Dragan Effect: how to make dramatic HDR portraits in a matter of minutes

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 27/10/2013 12:01pm
    Dragan Effect: how to make dramatic HDR portraits in a matter of minutes

    The so-called Dragan Effect is a fun, creative way to give your people pictures a dramatic makeover. We explain how to use a few simple Photoshop effects to create HDR-style portraits with real impact.

    What is HDR? Everything you ever wanted to know about high dynamic range images

    | Photography Tips | 02/03/2013 02:00am
    What is HDR? Everything you ever wanted to know about high dynamic range images

    So what is HDR photography all about? In short, HDR techniques allow you to take pictures of high-contrast scenes and preserve all that important shadow and highlight detail. But it comes with a lot of jargon. Here we answer all the common questions about HDR images.

    Luminosity masks: why raw HDR is the best HDR

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 27/11/2012 02:00am
    Luminosity masks: why raw HDR is the best HDR

    This luminosity mask technique enables you to create the perfect raw HDR image by blending two exposures according to lightness, not just area. This is a variation on the traditional HDR photography technique, but because we want to darken highlights and lighten shadows throughout the image rather than in selected areas, we’ll blend the images in a different way.

    Fake HDR effects in Photoshop Elements

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 22/11/2012 11:30am
    Fake HDR effects in Photoshop Elements

    Some photographers employ the processing powers of packages like Photoshop CS5 or Photomatix to bracketing exposures to combine into a single composite high dyanmic range image that reveals fine detail in the shadows, midtones and highlights. HDR photography editing techniques add rich (and sometimes false) colours that enhance the artistic look of a shot, 
and many even like the way the HDR process can add artefacts such as halos around object edges.

    HDR Photography: set up and process your first high dynamic range image

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 20/11/2012 11:30am
    HDR Photography: set up, shoot and process your first high dynamic range image

    Capturing a scene with a full range of tones is one of the biggest challenges faced by everyone from amateur to professional photographers. Our tutorial on HDR photography shows you subtle ways around this common photography problem by learning how to set up, shoot and process a high dynamic range image. Even if it isn’t your first time practicing HDR photography, we’re confident you’ll learn something new.

    Bracketing explained: what you need to know about maximising detail

    | Photography for Beginners | 13/11/2012 16:15pm
    Bracketing explained: what you need to know about maximising detail in your photos

    Whatever subject you shoot, capturing detail is fundamental. And bracketing your exposures is one of the best and easiest ways to ensure you can produce images with a high dynamic range and bags of detail. A staple on lists of photography tips all over the internet, getting in the routine of bracketing photos will put you in good position for making images of the highest quality.

    In this post we’ve answered some of the most common questions about bracketing, as well as explained step-by-step how to bracket exposures and explained the principles of dynamic range and exposure blending.

    Vertorama Tutorial: make enormous landscapes with extra impact

    | Landscape, Photography Tips | 14/10/2012 04:00am
    Vertorama Tutorial: how to make enormous landscapes with extra impact

    Follow our simple steps below and learn how to stitch two photos together to create a vertorama image, or vertical panorama, which gives you the best possible image quality in your landscape photos.

    Behind the image: how pro photographer David Clapp fought the fog… and won

    | News | 15/09/2012 07:00am
    Behind the image: how pro photographer David Clapp fought the fog, and the fog won

    In a new series of weekend guest blogs on Digital Camera World, professional travel and landscape photographer David Clapp will be sharing the stories behind how he made some of his favourite images. Sometimes it will be how he processed a photo; other times it will be how he simply got to his location in one piece! In his first post, the Getty contributor tells us how a challenging sunny, yet foggy, morning in Devon made getting a good exposure a real challenge.

    Dynamic Range: what you need to know about capturing all the tones in a scene

    | Photography Tutorials, Tutorials | 12/09/2012 02:00am
    Dynamic Range: what you need to know about capturing all the tones in a scene

    If you’ve ever taken a shot in sunlight, or any other situation where the brightness range is high, the chances are your camera will have lost some detail in the darkest parts of the picture, the brightest parts or both. The problem isn’t to do with exposure. It’s because the difference between the brightest and darkest areas, or ‘dynamic range’, is so great that you can’t find a single exposure that can capture them both.

    Here we explain how to check if you’re capturing all the tones in a scene, typical problem areas and simple ways you can boost your dynamic range.

    Get the HDR effect from one image

    | Photoshop Tutorials, Tutorials | 15/08/2012 12:23pm
    How to create an HDR effect in Photoshop from just one image

    When you’re faced with a subject that has a high dynamic range – that is, one that has high contrast, with both very bright highlights and very dark shadows – one technique you can use to capture the full tonal range is high dynamic range imaging. But as you will see in our Photoshop tutorial below, there is a simple way to get an HDR effect from just one picture.

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