HDR faking it with Photoshop

27 Aug

I recently visited the beautiful city of Avignon, France and got snap happy with my trusty Canon point and shoot! While I have yet to discover how to change the settings to take photos at different exposures and create HDR images, I was able to recreate the effects in Photoshop using layers, filters and playing with the sliders to change the saturation, add that glow that seems to engulf all HDR images and while I was at it, I decided to dramatize the sky a wee bit 😉

Here’s the photo before and after:

church, avignon, france


What is HDR?

In brief, an HDR image (High Dynamic Range) is a series of identical shots taken with a camera at different exposures and then placed one on top of the other to create beautiful photographs that expose every detail sharply. For a more thorough explanation you can refer to the wiki link below:


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3 responses to “HDR faking it with Photoshop

  1. wildstorm

    August 27, 2009 at 5:55 am

    It does provide for a more dramatic image doesn’t it.

    • madmatatu

      August 27, 2009 at 7:07 am

      It certainly does! and it’s nice to see all those fine details in the grooves between the stones just pop out! 🙂

  2. Dirnov

    September 5, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Greatings, Thanks for article. Everytime like to read you.
    Thank you


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