Mastering HDR in Photoshop CS5, with Matt Kloskowski

HDR is one of the hottest trends in digital photography. And now Photoshop CS5 has an entirely new set of features aimed at getting you great HDR photos right out of Photoshop (with no 3rd party plug-ins). In this course, HDR Pro Matt Kloskowski shows you how to put those new features to work to create some killer HDR photos.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 01:55)


Lesson 2: What is HDR? (Duration 03:32)

Matt talks about what HDR is and how it can help your photos along with some samples of different HDR styles.

Lesson 3: Shooting HDR Photos (Duration 05:11)

We'll go over the specifics of how to capture HDR photos in camera

Lesson 4: How Many Photos Do You Really Need? (Duration 02:51)

You'll learn how many photos to take as well as the various exposure values to get you the best HDR photos

Lesson 5: Photoshop HDR Pro Quickstart (Duration 07:41)

If you just can't wait, we'll jump into the HDR dialog and look at the 3 most important settings right away

Lesson 6: Edge Glow Settings (Duration 06:43)

In this video we'll start from the top and go over (in more detail) what the Edge Glow settings do to the HDR image

Lesson 7: Tone and Detail Settings (Duration 05:23)

The Tone and Detail settings help you get the overall brightness of the photo as well as the contrasty look that HDR is known for

Lesson 8: Color and Curves (Duration 03:43)

If you need to pump up your color and add some extra contrast you'll see how using the Color and Curves panels

Lesson 9: The Deghosting Controls (Duration 04:00)

Sometimes things move during your series of HDR photos. We'll talk about the Deghosting controls and how they can help things look sharper

Lesson 10: Post Processing using Adobe Camera Raw (Duration 06:10)

The HDR Pro dialog is just step 1 in the HDR process. Next we look at the post-processing phase and how it revolves around Camera Raw

Lesson 11: Finishing in Photoshop (Duration 05:59)

After you're done in Camera Raw it's time to finish the photo. This involves things like retouching, removing distractions, sharpening and any other Photoshop work that needs to be done.

Lesson 12: HDR Settings for the Surreal Fantasy Style (Duration 11:27)

The Fantasy/Surreal style of HDR has become really popular. In this lesson we'll go over which settings will help you get that look.

Lesson 13: HDR Night Photos (Duration 13:06)

Night photos are perfect for HDR. This lesson covers what to look for and which settings help make those night shots look their best.

Lesson 14: HDR with a Moving Subject (Duration 11:14)

What happens if you've got a moving subject in your HDR image? It'll probably be blurry right? Well, this lesson will show you how to cut down on the blur and make your subject stand out and look sharp.

Lesson 15: Pseudo HDR From Just One Photo (Duration 10:24)

While using multiple photos for HDR images is the best way to go, sometimes you have just one photo. The HDR Toning dialog can still help out and get you close to the HDR effect that you may be looking for.

Lesson 16: HDR From Start to Finish with Lightroom (Duration 13:29)

This lesson covers the HDR workflow from start to finish if you're using Lightroom. We'll start in Lightroom, move to the HDR Pro dialog. Then back to Lightroom and Photoshop to finish things off.

Lesson 17: HDR From Start to Finish with Bridge (Duration 13:52)

This lesson covers the HDR workflow from start to finish if you're using Bridge and Camera Raw. We'll start in Bridge, move to the HDR Pro dialog. Then back to Bridge, Camera Raw and Photoshop to finish things off.

Lesson 18: Conclusion (Duration 00:45)


Meet Your Instructor: Matt Kloskowski

Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based photographer. He's the Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine, the lead instructor on the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom LIVE…

1 Comment

  1. Thanks Matt for the great and very practical lesson!. We would you to show us how to do HDR in case we have a Panorama shot. We have to do 2 things stitching and HDRing several pictures, What is the best way to do it? Again thanks for your lessons I really like them.

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