Techie Tuesday: Photoshop/Lightroom – How to exposure-blend high contrast landscapes/HDR images


Being a relative novice at post processing in Photoshop and Lightroom I usually find tutorials helpful in my quest to have better landscapes.kingscliff night watch post blending  There is the argument that all photos should be au naturale.  In my view each photo needs post processing to bring it up to what the eye actually saw as cameras can sometimes get it wrong, especially in high contrast settings where the ground is shadowed and the sun is piercingly bright, the colours may not come up as vivid as they actually were and there is a lot of darkness, also the matter of erasing dust particles and lining up the image to neaten the photo may be necessary.

I hope you come along on this learning journey with me.  I will post links to tutorials from Photoshop and Lightroom as I think these are generally the most popular.  I know a lot of you will already know these post processing techniques so it is aimed more for the beginner/intermediate level person who isn’t that familiar with these features.  Maybe along the way there will be something for everyone.

Just recently I bought a Canon 70D camera which almost takes the photo itself without any help from me.  Using the Live View I can see how my photo is going to turn out light wise on different speeds when using quite a slow shutter selection which makes it more accurate and less time consuming (a blessing to me as I like to do this photography the most.  It also has the capability of doing three different exposures at the one time so I can blend them together in post processing (to create an HDR image – high dynamic range).  This is where the exposure blend tutorial comes into play.

I hope you find it as useful as I have.  If you have any suggestions for a tutorial on something you want to know more about let me know.

My three photos taken at F16 but at different shutter speed to allow more and less light.  I blended these together actually in Photomatix Essentials but would like to know how to do it in Photoshop, hence the tutorial.

Please click on the links below.  (Let me know how you go).

How to exposure blend high contrast landscapes

How to create an HDR image in Lightroom

The second link is courtesy of Reinhold Staden ( who has some absolutely beautiful images on his blog).  Thanks so much for the link which I hope will be very helpful for Lightroom users like myself.

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8 comments

  1. There are a few ways of doing this sort of thing, I believe, though it can be said about many things in PS, there is always more than one way.

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  2. Lightroom CC 2015 has a new feature to create a Super HDR file with actually one click. You can use all the post processing features of LR to process this Super HDR file. I still use NIK and Photomatix, but I think, this is an option to look at.

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  3. I believe post processing is an important part of modern digital photography.

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