Exposing HDR By RC Concepcion

2 hr 34 min
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RC and crew went all out to shoot this one-of-a-kind photography course, showing off some of the newest, hottest, most sought-after HDR effects on the planet. He walks you through the entire process, step-by-step, from start to finish. You get it all—proper camera setup and necessary gear, composition techniques for capturing the perfect shots, and creating stunning HDR effects using Photoshop, Photomatix, and Lightroom.

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RC invites us to his location in Gary, Indiana at an abandoned church. He describes what he will be shooting, and why this is the perfect location.
RC will show what aspects make for a great HDR. He explains how to set your camera to capture the shots needed to make an HDR image.
Here RC demonstrates how to shoot a bracketed pano, which can later be used to make an HDR pano.
After shooting in vast areas of the church, we go into a narrow hallway and learn how to take advantage of seeing into different rooms that have different exposures.
RC chooses a spot with several different textures, colors and surfaces, to really boost detail and color.
RC processes the photos taken in the church in Lightroom, then Photomatix, and then makes some final tweeks in Photoshop.
Here RC will first tone map the images, then stitch them together to create an HDR pano.
RC makes his selections using bridge, instead of Lightroom.
RC shows you several techniques to sharpen areas you want to draw focus to.
Upon setting up his shot an unwanted visitor reminds us of how shooting on location in public can be a challenge. You have to be flexible and adapt quickly to your surroundings.
RC shows us how it挞夆聣恽s possible to shoot HDR with a model.
RC demonstrates how to process HDR quickly under time restraints, with a model in your frame.
Another lovely model happens to be positioned in the perfect spot for HDR, making RCs shot an easy one.
Unsatisfied with the quality of the models the cameraman, Adam, refuses to continue the shoot, leaving RC and Steve to finish the class.
Steve, thinking Adam has the right idea, goes to look for his buddy so they can leave together, but learns Adam has found the wrong way out.
Steve returns to find RC with another local model as Steve tries to further convince him to leave.
In his attempt to meet up with Steve and leave, RC finds one more shot he has to take, and it ends up being his final HDR shot.
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RC Concepcion


RC is an award winning photographer and author of the best selling books “Get Your Photography On the Web” and “The HDR Book” by Peachpit Press. He is an education and curriculum developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, hosts the popular podcasts “Photoshop User TV” and “Photography Tips and Tricks...

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  1. Profile photo of Vivian Bedoya Vivian Bedoya

    I watched this course to learn about HDR shooting and processing and it delivered but I think it might be good to warn viewers that this is not your typical instructional video and to watch with an open mind. The content of the course – the actual HDR teaching and concepts – was easy to follow, clearly presented and very educational. The behind-the-scenes videography and directing set ups, the ghouls and vampires and the theatrics, while entertaining, were not for me. RC has more than enough charm and personality that gimmicks are not necessary to make his courses interesting and informative.

  2. Profile photo of Glen Glen

    Ok I gave the course a second chance and it was ok. Very useful and now that I’ve watched it I understand the strange use of effects at the beginning… I see that my original comment is waiting for moderation .. feel free to remove it.. quick to judge…

  3. Profile photo of JC10160 JC10160

    Outstanding. This one is added to my favorites.

  4. Profile photo of jonathan jonathan

    I am sure the content was great. I love these courses.. but this one made me dizzy… i had to turn it off because I could not watch this.. the course filming itself is not the place for creativity … the course information should bring that to you.. this experiment just gets in the way. Sorry..

  5. Profile photo of andre2 andre2

    I think I am old…well, I am sure I am old. I really dislike the way this course was set up.
    Sorry…love everything else, but this one does not jell with me!

  6. Profile photo of lemppari lemppari

    This was great! ;)

  7. Profile photo of Allun Hamblett Allun Hamblett

    RC hit this one out of the park! He really drills down and gets into the detail for the more advanced HDR user. I’ve become a real fan of RC and his HDR work. Two thumbs up!

  8. Profile photo of Philip Bach Philip Bach

    I enjoyed the course. Thorough and understandable. Sorry about your getting attacked by the “biters” but thats the risks of photography.

  9. Profile photo of Ruben Vazquez Ruben Vazquez

    Awesome production, great course
    RC rules!

  10. Profile photo of Uncle Greg Uncle Greg

    “I don’t even like HDR”! Hahaha.

  11. Profile photo of Christopher Christopher

    Great course! thanks very much!

  12. Profile photo of callipo callipo

    Great course and something a bit different. This goes great alongside your HDR book….even though its now two years old :)

  13. Profile photo of tupapioso tupapioso

    Fun course. Zombie in a box!

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