HDR Photography Process

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A quick overview of how I process an HDR Image

A quick overview of how I process an HDR Image

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  • 1. HDR Process See-ming Lee 李思明 SML seeminglee@smluniverse.com @seeminglee 風暴 Storm / 香港吐露港之寧 Hong Kong Tolo Harbour Serenity HDR / SML.20130726.6D.24188-89-90.HDR.P1.L1.BW http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/9370400032/ Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited
  • 2. 0EV ISO 100 f/8.0 24mm 1/400 sec -3EV ISO 100 f/8.0 24mm 1/3200 sec +3EV ISO 100 f/8.0 24mm 1/50 sec HDR Process Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited 2 of 12
  • 3. Overall ++ Clouds ++ Sea Highlights ++ Sunlight Shadows ++ Buildings ++ Water surface HDR Process Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited 3 of 12
  • 4. Photoshop Merge to HDR Pro ++ Focus on extracing details ++ Not the final image HDR Process Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited 4 of 12
  • 5. Not done yet ++ Most people publish during this step ++ But this is not the image I saw when I made the capture HDR Process Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited 5 of 12
  • 6. Lab: Luminance curve for shadows ++ 16-bit workflow for luminance range manipibility HDR Process Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited 6 of 12
  • 7. Overall luminance contrast HDR Process Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited 7 of 12
  • 8. Curve for sky via layer mask HDR Process Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited 8 of 12
  • 9. Curve for horizon HDR Process Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited 9 of 12
  • 10. Remove color if it distracts ++ Quick black and white conversion by removing saturation (lazy method) HDR Process Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited 10 of 12
  • 11. Lightroom S+H Adjustments ++ Clairty module modifies local contrast similar to Photoshop Shadows+Highlights ++ Some tasks easier to tweak in Lightroom HDR Process Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited 11 of 12
  • 12. Every image is different. There are no rules. HDR Process Creative Commons (CCBY) See-ming Lee 李思明 / SML Photography / SML Universe Limited 12 of 12