HDR Photography for Beginners
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HDR Photography for Beginners

Learn to Shoot and Create Stunning HDR Photographs!
4.2 (13 ratings)
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686 students enrolled
Created by John E Adams
Last updated 6/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 19 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Shoot, Process and create stunning HDR Images with confidence.
  • Learn John's proven simple and straight forward methods of HDR processing.
  • Watch start to finish HDR processing of 4 different scenes.
  • Clear and concise instruction is provied on each technique used in the class.
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Requirements
  • Basic understanding of exposure, aperture, depth of field, and shutter speed.
  • Software - You will need to download a copy of Photomatix at http://www.hdrsoft.com/ and On1 Effects 10 Free at https://www.on1.com/apps/effects10free/
Description

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and refers to scenes that include both bright and dark elements. It may be the sun, reflecting on water with some dark shadows in the tree lines, or a person standing in front the glare of an open window. When taking photographs of scenes like these, unlike the human eye, cameras need typically a little extra help to get that done. 

Learn To Shoot And Process Awesome HDR Photographs!

HDR photography is traditionally done by taking multiple photos of with the exact same composition but with different exposure settings and then merging them all together as one photo. This may sound difficult and daunting but John's comprehensive video training course will make it simple and even better, inspirational as he walks you through the complete process, from the basic camera functions to the creation of awesome images.  

By The End Of This Course

  • The details and techniques of taking your HDR shots will be second nature!
  • You will process with ease and inspiration to create awesome HDR images!
  • And finally you will know how to complete that final edit, creating the best photographs that you could ever want! 

 "I designed this HDR course so that it would be personable, inspirational and easily understood by absolute beginners"

Complete with working files, you'll be able to work alongside the instructor!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for any photographer who has never tried HDR photography or who did and had a really hard time getting good results.
  • If you are at the intermediate or advanced level with HDR experience this course would not be a good fit for you!
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Curriculum For This Course
10 Lectures
01:47:42
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Introduction
3 Lectures 29:51

This lesson covers the basics of what HDR is and why it is used.  I have also included Training Reference Worksheet to get the required free software links as a downloadable reference.

Preview 07:32

This lesson provides a background on the required equipment, equipment settings and some awesome tips on how to shoot great HDR images even with inexpensive cameras!

Equipment And Camera Settings
19:10
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Shooting From The Heart - Fort George Island
4 Lectures 41:01

I shot the images used in this training section just for this course, this overview provides some background on what it is you are working with.  Fort George Island is both a very emotionally powerful place and an awesome place to shoot!

Preview 02:35

We begin processing our first set of HDR images from Fort George Island using Photomatix.  I step you through every feature of the program and provide you with my tips on the settings and workflow that will help you to consistently create beautiful HDR images.

The images I use in this training:

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If you have not do so yet please take a look at the Training Reference Worksheet to get the required free software links!

HDR Processing of The Plantation View
16:05

We do our first post processing finish work on our Fort George HDR image and put some awesome finishing touches on it using On1 Photo 10 Effects.

The image used in this training is the HDR image we produced in the previous lesson.

If you have not do so yet please take a look at the Training Reference Worksheet to get the required free software links!

Post Processing/Final Edit of The Plantation View
09:25

We  process our second set of HDR images with 9 exposures from Fort George Island using Photomatix for the HDR tonemapping and then post processing/finish work using using On1 Photo 10 Effects.

The images I use in this training:

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  • Big_Talbot_Training 327

If you have not do so yet please take a look at the Training Reference Worksheet to get the required free software links!

HDR Processing and Final Edit of The Slave Masters Quarters
12:56
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Shooting From The Heart - Evanescent Trawlers of the South
3 Lectures 36:50

This optional presentation provides an overview of the project that the images used in this training were drawn from.

With each week that passes so does another one of these magnificent working vessels that lined the Southern Harbors of the United States for over 100 years. This series of images represents the essence of the challenges, hard life and above all the hidden beauty of the last rare and quickly passing wooden vessels that remain in the industry.

Sadly, today in many of these ports you will typically see no more than 4 to 8 working trawlers remaining. Many of the magnificent hand crafted large wooden hull boats, built right in my hometown of Fernandina Beach, Florida have been abandoned or destroyed, or are in severe disrepair with more disappearing with each passing day.

I started my career so many years ago working on small wooden craft in Northern California as a commercial Salmon Fisherman and Sea Urchin Diver, then spent 20 years in the Navy on a number of other vessels traveling to almost every ocean in the world and I still love boats. They have been such a large part of my life and with this project I have tried to put together images that reflect my heartfelt visions and inspirations through the lens of a camera.  

This project has covered 8 years and over 4,500 miles and has  definitely been some "Shooting from the Heart" for me!

Preview 02:26

We  process our first set of Shrimp Boat HDR images Photomatix for the HDR tonemapping and then post processing/finish work using using On1 Photo 10 Effects.

The images I used in this training:

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If you have not do so yet please take a look at the Training Reference Worksheet to get the required free software links!

HDR Processing and Final Edit of The Lady Vera
15:27

We  process our second set of Shrimp Boat HDR images Photomatix for the HDR tonemapping and then post processing/finish work using using On1 Photo 10 Effects.

The images I used in this training:

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If you have not do so yet please take a look at the Training Reference Worksheet to get the required free software links!

HDR Processing and Final Edit of The Triton
18:57
About the Instructor
John E Adams
4.4 Average rating
17 Reviews
1,062 Students
2 Courses
Certified Technical Trainer - Over 36,000 Students

....even more impressive is the quality of these high dynamic range images that live in a dreamy twilight zone somewhere between photography and a David Hockney photo-realistic painting. Joe Farace - Shutterbug Magazine

... nature and steel, seemingly diametrically opposed as subjects, are two of John's sources of inspiration that, for him, seamlessly coexist... Joanne Morris - EasyRiders and V-Twin Magazine

I have been living and breathing HDR Photography since 2007!

Photography has been a passion for over 40 years, since the age of 13 when I taught myself photography, darkroom processing and built my first enlarger with a handsaw, scrap plywood and a light bulb borrowed from the living room.

I had a second awakening with the discovery of the High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging late in 2007 where with a good set of images, the results can be truly spectacular and this has been my workflow for the last 9 years.  Beyond just trying to frame a good image, the process is a much more intimate involvement with the creation of art, and a new cycle of creative development continues to evolve for me.

From Nature, to Cars and Bikes my work has been very successful, from being featured as an EasyRiders and V-Twin magazines motorcycle artist for the year to a Top Ten finalist in the Nature Conservancy’s first ever digital photography contest.  

Taking pride in, and being able to produce quality images with point and shoot cameras also resulted in my work published along with Trey Ratcliff in Ferrell McCollough’s awesome book "The Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography" in 2008.

I have been involved in training since 1986 when I was trained by the US Navy in Curriculum Development and Instructional technologies and since then have given live presentations to over 36,000 students. In addition to being a Certified Instructor and Master Training Specialist for the Navy I am also a Federally Certified Law Enforcement Instructor.