Realistic HDR using Photoshop

  • November 2, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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When photographing a high-contrast scene you can find that your pictures just don’t look like the scene you remembered.  Even with the perfect exposure there are certain scenes that will always tend to get blown-out highlights, flat shadows, or both. But despite the fact that it’s nearly impossible to find a happy medium in these types of situations, there is a solution.

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. HDR is the difference between the lightest light and darkest dark you can capture in a photo. Once your subject exceeds the camera’s dynamic range, the highlights tend to wash out to white, or the dark's become black blobs. It’s difficult to take a photo that captures both ends of this spectrum but HDR will allow you to bring out a high dynamic range that couldn’t otherwise be achieved in a single photograph.

Sometimes people over process images, and some may look cool, and others not so cool. In this workshop we will be focused on understanding HDR and how to achieve a realistic look.  We will be increasing the dynamic range to images shot both during the day and at night.  We'll also look see the difference between 16 bit and 32 bit images.

This session is run by our in-house Photoshop expert Miguel Campos

This session is aimed at the beginner and intermediate users. 

If you're ready to take your images to another level this is probably what your looking for.

Places are limited so don't wait to secure a place.  This session will run for approximately 2.5 hours.

As usual check the TFL website for travel information.

We are now an official Adobe User Group, further questions from this workshop can be asked and answered on this site.


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  • Istvan J.

    You can find one of my photos here:
    Thanks to Miguel for the event and the lots of explanations during our walk.

    November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am in!

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • Miguel C.

    Hi, here is the link for the event next week for those interested.

    November 10, 2013

  • Annika

    I'm free then.

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Miguel C.

    As its short notice, we can do it the following Saturday

    November 5, 2013

  • Marcin

    Hi Miguel, I'd be really happy to join!

    1 · November 5, 2013

  • Annika

    I can't make this Saturday either but would definitely be up for that as well, Miguel (hey, that rhymes :-P) another day!!

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Miguel, that´s a great idea and very kind of you. Unfortunately this Saturday I´m gonna help a friend moving home and I can´t make it. I´d love to go.

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Miguel C.

    Hi everyone, thanks for the kind words.
    I am happy to see that everyone is happy with the session.
    So I have an idea, lets get together on Saturday Afternoon and take some photos.
    This way I can help you create awesome pictures.
    Who is up for it?

    November 4, 2013

  • Jean K.

    Greatly appreciated Miguel's tuition on realistic HDR. I learned lots, and not only about HDR! Miguel was most generous with his advice and especially his time.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Tom

    Excellent session, and I learned a great deal.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Annika

    Many thanks for a Highly successful day with a Dynamic tutor showing a very good Range of examples.

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Istvan J.

    It was excellent, very practical advices. I hope that there will be an advanced course also. Thanks!

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Philip

    Thanks for a useful talk.

    1 · November 2, 2013

  • Filipe L.

    I am sorry I cannot go anymore, I am not feeling well this morning...

    November 2, 2013

  • Peter D.

    Hey! I've been using Photoshop since version 1.0 but I'd never say I'm at an advanced level although I know how to use all the tools. I'd love to have a WACOM pad and while I used to use it for Graphic Design I mostly now use it for touching up photos after processing them in Lightroom. I do make HDR's occasionally and it would be great to learn how to do this more with Photoshop. Few Qeustions.

    1. How long does it take you to merge a HDR using photoshop with this process you are teaching us? I wonder if it is quicker than my own.

    2. Does it utilise plugins? If so will these be available for download at the class.

    3. Do you have any examples of the results to show us what you mean by 'realistic'. I've seen this term used with indifference in the past.

    Kind regards,

    -Peter Davies

    October 26, 2013

  • John G.

    I am also away that day but would be interested in a re-run. I am a user of Photoshop Elements 6 (Lighten Shadows +25 points normally does the trick) and only take JPEG (not RAW), so I hope that doesn't put me beyond the pale.

    October 27, 2013

  • Maria


    I am new to this group and wouldn't really call myself a pro at photography just yet. I am eager to learn and was wondering what meet-ups would suit someone at my level? Any advice is highly appreciated!! :)


    October 22, 2013

    • Alex L.

      Hi Maria Lets go to email so you can give me more information on where your interests are.

      October 23, 2013

  • Paul A.

    Hi Alex, Will this involve using just Photoshop or also Photomatix ?

    October 5, 2013

    • Mike S.

      Would we need to bring our laptops for a practical workshop, or will this just be a presentation / demo on screen?

      1 · October 22, 2013

    • Alex L.

      Hi Mike, you can bring a laptop if you wanted to work alongside Miguel or just watch the demonstration and take notes. Your choice.

      1 · October 22, 2013

  • Maggi M.

    Such a shame! I am going away on Saturday morning ! Would be interested if this was re-run again at a later date!

    October 22, 2013

  • Michael P.

    Another request for a repeat session please!

    I work freelance and annoyingly I'm covering an event on that Saturday morning but I'd really, really like another session on HDR please.

    It's an area I'd really like to explore, but not sure where to start really.

    October 5, 2013

  • Dave E.

    An ideal topic but I have a busy day packing to leave Sunday morning.
    I hope the topic will come round again.

    1 · October 4, 2013

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