HDR How to Guide

HDR How to GuideWelcome to Captain Kimo’s HDR How to Guide. This tutorial is the foundation of my HDR technique, written for the beginner HDR photographer. Below are five essential chapters to get you started with HDR photography. This how to guide covers everything from digital camera to software like Photomatix and Photoshop. I’ll take you from begining to end of the entire HDR photography process.

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To give you a good idea about my HDR processing workflow check out my 30 minute webinar video below sponsored by Topaz Labs and HDRSoft, makers of Photomatix Pro. [youtube]http://youtu.be/VkgKfF1Gpc8[/youtube]

HDR How to Guide

Continue to Chapter 1 – About HDR Photography

Here are a list of other great HDR how to tutorials and HDR images for your viewing pleasure;

  1. Best of HDR High Dynamic Range Images and Tutorials
  2. 35 Most Beautiful HDR Photos to Blow Your Mind
  3. HDR Photo Tutorial: Using Photomatix Pro in Lightroom
  4. 35 Expressive Examples of Stunning HDR Photography

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Cheers, Captain Kimo

18 thoughts on “HDR How to Guide

  1. Salvatore Pedi

    I”m quite new to HDR and am still trying to locate the very best settings in order
    to get stunning (I hope) HDR photos. I would imagine that there really is NO SET RULE for the proper settings. I also think you simply can’t use the SAME SETTINGS on ALL your hdr photos.
    So, the problem for me is to know exactly WHAT EACH SETTING MEANS!..and, yes, I’ve read what some of the HDR authors recommend, but I still don’t know how to put a LABEL on what a certain setting does. And, I also suspect that surely don’t have to use ALL THE SETTINGS when configuring your settings. For instance: I created a pretty decent HDR photo with just only Three (3) settings. So, go figure!..but, I’ve already purchased about six books on HDR and still find it hard to UNDERSTAND WHAT THE SETTINGS REALLY MEAN. There’s gotta be an easier way to comprehend what want you to understand.

    1. Captain Kimo Post author

      You are correct… there is no universal setting that will work for every image. Trying to find one will only make you crazy. Knowing the proper settings for a specific image takes a lot of time and practice. Just keep HDRing and you’ll learn them all by heart.

  2. John S

    Hi,
    Real basic question: do you recommend saving the 3 or 5 images to be merged for the final HDR image as RAW or jpeg? I like the idea of using RAW to include all the data possible, but it seems the RAW images need to be converted to TIF files before software (Nik HDR Efex Pro) can process them into an HDR image. Would like to know what you recommend. Thanks!

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