Real World HDR, with Matt Kloskowski

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.

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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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 03:57)

Matt talks about HDR and explains what he will cover during the course

Lesson 2: What is HDR? (Duration 03:53)

What are the benefits of High Dynamic Range photography

Lesson 3: How to Shoot for HDR (Duration 08:09)

Things to do and not to do when setting up to shoot HDR photos

Lesson 4: Using Photoshops Built-in HDR tools (Duration 07:17)

Here is what Photoshop has to offer for HDR

Lesson 5: Starting with Photomatix (Duration 06:46)

Getting started with Photomatix and HDR

Lesson 6: Tone Mapping Detail Enhancer (Duration 10:59)

Using the Details Enhancer in Photomatix

Lesson 7: Tone Mapping Tone Compressors (Duration 04:37)

Moving on to the Tone Compressor in Photomatix

Lesson 8: Quick Tip (Duration 03:17)

Be mindful of the noise in your photos

Lesson 9: Saving Your Image (Duration 04:34)

After processing, you need to get the image into another format

Lesson 10: Post Processing in Lightroom (Duration 09:19)

Lightroom is a much better program for image adjustment than Photomatix

Lesson 11: Post Processing in Camera Raw (Duration 09:06)

Using Bridge and Camera Raw to do post processing on your image

Lesson 12: Adding Photoshop (Duration 07:54)

Even if you don't use Photoshop for creating HDR, it is still the perfect tool for a lot of other image enhancements

Lesson 13: The Surreal Fantasy Style (Duration 10:20)

Exploring this popular fantasy style of HDR

Lesson 14: Photomatix Batching and HDR Panoramas (Duration 10:32)

Follow this workflow for creating HDR panoramas

Lesson 15: Pseudo-HDR from One Photo (Duration 07:33)

Even if you did not shoot multiple photos, Photomatix can still create a HDR style image

Lesson 16: Quick Tip 2 (Duration 02:06)

Finding your favorite HDR photos

Lesson 17: HDR Workflow with Lightroom (Duration 10:25)

Going over the entire HDR workflow with Lightroom

Lesson 18: HDR Workflow with Bridge and Photoshop (Duration 09:43)

Going over the entire HDR workflow with Adobe Bridge and Camera Raw

Lesson 19: Conclusion (Duration 00:32)

HDR photography is powerful stuff and we hope you learned a lot how about creating this style of image

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. 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).

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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