Luminosity masks: why raw HDR is the best HDR

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

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

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

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.

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

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.