Lightroom series part 19: Create a dramatic landscape with Merge to HDR

Lightroom tutorial Merge to HDR
(Image credit: Sean McCormack)

Landscape imagery is near and dear to most photographers, capturing the beauty we see as we travel through our lives. One thing you’ll notice pretty quickly is that unless the sun is at your back, the sky will be much brighter than the land, especially for sunrise and sunset. Traditionally photographers would use graduated filters for this, but there is a way to go without them. That way is high-dynamic-range or HDR processing.

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Sean McCormack

Sean McCormack is a commercial, and editorial photographer, book author, and regular contributor to Digital Camera magazine based in Galway, Ireland. He has extensive experience with Lightroom, dating back to its original beta version, and has tried out just about every plugin and preset available. His latest book is Essential Development 3: 25 Tips for Lightroom Classic’s Develop Module