HDR Photo creation with PhotoShop

September 3, 2009

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 .

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One Response to “HDR Photo creation with PhotoShop”

  1. Andy Calnan Says:

    My friend, if you’re making an HDR in photoshop that way, I have some great news for you. You should check out two different pieces of software. The first and less expensive, is Photomatix. The second, and more expensive (but my favorite) is Lucis. For great tutorials on these softwares, check out http://www.stuckincustoms.com

    You’ll be amazed at what you can do. Have fun with it! 🙂

    http://clamroll.wordpress.com/


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