Exposing HDR, with RC Concepcion

If you’ve ever wanted to know how the pros create mind-blowing HDR portrait effects then this is the course you’ve been waiting for!

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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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 02:23)

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.

Lesson 2: HDR Camera Set Up (Duration 11:52)

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.

Lesson 3: HDR Pano (Duration 10:34)

Here RC demonstrates how to shoot a bracketed pano, which can later be used to make an HDR pano.

Lesson 4: Detail In a Tight Space (Duration 10:08)

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.

Lesson 5: Detail & Colors (Duration 05:28)

RC chooses a spot with several different textures, colors and surfaces, to really boost detail and color.

Lesson 6: HDR Processing of the Church (Duration 33:51)

RC processes the photos taken in the church in Lightroom, then Photomatix, and then makes some final tweeks in Photoshop.

Lesson 7: HDR Process of Pano (Duration 17:00)

Here RC will first tone map the images, then stitch them together to create an HDR pano.

Lesson 8: HDR in Bridge (Duration 15:36)

RC makes his selections using bridge, instead of Lightroom.

Lesson 9: Sharpening Your HDR (Duration 19:18)

RC shows you several techniques to sharpen areas you want to draw focus to.

Lesson 10: Hazards of On Location (Duration 03:26)

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.

Lesson 11: RC Photographs A Local (Duration 04:37)

RC shows us how it’s possible to shoot HDR with a model.

Lesson 12: HDR Process with A Model (Duration 13:08)

RC demonstrates how to process HDR quickly under time restraints, with a model in your frame.

Lesson 13: Crew Shoots Another Model (Duration 01:21)

Another lovely model happens to be positioned in the perfect spot for HDR, making RCs shot an easy one.

Lesson 14: Processing Room Meltdown (Duration 02:15)

Unsatisfied with the quality of the models the cameraman, Adam, refuses to continue the shoot, leaving RC and Steve to finish the class.

Lesson 15: Hard Way Out (Duration 01:03)

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.

Lesson 16: Jack in The Box (Duration 01:00)

Steve returns to find RC with another local model as Steve tries to further convince him to leave.

Lesson 17: Final HDR Shot (Duration 01:38)

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.

Meet Your Instructor: RC Concepcion

RC is an education and curriculum developer and a “Photoshop Guy” for KelbyOne. An Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, RC has 10+ years in the I.T. and…


  1. 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!

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