Mastering HDR in Photoshop CS5 By Matt Kloskowski

2 hr 7 min
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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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Matt talks about what HDR is and how it can help your photos along with some samples of different HDR styles.
We'll go over the specifics of how to capture HDR photos in camera
You'll learn how many photos to take as well as the various exposure values to get you the best HDR photos
If you just can't wait, we'll jump into the HDR dialog and look at the 3 most important settings right away
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
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
If you need to pump up your color and add some extra contrast you'll see how using the Color and Curves panels
Sometimes things move during your series of HDR photos. We'll talk about the Deghosting controls and how they can help things look sharper
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
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.
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.
Night photos are perfect for HDR. This lesson covers what to look for and which settings help make those night shots look their best.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Matt Kloskowski


Matt is the Vice President of Photography for onOne Software and a Tampa-based photographer. He's a best selling author of over 20 books and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world....

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  1. Profile photo of Hien Pham Hien Pham

    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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