Common photo problems and how to fix them in Photoshop: #12 My HDRs lack contrast

Photoshop HDR and Dehaze
(Image credit: James Paterson)

HDR, or high dynamic range photography is hugely popular. You can use it to capture ultra-high contrast scenes with too high a brightness range for a single exposure, and to add drama, depth and spectacle to a scene. However, bringing up the shadows and toning down the highlights can also leave your images looking unexpectedly flat... so what do you do?

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James Paterson

The lead technique writer on Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine and N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, James is a fantastic general practice photographer with an enviable array of skills across every genre of photography. 

Whether it's flash photography techniques like stroboscopic portraits, astrophotography projects like photographing the Northern Lights, or turning sound into art by making paint dance on a set of speakers, James' tutorials and projects are as creative as they are enjoyable. 

He's also a wizard at the dark arts of Photoshop, Lightroom and Affinity Photo, and is capable of some genuine black magic in the digital darkroom, making him one of the leading authorities on photo editing software and techniques.