this is a cool tutorial on HDR photography, working with Photomatix and Photoshop etc. :

HDR Tutorial


easy to do stuff .

Ingredients :

1x camera

1x computer

1x PhotoShop CS2 or higher ver.

what to do :

Take at least 3 photos of your object with different exposures ( e.g -2 , 0 , +2 for 3 photos ) . don’t change the aperture, only change shutter speed .

Open them in PhotoShop .

Go to “File > Automate > Merge to HDR” .

Browse and Open your files .

If your camera was steady and photos’ frames are the same, then uncheck “Attempt to Automatically Align Source Images” ( because it will be only time consuming ) otherwise, check it .

Click Ok and wait a long time( or short depending on your computer hardware ) so PhotoShop can merge the files .

Then a window opens that shows a preview of what the photo will look like after merging, click OK .

Now You have a 32bits HDR photo, gratz .

Since you want to use your photo ( e.g share it, blog it, mail it etc. ), you need to have a 8bits version, so go to “Image > Mode > 8bits/channel” .

Now you have the “HDR Conversion” panel/window .

Select “Local Adaptation” in “Method” menu, it’s the only option that allows you to work with histogram .

Toggle the histogram arrow to show the histogram .

The first thing you need to do is to bring the lower left hand to the beginning of the shadow information, looks better huh ? Now you can play with curves until you’re satisfied .

Here you go, you got your HDR image ready, enjoy .