How to Make an HDR Photo
Today I want to show you how to make a great photo and not an overdone HDR. I will clarify what a Hdr photo is and how to make one. I am going to explain everything on a Canon Eos Rebel T6 as always and Photoshop CC as software, so things could be different for you.
What is an HDR?
HDR stands for high dynamic range, which basically means it has steps from white to black for example JPEG has 8bit, a RAW file 16bit, and an HDR 32bit. All in all, you need to take at least 3 images one overexposed one just right and one underexposed. At the end, we are going to merge them all together to an HDR in Photoshop (you can also use Gimp, Lightroom or Affinity Photo).
Where to use it:
Lots of people only use this type of photography for landscapes and architecture, but in my opinion, you should just try what you like to use it for. Me for example like to make portraits with it.
What do we need?
- A DSLR or Mirrorless camera that either has the setting hdr or a dial wheel with Tv, Av, P and M on it.
- A tripod or a Gorillapod so we can take 3 exact same images.
- An Idea for a picture. 😊
- Skill 3/10
What’s good/ What’s bad.
Lots of people like to overdo the HDR look and they and up with an extreme colorful kind of artwork. you can do that but, in my opinion, if you want to make an artwork you should also apply more techniques to it than just make a super popping picture. 🙂
Let’s get started:
- Make sure to set your camera to shoot in Raw as you always should.
Push the menu button> far left tap>Image Quality>Raw or Raw+L confirm with SET.
- Make sure that you are shooting with the lowest Iso possible.
- Now you need to configurate your camera for hdr. This works on every camera different but always pretty similar. 😊
On a Canon:
Push menu> to go to the second left menu card
>enter the exposure compensation settings and turn the front wheel the courser on the scale should split into 3 pieces you set the left one to -1 the middle one to 0 and the right one to +1 and confirm with set.
If you want to make more than 3 pictures set the exposure compensation, while you are shooting to do that you need to go into P, Tv or Av then hold the Av button on the back and turn on the front wheel into the direction you want.
- Choose your mode between P, Av or Tv.
- Set your camera up on the tripod aiming at the object or subject you want to take a photo from.
- Then pretty simple just take 3 Photos. 😊
Always review the pictures after you have taken them to check if your composition, iso and the sharpness of you picture is right the way you want it to do that, you can zoom in on your picture by pushing the top right button.
- After you have made all the photos you wanted, go load them on your computer.
- You go to your photo editing software (In my case Photoshop CC). Start it and go to File in the top left > automate>merge to HDR pro.
I could go now and explain you every fader but, that would make this post super long and the best way to learn is to try. The only thing I would advise you to is, don’t make the colors pop too much and don’t overdo the HDR look.
😊 If you have any questions nevertheless, feel free to ask me in the comments. 😊
- If you are done with adjusting everything. You should save the Picture as a JPEG.
If you use Photoshop or another Adobe product you should get the free HDR efex plug in by Niksoftware. it makes your outcome much better.
I hope the tutorial was understandable and you were able to do everything step by step. If you have any questions or opinions on the post feel free to ask. 🙂 Till then have a nice day. 😃