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We will show you the basics of HDR technique using Photomatix and Luminance HDR. We’ll guide you through the whole process, starting with setting up your camera and ending with sharing to G+!
So, to start, you will need the following, gearwise:
- First of all, you will need a scene, suitable for this technique. Bear in mind not everything is a good HDR material. Typically, scenes with some special light conditions are great for this.
- A camera able to shoot using exposure bracketing. It is posible to create an HDR image from a single photo, but to have the desired effect, multiple exposures are the thing to go with!
- A sturdy tripod. Now, this is not necessary for all the situations, but in case of a low light situation, you won’t be able to hold the longer exposures still with your hand.
One you get the pictures, you will need something to process the photos with:
- Main thing will be something to create and tonemap the HDR image in. You can choose from many kinds of software to do this, but personally, I think that Photomatix does the job the best. In case you want to go for an open source, I think the Luminance HDR would be your best choice. But if you search google a bit, you can find a ton of other software! Tis’ basically it…any other software is moreless optional.
- A good thing to have is a photoshop software. There are two leading kinds of software you can use. First is, obviously, the Adobe Photoshop. This thing is a bit expensive, but if you create a free Adobe ID, you can get Creative Suite 2 for FREE from Adobe.com! Another way to go is Gimp software. The interface is slightly different from Adobe PS, but it does the job nicely (altho it’s a bit slower, especially with masking on large photos). Even an online editor called Pixlr would work, but keep in mind, that being online, it is A LOT slower!
- A good thing is some mean of noise reduction. This technique tends to create noise in the photographs and you will want to get rid of it. You can use PS or Gimp built-in noise reduction, you can get the Noiseware plugin for PS or do the noise reduction in Lightroom (or Rawtherapee).
- You’re basically done, but there is always room for some more finishing touch. Nice thing is OnOne Software. You can get the Perfect Effects 4 Free from the official website and sometimes the have some special time limited offers and they give the software away for free (a little while ago we got Perfect Effects 8 Premium this way, for free!). But this is really just the extra luxury 😉 .
That’s it! You’re all set and ready to take on HDR photography! Continue to next page to get started.