need to try and draw as much detail out of highlights or shadows.

    #32108

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    You know, @creative-click-photography, this is something I would have to do a little more research on. Perhaps we could do a coaching call about it? For starters, I would learn what you can from Jimmy McIntyre’s free videos (I can’t remember seeing anything inappropriate on his website or YouTube channel) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnUOWBfHNpdQjhTPSd3-0cw, and of course, there are his structured courses, https://www.shutterevolve.com/hdr-photomatix-tutorial/ (which I have never personally reviewed, but have reason to believe are very, very good!)

    #32279

    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    Thanks for that, @josiahw! That’s an interesting thought about the editing side of things – I hadn’t thought about it from that perspective before!

    #32280

    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    this is something I would have to do a little more research on.

    Sure thing, @jamesstaddon.

    Perhaps we could do a coaching call about it?

    That would be helpful as I know totally nothing about editing HDRs! I can’t really say that I have direct questions about it, because I don’t know about it, if that makes sense. Would you recommend me learning as much as I can from Jimmy McIntyre’s free videos before we did that?

    #32294

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Would you recommend me learning as much as I can from Jimmy McIntyre’s free videos before we did that?

    Yeah, that sounds like a great idea!

    #32314

    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    Ok. Sounds like I’ve got some video watching to do. 😉 After I’ve watched them I guess I should let you know and we’ll go from there?

    #32322

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Sounds good!

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