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HDR for Black and White: A Step By Step Guide

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Joseph Eckert writes on the Digital Photography School blog,

A few months ago, DPS published an article I wrote entitled “How to See in Black and White.” That article had a small bonus section at the end, in which I talked about how useful HDR can be to the monochrome photographer – a fact that is initially somewhat counterintuitive, since HDR is stereotypically held to be all about garish, over-done colors and excessive haloing.

In fact, as I talked about in that previous article, HDR can be extremely useful in bringing out microtexture, enhancing the effect of light and shadow, and in creatively influencing the overall tone of the image. All of these things lend themselves immediately and powerfully to black and white photographs, making HDR another viable tool in the monochrome photographer’s arsenal.

That section of the article received many comments and questions. In particular, a lot of photographers were wondering about the “right” way to make a black and white HDR, given that there are, in fact, numerous possible paths you can take through the editing process to achieve the end result. With this article I will show you how I do it – my ‘recommended’ way – and also address a few alternative methods. I encourage you to experiment and discover which method works best for you, artistically, creatively, and economically.

Read the full article

Creating an HDR-like Image From a Single RAW File in Lightroom

If you have been anywhere near the photography world in the past couple years, I am sure you have heard of HDR by now as there have been countless tutorials floating around on how to create HDR images using 3 bracketed exposures in programs like Photomatix and Photoshop. However what if you don’t have your tripod or if you are shooting a scene with moving subjects, yet you still want to create an HDR type shot? Well, good news, it is possible.
This tutorial will teach you how correct and produce a single RAW image into an HDR-like masterpiece using only Lightroom! That’s right, Photoshop skills are not even needed for this tutorial.

Creating an HDR-like Image From a Single RAW File in Lightroom

Exposure Fusion: What is it? How does it Compare to HDR? How Do I Do It?

Exposure Fusion: What is it? How does it Compare to HDR? How Do I Do It?

‘Less is more’, or so the saying goes. But in this case, I guess its true; less effort and less time equals more productivity and and better results, what more could one ask for? So from where I’m standing, Exposure Fusion looks to have everything going for it, and then some.

Bracketing a series of exposures for HDR photography

This is the tip from day 92 of an Adorama 100 photography tips in 100 days series.

AIRC – Adorama Imaging Resource Center: 100 in 100: Bracketing a series of exposures for HDR photography