15 Tutorials for Adding the HDR Effect to Your Images

HDR (High Dynamic Range) imaging is the process of taking several exposures and merging them together into one image. First, take a shot with normal exposure, and then another with under-exposure and then overexpose a shot to capture the detail from the shadow. Then, merge all the photos together to create your HDR image, you will now see all the highlights that make HDR so unique and beautiful.

To create decent HDR images, it takes a good photographer and a little knowledge of photo editing software like Photoshop or Photomatix. There are a lot of different techniques and tutorials for creating HDR images, and you will find the best of them below.

HDR Photoshop Effect Tutorial with Photoshop

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: This HDR Photoshop tutorial shows you an easy way to fake HDR photos in Photoshop. You don’t need to shoot into RAW or take multiple photos – one JPEG file is plenty.

HDR Photoshop Effect Tutorial

How to Create Professional HDR Images with Photomatix & Photoshop

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: There are some things in the digital photography world that Photoshop can’t do better than most other programs. HDR turns out to be one of them. Photoshop CS2 has a built-in HDR assembler that, is capable of creating extremely realistic or extremely surreal HDR images.

How to Create Professional HDR Images

Gritty HDR Photo Effects with Photoshop

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: Give your photos a grunge look with this popular Photoshop effect. Although this Photoshop effect is commonly referred as HDR photo effect, it is it can be done with regular, non-HDR photos.

Gritty HDR Photo Effects

Merging HDR with Photomatix & Photoshop

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: In this tutorial you will learn the process of taking multiple exposures and merging them together, with Photoshop, into a single 32-bit image.

Merging HDR in Photoshop Tutorial

Post Processing HDR Tutorial with Photomatix & Photoshop

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: In this tutorial you will learn after you have created your HDR image how to spice it up with some professional Photoshop techniques.

Post Processing HDR Tutorial

Layered HDR Tone Mapping with Photoshop

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: This tutorial explains, step by step, how to achieve HDR pictures using layers and layers mask in Photoshop.

Layered HDR Tone Mapping

How to easily fake an HDR effect in Photoshop with Photoshop

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: An easy to follow tutorial showing you how to create an HDR photo without the actual (time-taking) HDR process.

How to Easily Fake an HDR Effect in Photoshop

HDR Style Results Using Layers in Photoshop with Photoshop

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: HDR is about collecting a series of shots taken on a tripod at different exposures and allowing Photoshop to merge them together to make one perfectly exposed image.

HDR Style Results Using Layers

Exposure Blending Tutorialwith Photoshop

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: This tutorial will walk you through the basics of creating an HDR image by hand. All you need is a camera and photo editing software that supports layer masking (you can follow these steps in Photoshop).

Exposure Blending Tutorial

HDR Tutorial with Photomatix & Photoshop

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: This is probably the most complete and in-depth HDR tutorial you will read, it is split into three parts, and certainly worth your time.

HDR Tutorial by stuckincustoms.com

HDR Tutorial with Photomatix

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: The purpose of HDR photography is to show a higher range of detail than could ever be possible from a single image, this tutorial shows you how to obtain this using Photomatix.

HDR Tutorial with Photomatix

How to create HDR Photos with Photomatix

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: The reality, of HDR, is that just about anyone can take and process an HDR photo with most cameras and proper HDR software. In this tutorial you will go through the steps necessary to take your very own HDR photo and process it like a pro.

How to create HDR Photos

HDR 101.com Tutorial with Photomatix & Photoshop

HDR Photoshop Tutorial

Description: This is a basic, standard, step by step tutorial of how to make an HDR Image.(Note: this tutorial is based on building an HDR image from 7 different shots), with Photomatix (used for Generating HDR and Tone Mapping) and Photoshop (for retouching only).

HDR 101.com Tutorial

HDR Video Tutorials

HDR Processing:

Short HDR Photography Tutorial:

How to Create HDR Images in Photoshop:

High Dynamic Range Photography Video Tutorial:

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