High Dynamic Range (HDR): Great Examples and Tutorials

Photography | October 7th, 2010

This post features some amazing high dynamic range (HDR) photos the work of great photographers around the world. I also show some very useful tutorial for anyone who wants to know more about the HDR techniques.

HDR photo is images that have a large exposure range, allowing for deeper contrast and detail in both shadows and highlights. The HDR effect can easily be overdone, leaving photos looking overprocessed, but when the techniques are used correctly, HDR pictures can have a stunning, otherworldly quality.

Wonderful High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photos

The Lost Hindu Temple in the Jungle Mist high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopThe Lost Hindu Temple in the Jungle Mist
The Exposed Temple Hall and the Third Stage of Enlightenment high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopThe Exposed Temple Hall and the Third Stage of Enlightenment
Dranesville Tavern high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopDranesville Tavern
The Sky Bar in Kuala Lumpur with a view of Petronas high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopThe Sky Bar in Kuala Lumpur with a view of Petronas
Inverted Vertigo high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopInverted Vertigo
The Lonely Trinity high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopThe Lonely Trinity
I have reached the end of the world high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopI’ve reached the end of the world
Sunflowers at Sunset high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopSunflowers at Sunset
Hong Kong from the peak on a summers night high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopHong Kong from the peak on a summer’s night
My Kinda Town high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopMy Kinda Town
Playa de Bolonia Tarifa high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopPlaya de Bolonia, Tarifa
The Old Chinese Burial Chambers of Malacca high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopThe Old Chinese Burial Chambers of Malacca
Grundvik main house high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopGrundvik main house
The Private Library high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopThe Private Library
Greece is the word high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopGreece is the word
photo by Maciek Duczynski high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopPhoto by Maciek Duczynski
The Open Road high dynamic range HDR Photography inspiration and tutorial in PhotoshopThe Open Road

Great and Useful HDR Tutorials

Here are some good tutorials that I found from several sites Photoshop and photography. All of these tutorials will be very helpful in increasing your knowledge challenged HDR photography.

  • HDR Tutorial – Everything You Need to Know About HDR Photography

    Tutoral HDR photography in three languages, English, Português, and Espa?ol which will greatly assist you in mastering the HDR techniques. This tutorial not just for new photographers and those just getting started and want to make prettier pictures but also for advanced photographers ready to add new and improved HDR techniques.

  • How to Shoot and Post-Process Professional HDR Photos in One Day

    In this tutorial you will learn the simple secrets of crafting a shoot sequence for HDR and creating professional quality HDR images in both Photomatix and Photoshop (depending on your weapon of choice). Not only will you learn an efficient workflow, but you’ll also learn the theory behind Dynamic Range. This lesson is taught by Peter Tellone, a professional photographer specializing in HDR landscapes.

  • Quick Tip: Producing a HDR Style Vignette in Photoshop

    In this video tutorial we explore how to create a dramatic, stunning effect in Photoshop. We’ll take a look at the famed HDR and Vignette effect, and how we can use it to create beautiful and professional looking photos.

  • HDR Tutorial with Photomatix

    The purpose of HDR photography is to show a higher range of detail than could ever be possible from a single image, this tutorial shows you how to obtain this using Photomatix.

  • Achieve HDR Style Effects Using Photoshop and the Lucis Art Filter

    This tutorial has three parts. In this tutorial you can learn how to adding HDR styling to multiple types of images using the LucisArt filter.

  • Exposure Blending Tutorial

    This tutorial will walk you through the basics of creating an HDR image by hand. All you need is a camera and photo editing software that supports layer masking (you can follow these steps in Photoshop).

  • How to Easily Fake an HDR Effect in Photoshop

    An easy to follow tutorial showing you how to create a HDR photo without the actual (time-taking) HDR process.

  • Layered HDR Tone Mapping

    This tutorial explains, step by step, how to achieve HDR pictures using layers and layers mask in Photoshop.

  • Post Processing HDR Tutorial

    In this tutorial you will learn after you have created your HDR image how to spice it up with some professional photoshop tecniques.

  • HDR Photoshop Effect Tutorial

    This HDR Photoshop tutorial shows you an easy way to fake HDR photos in Photoshop. You don’t need to shoot into RAW or take multiple photos – one JPEG file is plenty.

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