HDR The Basics and Beyond

HDR stands for "High Dynamic Range." With some special HDR software, you can see all the light in the final image that you saw when you were at the scene. Sometimes you find an image disappointing, when you know there was amazing light and texture. With HDR processing the final image can be what you saw and felt when you were there.

We will use several different softwares for demonstration purposes. The easiest and least expensive is Photomatix. It is the pioneer in the industry. Go to the Photomatix web page and download the FREE Trial Version of Photomatix Pro. Don't bother with Photomatix Essentials, go for the good one! It will be a full version for you to experiment with.

Come watch Alex Santiago demonstrate some tips to help you get started on your own HDR journey. But please, use your powers for good and not evil.

Needed (but not required to attend workshop)

  1. Laptop
  2. Download and install Photomatix
  3. Photoshop CS5 or Elements 9/10/11
  4. Power cord
  5. WiFi ability (or your own bracketed photos)

 

Topics to be covered will be

  1. A quick review  of basic HDR techniques
  2. Visualizing an HDR image
  3. Shooting for an HDR image
  4. Advanced techniques using smart objects.

We are asking for a voluntary $2 donation per person to help pay for Meetup expenses. If you appreciate what we do, help us out so we can do more.

 

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  • James

    Alex, thanks for the informative presentation. The photoshop part was over my head since I have never used it. On the positive side it is great to know about some of the things that can be done with HDR.

    July 15, 2013

    • Debi

      This class was meant to cover techniques for all levels of user. We so often have to stop at the very basics of whatever topics we cover. We are now attempting to go into the intermediate and advanced techniques. So while you may not understand them at the time, you will have the information in the back of your mind to revisit when you are ready. Hope that you enjoyed the presentation and are trying out the new skills.

      July 16, 2013

    • Sandy D.

      I loved the class even though I didn't understand all of it. Like you said, great for the memory bank. I would like to make a suggestion for a class "How to calibrate your computer and Printing Issues"

      July 16, 2013

  • KC T.

    I will purchase a separate Dell to begin doing this - my laptop is a company computer & I am not allowed to load software. My home computer is really too old & limiting. So here is my question - besides the laptop - can someone please assist me with a shopping list so I can create better food photos for my clients working with my Nikon D5100 - this way I can walk into Best Buy with a list and limit the stress to my hubby when I hand him the bill. Frankly I was blown away by this new step I need to take in finally getting my photos to the next level. Thank you - KC

    July 15, 2013

    • Alex S.

      KC, does your company purchase many pc's from Dell? If so, you maybe entitled to an employee purchase program. It does give you good discounts on Dell pc's.

      July 15, 2013

  • Terry R.

    Great class

    July 15, 2013

  • William G.

    Debi, Alex. Thanks a lot for the meeting and the class.

    July 14, 2013

  • Scott W

    Great job Alex. Thanks a bunch.

    July 14, 2013

  • Tim S.

    Klaus Herrmann also has some great sample images and tutorials if any wants to dig deeper into HDR.
    http://farbspiel-photo.com/learn

    July 14, 2013

  • Amy James F.

    It was great to see everyone and learn new techniques! Great software and great information Alex, I will definitely benefit from this Meetup :-)

    July 14, 2013

  • Brad

    great class, thanks Alex and Debi

    July 14, 2013

  • Pat S.

    Hi everyone...I am very sorry I got called into work and did not get out in time. I am sure it was a great class. This group does everything first rate.! Sorry to miss everyone..

    July 14, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Very good.........thanks Alex and Debi........

    July 14, 2013

  • Jean W.

    Excellent meetup! It was great to have some hands-on practice with HDR in Photomatix and PS... A thoroughly organized presentation, thanks to Alex and Debi!!!

    July 13, 2013

  • Linda

    Very good presentation. I especially like the part about smart objects. That's something I will use. Thanks Alex.

    July 13, 2013

  • Paula P.

    Excellent presentation. Feel confident that I can use this to process HDR images.

    July 13, 2013

  • Tim S.

    Great content and presentation. Thanks Alex.

    July 13, 2013

  • RickyG.

    This is my second attempt at HDR, Debi's work expires me. But, I really didn't give the attention I need to. This time I going to purchase an HDR Software and work at mastering that skill. Thank you for your time during and after class.

    July 13, 2013

  • Eddie A.

    Great presentation and content...Thanks Alex!

    July 13, 2013

  • Alex S.

    Thank you to everybody that were present. I hope that I answered most of your questions and that you have a little more interest in HDR imaging. I hope to see some of your images soon and if you still need some questions answered, let me know.

    July 13, 2013

  • Ken B.

    Good meet up goid topic...nicely done.

    July 13, 2013

  • Debi

    Thanks, Alex, for an outstanding presentation.

    July 13, 2013

  • Phillis J.

    Good Job! Answered a lot of my questions

    July 13, 2013

  • Sandy D.

    Alex did a great job! Vert well put together. Looking forward to more classes.

    July 13, 2013

  • Jermone M.

    It was cool! I always wondered about the software. Now I know it takes more than doing only one shot. Will be posting some soon myself.

    July 13, 2013

  • Murali

    Awesome info on HDR

    July 13, 2013

  • Linda

    I will be bringing my laptop w/Photomatix loaded; don't think my battery will last 2 hours.

    July 8, 2013

    • Wilfred

      Just make sure we don't blow the library fuses. ;)

      July 12, 2013

    • Alex S.

      We won't (or so I hope LOL).

      July 12, 2013

  • Jim R.

    Well, I got sucked into going to the office tomorrow. I really wanted to attend this. Y'all have fun!

    July 12, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Jim, sorry to hear about this. Catch you on the next one...

      July 12, 2013

  • Amy James F.

    I thought it was at 9:00, are you saying we can sleep in a little later now? :-)

    July 12, 2013

    • Debi

      10:30 unless you want to help set up

      July 12, 2013

    • Amy James F.

      I'll get there early if possible, I don't mind helping! :-)

      July 12, 2013

  • Ken B.

    My first meet up with this group. I know a bit of hdr but thought it might help me network and meet some of the memberd sinve I am new.

    July 12, 2013

  • Ken B.

    My first meet up with this group. I know a bit of hdr but thought it might help me network and meet some of the memberd sinve I am new.

    July 12, 2013

  • Alex S.

    I would like to know how many of RSVP'ed members will be bringing their laptops with the Photomatix already installed? That way I can try to have the right amount of surge protectors/extension cords that will reach each table (unless your battery can stand approximately 2.5 hours of usage). Remember, if you want to do the hands on portion, you will need to bring the needed items. If you don't have these items, you can still attend the workshop, it's all about sharing information.

    July 8, 2013

    • Lorene

      I will have my laptop with software. Thx!!!

      July 11, 2013

    • Scott W

      I will bring mine.

      July 12, 2013

  • Sandy D.

    I'm bringing my laptop with trial Photomatix and downloaded pictures.

    1 · July 8, 2013

    • James

      pardon my ignorance, what is a bracketed image

      July 12, 2013

    • Alex S.

      James, check out the link:
      http://digital-photog...­
      It will explain image bracketing and AEB (automatic exposure bracketing) which is a function in many cameras now a days.

      July 12, 2013

  • William G.

    Alex, I will bring my laptop too. I have installed Corel PhotoPaint 5. Do I need to install Photomatix too?

    July 12, 2013

    • Alex S.

      William, yes, Photomatix Pro is needed. We will be going over the interface and how to create HDR images with Photomatix.

      July 12, 2013

  • James

    I am planning to bring my laptop after installing photmatix

    July 12, 2013

  • Scott A

    I was just reminded of a prior commitment that I totally forgot about. Hate to miss this!

    July 11, 2013

  • RickyG.

    I'm try to make this one, with laptop and power strip.

    July 9, 2013

  • Angie B.

    Sorry to have to miss this.

    July 9, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Sorry to hear that Angie.

      July 9, 2013

  • Phillis J.

    I have photomax pro installed and will bring my lap top

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Jermone M.

    Mr. Santiago told me about Photomatrix a while back. Now I'll get to see what's up.

    July 8, 2013

    • Debi

      Download the trial versions, Jermone, You won't be disappointed.

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • Scott A

    I will have my laptop with photomatrix installed. My battery isn't the best. Maybe and hour charge life.

    July 8, 2013

    • Debi

      LOL. Come early, sit near an outlet. :o)

      July 8, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Sounds like an excellent learning opportunity...

    June 26, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Mark, I hope to make it as interesting as possible.

      July 8, 2013

  • Emma

    Sorry have to go out of town

    July 7, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Sorry to hear that Emma. I do want to thank you for changing your RSVP. Hope to see you in our next meetup.

      July 8, 2013

  • Pat S.

    look forward to new photo knowledge...

    July 7, 2013

  • Linda

    If someone can spell donation correctly, I'll give you 2 bucks! :)

    July 7, 2013

    • Debi

      Thanks, Linda!

      July 7, 2013

  • Animish

    I have Lightroom 4 - will that work?

    1 · June 28, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Animish, Lightroom will work for the overall "touch up" of the image (saturation, cropping, brightness, highlights, etc). Lightroom does not do individual item editing on images (removing powerlines, etc). Layers and masking is not supported in Lightroom. You will need either Photoshop Elements 9+ or Photoshop CS 5+. This can also be done with GIMP but that is a whole different package and it does have a learning curve.

      June 29, 2013

    • Animish

      Thx Alex. I have GIMP and will work with it.

      June 29, 2013

  • Alex S.

    For all of the Katy Photography Meetup Group that have RSVP'ed for this event, I have uploaded the sample images that we will be using for this event. They are located in the More > Files. The file names are HDRBasics001, HDRBasics002, and Single001. Please download these files prior to the meetup and bring them with you (just in case the wireless network in the library isn't working at the time of the event).

    Hope to see you all there!

    June 29, 2013

  • Sandy D.

    Found it. For some strange reason, it's on my laptop but not on my desktop computer.

    June 23, 2013

  • Sandy D.

    Debi: I wasn't able to find the file, "How to open images as layers". I went to top of page - clicked on "more" then "files".

    June 23, 2013

  • Debi

    This HDR class will start with the basics and will move on to more advanced techniques. Beginners are welcome, but please be aware that the second part of the class will involve using layers and layer masks. This is not a Photoshop instruction class.

    We have uploaded a powerpoint presentation to help you get started and there are hundreds of videos on YouTube, start with this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lWgnl4IcGg. Members who cannot use layers will be welcome at the second part of the presentation, but will be asked to hold their questions until the end of the session so that others will be able to follow the more advanced techniques without having to stop to explain basics. Please download the powerpoint presentation by going to the top of this page. Click 'MORE' choose 'FILES' download 'How to Open Images as Layers' and work in elements or photoshop until you have that technique down before the class.

    Thank you for your courtesy to others.

    1 · June 18, 2013

    • Emma

      I know the jist of how HDR works but have never actually done it so I am excited to see it all put together.

      1 · June 18, 2013

  • Sandy D.

    I have Photoshop Elements 9. Would I be able to do any function of HDR in the class using #9?

    June 16, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Sandy, you will be able to do HDR imaging touch up with Photoshop Elements. There will be some portion that can not be done with PSE due to the limited support of smart objects, but everything else (from exporting the images, touch up of images) can be done with PSE 9/10/11. I will cover both of them.

      June 16, 2013

    • Debi

      Sandy, you will probably want to download and install Photomatix pro (trial version) to be able to get started doing HDR. The trial version is free and is a full version of Photomatix, but it will watermark your images until you purchase the full version, which shouldn't be too long....

      June 16, 2013

  • Paula P.

    Sounds great!

    June 16, 2013

  • Phillis J.

    looking forward to this

    June 15, 2013

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