HDR or High Dynamic Range imaging (also HRDI) is a technique that allows a greater dynamic and wide range of luminances between light (direct sunlight) and dark areas (shadows) of a scene more than normal digital imaging can produce. It is also the process of taking several exposures consisting of a normal, under-exposed and over-exposed shots, and merging them together into one composite HDR image retaining all interesting details from all three exposures. If you really want to delve and learn more about HDR, here’s a good technical read about it, FAQ – HDR images for photography from hdrsoft.com.
I have been fascinated lately on how beautiful these HDR images are. So I took time to gather some of the best HDR tutorials around to learn more about the techniques used in this interesting photo artistry.
This tutorial will teach you how to shoot, merge and tone-map photos to extend the dynamic range and produce those painted looking results.
Now here’s a nice one for users of free and open source softwares Qtpfsgui and Gimp. It also include a simple technique in faking HDR effect using curves.
This is one comprehensive tutorial from a real HDR pro using Photomatix and Photoshop. Trey Ratcliff, a seasoned photographer and author of this blog, also authored and published a new book called “A World in HDR” featuring so many stuff about HDR including hundreds of his own gorgeous HDR photos. This tutorial also includes a downloadable pdf version.
This HDR tutorial effectively demonstrates HDR using tone mapping in Photomatix Pro 3.0.
An easy, straight-forward tutorial on how to create HDR photos using Photomatix Pro by HDRsoft.
Another easy to follow HDR tutorial from capturing HDR shots, to Photomatix, to post-processing using Photoshop.
This tutorial explains several ways to capture HDR shots and how to create beautiful high dynamic range HDR-pictures using Photomatix and Photoshop.
A highly detailed and informative tutorial on HDR using Photomatix Pro.
Another comprehensive guide on HDR authored by an extraordinary photographer and HDR expert Pete Carr.
And finaly, a tutorial on how to create a well cooked HDR using just a single image.
That’s it. I hope you get the most out of all those HDR tutorials to create your own stunning HDR images. You are also welcome to showcase your own HDR photos. Just include the links to your images in your comment.