HDR Photography 101

HDR (high dynamic range) photography is a very dramatic and popular way to photograph these days. Many new cameras have an HDR mode and even the iPhone will shoot “HDR” photos. But real HDR photography is far more impressive (and more complicated) than the automatic HDR modes on those cameras. This 2-part HDR workshop will get you started making beautiful HDR images in no time. 

Course Summary 

This is a practical, hands-on introduction to creating HDR images. In part one, we’ll meet at a location around Seattle and shoot some HDR images and then process some of those images in the studio for part two of the class. Prior to the field shooting session, you’ll receive access to some detailed notes and articles explaining key concepts and whatever equipment you’ll need for the shoot.

On-location, we’ll review key concepts as they apply to the scenario we’re dealing with that day and then go through the process of setting up the shot, setting the camera, and shooting the images we’ll need for processing later. In the studio, we’ll go over the different software options available for HDR processing with a brief description of the pros and cons of each. We’ll then work with 2 of the most popular software options to process some HDR images into a final product.

The processing lesson will be presented on a large projection screen. If you would like to follow along, please bring your own computer with the appropriate software already installed and ready to go.

All classes are highly interactive and kept small (12 or less) to ensure every student gets plenty of time to work directly with the instructor and ask lots of questions.


What’s Covered?

  • What is HDR?
  • Understanding Dynamic Range
  • Essential Equipment
  • Metering for HDR
  • Bracketing Exposures
  • Setting the Camera for Optimal Results
  • Pre-Processing
  • Photo Realistic vs Hyper Realistic
  • Processing the HDR image
  • Tone Mapping

2-Part Course, Plus Online Notes, 8 Hours Total

See dates for this class in our registration system.Buy Now $189 per person
Buy Now $289 (Buddy Pass for 2)


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