Real World HDR By Matt Kloskowski

2 hr 10 min
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HDR is one of the hottest trends in digital photography right now and we’re going to dive in head first during this online training course.

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Matt talks about HDR and explains what he will cover during the course
What are the benefits of High Dynamic Range photography
Things to do and not to do when setting up to shoot HDR photos
Here is what Photoshop has to offer for HDR
Getting started with Photomatix and HDR
Using the Details Enhancer in Photomatix
Moving on to the Tone Compressor in Photomatix
Be mindful of the noise in your photos
After processing, you need to get the image into another format
Lightroom is a much better program for image adjustment than Photomatix
Using Bridge and Camera Raw to do post processing on your image
Even if you don't use Photoshop for creating HDR, it is still the perfect tool for a lot of other image enhancements
Exploring this popular fantasy style of HDR
Follow this workflow for creating HDR panoramas
Even if you did not shoot multiple photos, Photomatix can still create a HDR style image
Finding your favorite HDR photos
Going over the entire HDR workflow with Lightroom
Going over the entire HDR workflow with Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw
HDR photography is powerful stuff and we hope you learned a lot how about creating this style of image
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Meet your instructor

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 Philip Philip

    Good course, but long out of date… There are several comments dated 2012 which mention this. and it is now 2015. CS4 and LR2 are pretty much dinosaurs now. I don’t have Photomatix, but it would be nice to see some information on using the NIK HDR program, plus how does the HDR processing in PS CC compare to the external programs?

  2. Profile photo of Steve27 Steve27

    A very good presentation. I have been using Photomatix for sometime but Matt’s class clarifies the process. Thanks, Matt. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of MM24173 MM24173

    I was somewhat intimidated by HDR and its reputation (especially the really over-the-top garish stuff), but this video makes it both comprehensible and attractive. I bought and downloaded Photomatix on the advice given, and it’s great. Normally I’d be wary of a third party product being advertised, but Photomatix makes it easy for someone who’s never done HDR before. Great suggestion and excellent video. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of Pumpkins Pumpkins

    Could I request an more up to date class on HDR, some of the directions and wording are confusing because of the newer versions of Photomatix 4.2 Thank You —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of RaceTrout RaceTrout

    I liked it but it is rather old now (LR2/CS4). Will there be an update now that LR 4.1 supports 32-bit TIFF HDR from CS5/6.
    If you produce and update could you cover Nik’s HDR Efex Pro.
    BTW: I just re-upped for another year. Best $200 I spend all year. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of Philip Bach Philip Bach

    A very nice presentation of HDR. I appreciate the downloads to help me work along. Thanks —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Jim Peachey Jim Peachey

    I really appreciated the inclusion of the workflow modules; using the stacking features of Lightroom to keep the originals; HDR and post-processed images together. I think the course could use two things especially in light of the recent blind critiques on the GRID. One is a discussion of black clouds; especially since storm clouds are black and dramatic. The other is perhaps a photoshop technique that Matt used to put a reflection in the water of his scenic; but to expand on this to cover using a layer to bring back a part of a single image that HDR techniques just seem to have a tendency to destroy… i.e. clouds or perhaps movement (people or animals etc). —- Yes, please post my feedback

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