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…

7 Comments

  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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