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HDR Master Class

Create Amazing Photos with HDR

This is my full HDR shooting and retouching workflow.

I first show you how to set up your camera for HDR, then you'll see a full HDR photoshoot I did; showing you framing, setup and shooting 3 exposures.

I then teach you the detailed workflow to retouch HDR in Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop (including digital blending).

These 14 lessons cover 9 full photoshoots and includes 3 free Photomatix presets.

Photomatix is the standard for HDR. If you don't already have it, you can download a free trial or purchase the software here. Use the code "photoserge" to get 15% off Photomatix.

Details & Requirements

Length: 2 Hours 8 Minutes

Experience Level: Beginner

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Required Software: Photomatix, Photoshop & Lightroom

Read these instructions to get started with the course: Read Me 1st on Training

Read these instructions for help on installing presets: Read Me 1st on Presets

Los Angeles Downtown Sunset

Los Angeles Downtown at the Blue Hour

Alpes Chalet

Musee d'Orsay

Louvre Black & White

Paris Tavern De-ghosting

Seine De-ghosting

Beach Single RAW File HDR

Eiffel Tower


9m 29s

Lesson 1: HDR Set-up

Here I will show you how to set up your camera for HDR – I show you how to do this with a Sony and Canon camera. Also, I will take you with me on a live HDR shoot in Downtown Los Angeles!

9m 14s

Lesson 2: HDR Lightroom Preparation

I am going to take a great HDR photo of downtown Los Angeles, and I will show you what kind of preparation I do on each photo in Lightroom before sending them to Photomatix.

5m 56s

Lesson 3: Photomatix HDR Introduction

I give you a first look at Photomatix 5.0 and all of the new options to create better HDR, we are going to blend the exposure of that Los Angeles scene.

9m 3s

Lesson 4: Photoshop HDR Blending

In this lesson I go into Photoshop and blend the tone mapped HDR photo – fresh out of Photomatix – with the original RAW file, in order to give the photo a more natural feeling and to solve different issues with the tone mapping.

13m 16s

Lesson 5: HDR Digital Blending

Here I take a look at another very powerful way to make HDR photos — digital blending using Photoshop and using layers to blend the different exposures.

8m 16s

Lesson 6: HDR Workflow – The Blue Hour

I am going to start a brand new project with the same workflow: Lightroom, Photoshop and Photomatix but this time I use a blue hour shot from the same scene in Los Angeles.

6m 39s

Lesson 7: HDR Final Touches

This is the second part of the blue hour, I take the tone mapped image and make the needed corrections so that it really pops!

10m 11s

Lesson 8: Interior Design HDR

In this lesson I am going to create an HDR photo of a beautiful interior design location to make the photo really pop and to bring out the snow outside. I will show you a new technique in Photomatix that does exactly that.  I compare the different presets and methods in Photomatix to get a more natural result or a more detailed photograph.

7m 0s

Lesson 9: Black & White HDR – Part 1

Creating HDR in black and white is a very powerful way to achieve a strong, dramatic effect that will take your black and white photos to the next level. 

8m 18s

Lesson 10: Black & White HDR – Part 2

I am going to show you another example of how to use HDR to make superb, dramatic black and white photos. 

9m 51s

Lesson 11: HDR De-ghosting

HDR is a great way to make vintage locations look amazing. In this lesson you will see how to use the new de-ghosting effect in Photomatix 5.0

12m 56s

Lesson 12: Seine De-ghosting

In this lesson I show you how to make a boring photo into a photo that pops. I will also show you more options with the de-ghosting effect. 

8m 38s

Lesson 13: HDR using a Single RAW file

It is now possible to make HDR with a single RAW file, I will show you the steps to do so in this lesson. 

9m 16s

Lesson 14: Eiffel Tower HDR

I finish off this course with a beautiful HDR shot of a nice sunset in Paris at the most powerful view in the world!

Source Files

Contains 25 of my RAW photos (8 projects, most with 3 exposures each) and 3 Photomatix Presets to follow along with these projects.

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