Learn Advanced HDR Editing with Photoshop and Photomatix

Learn advanced HDR photo editing techniques like Deghosting, getting rid of Noise, removing Dust Spots and more.
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  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2013 English

Course Description

How to Edit HDR Photos Like a Pro

Learn how I use Photoshop & Photomatix to create photos that have been featured on Apple and The Washington Post.

Do you get really frustrated when your images don't come out the way you want them to look?

Do you ever feel like you aren’t harnessing the true power of Photoshop or HDR software?

Do your photos end up looking too grungy?

I’m Angela Pan, a professional Landscape Photographer from Washington DC that specializes in HDR. My work has been featured in Apple, The Washington Post, ABC, NBC and the TravelChannel..

I will teach you everything I know about editing HDR photos (learnt from reading tons of books and attending expensive photo workshops) in this 1 hour, 13 videos course.

Awesome HDR Skills You’ll Learn in this Course:

- Spotting Imperfections in your Photos

- Crop like a Pro: Drastically Improve your Composition by Knowing What to Remove

- HDR De-Ghosting: Get Rid of the Pesky Blurriness caused by Moving Objects

- Nik Color Efex Pro: The Secret Weapon to Photos w/ Amazing Color and Detail

- Leverage the Power of Adobe Bridge to Simplify how you Work

  1. Tone Mapping - Color Saturation
  2. Tone Mapping - Luminosity
  3. Tone Mapping - Details Contrast
  4. Tone Mapping - Lighting Adjustments
  5. Tone Mapping - Smooth Highlights
  6. Tone Mapping - White Point
  7. Tone Mapping - Black Point
  8. Tone Mapping - Gamma
  9. Tone Mapping - Temperature
  10. How to use Adobe Bridge
  11. How to Get Rid of Dust Spots
  12. Cropping
  13. Nik Color Efex Pro - Contrast
  14. Nik Color Efex Pro - Color
  15. Levels, Curves and Color Balance
  16. Getting Rid of Noise
  17. Sharpening your Image
A Video Course is WAY Better than Reading a Book (esp. when you’re Editing Photos)

Courses are so much better than book learning when it comes to photography, and here’s why:

  • Screen Capture so you can follow along and see exactly what I’m doing (instead of trying to follow in a book, then switching back/forth to your computer)
  • Skimming a Big BORING Book Sucks - this video course gets to the good stuffwithout leaving any of the important stuff out.
  • You can Ask Me Questions - if you get stuck, you can actually contact me via comments/emails and I’ll get back to you.
  • Seeing it Happen is Wayyy Cooler - when you’re watching me edit photos in ‘real-life’, and see them go from blah-to-AWESOME, it will get you super-excited to apply these techniques to your own photos

Here’s a complete list of everything we’ll cover:

  1. How to Envision your Final Results
  2. Reduce Noise
  3. Reduce Chromatic Aberrations
  4. Selective Deghosting
  5. Tone Mapping - Strength
100% Self-paced Video Course

Follow me on your own time, at your own pace and on your own computer as I walk you through using Photoshop, Photomatix and Nik Color Efex Pro to edit your HDR photos.

And...if you get stuck, you can contact me via the Comments section or Email.

Course Materials
  • Videos that walk you through how to use Photoshop, Photomatix and Nik Color Efex Pro to edit your HDR photos.
  • Sample Photos I use in the videos so you can follow along
  • Coupon Codes for Photomatix
Length of time it will take to complete the course
  • Over 13 lectures and an hour worth of content!

What are the requirements?

  • Computer
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Photomatix

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Spotting Imperfections in your Photos
  • Crop like a Pro: Drastically Improve your Composition by Knowing What to Remove
  • HDR De-Ghosting: Get Rid of the Pesky Blurriness caused by Moving Objects
  • Nik Color Efex Pro: The Secret Weapon to Photos w/ Amazing Color and Detail
  • Leverage the Power of Adobe Bridge to Simplify how you Work

What is the target audience?

  • People that get frustrated with flaws and distractions in their HDR photos
  • want to Take your HDR Skills to the Next Level (beyond shooting multiple images and ‘blending’ them together)

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to Editing your HDR Photos like a Pro
02:12

Thank you so much for purchasing the tutorial I hope you learn lots!

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

01:59

It's really important to envision your results. It gives you direction and helps your convey your vision more accurately.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

Section 2: PhotoMatix: Combining your Exposures into a Single Image
00:38

Photomatix is a great program. Of course there are many other programs out there that are capable of doing the same things, but this is my preferred method of combining my exposures.

Link to learn more about Photomatix: http://www.hdrsoft.com/
Coupon Code: abpan to save 15% off your purchase

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

00:27

How to load your images into PhotoMatix for Mac and PC.

I've attached all my original files so that you can work on this image along with me. Although I decreased the resolution on them so it'd be easier for you to download and manage.

Link to learn more about Photomatix: http://www.hdrsoft.com/
Coupon Code: abpan to save 15% off your purchase

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

02:24

Post Processing Options:

  • Align source images: Make sure all your exposures are stacked one on top of each other correctly
  • Remove ghosting: Gets rid of movement in your image (will discuss further in next video)
  • Reduce noise: Gets rid of all the little specks in your image. It may also look like grain.
  • Reduce chromatic aberrations: the fringing that occurs between very contrasting areas (light vs. dark). It often looks like a purple, green or red line that is not supposed to be there
  • Raw conversion settings.

Link to learn more about Photomatix: http://www.hdrsoft.com/
Coupon Code: abpan to save 15% off your purchase

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

01:46

Remove unwanted movement in your HDR image

To remove a selection or choose a different exposure, click on the selection with the right button of your mouse.

Link to learn more about Photomatix: http://www.hdrsoft.com/
Coupon Code: abpan to save 15% off your purchase

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

02:15

We're just about ready to make adjustments. First, let's go over a few of the overall settings of Photomatix.

Default settings, Size ratio, Tone Mapping

Link to learn more about Photomatix: http://www.hdrsoft.com/
Coupon Code: abpan to save 15% off your purchase

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

05:44

Strength- Determines how much tone mapping is involved in your image.

Color Saturation- Determines the intensity of color in your image

Luminosity- Brings light in your image as a whole

Detail Contrast- Brings out contrast in your image (I usually work luminosity and detail contrast sliders together)

Lighting Adjustments- Determines how grungy your picture looks. Also moves the direction of light

Link to learn more about Photomatix: http://www.hdrsoft.com/
Coupon Code: abpan to save 15% off your purchase

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

03:19

Smooth Highlights- Sometimes combining multiple exposures will leave strange artifacts in your image. This helps you smooth out the transition from those bright spots.

White Point- Increase your bright areas

Black Point- Makes the darks darker in your image

Gamma- Adjusts the contrast of your midtones

Temperature- All the way to the left makes your image cool/blue. All the way to the right makes your image warm/yellow.

Link to learn more about Photomatix: http://www.hdrsoft.com/
Coupon Code: abpan to save 15% off your purchase

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

03:35

Micro-Smoothing- Remove any artifacts or noise that may appear on your image.

Saturation Highlights- Increase saturation in highlight areas (very bright areas)

Saturation Shadows- Increase saturation in shadow areas (very dark areas)

Shadows Smoothness- Get rid of artifacts in the shadows of your images

Shadows Clippings- Makes your darks even darker

Link to learn more about Photomatix: http://www.hdrsoft.com/
Coupon Code: abpan to save 15% off your purchase

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

Section 3: Adobe Bridge: Transition to Photoshop
01:20

I've attached my original tone-mapped image for you to download

Super easy but important step to make life a lot easier

Load files into folder called "processing"
Tools- Photoshop- Load files into Photoshop Layers

Link to coupons for adobe products: http://www.adobe.com/products/discount-software-coupons.html

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

Section 4: Adobe Photoshop: Adding Contrast and Adjusting Colors
06:55

Get rid of the things that annoy me the most:

Dust Spots: Spot healing brush tool (keyboard shortcut "j")
Clone stamp tool (keyboard shortcut "s")

Cropping: Crop tool (keyboard shortcut "c")

Link to coupons for adobe products: http://www.adobe.com/products/discount-software-coupons.html

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

10:05

Favorite filter:
Google Nik Color Collection- Color Efex Pro 4
Low Key (brings the darks out), High Key (brings the lights out), Brilliance/Warmth (color saturation), Contrast Only (adds contrast), Dark / Lighten center (adds a slight vignette around your image)

Add more contrast:
Image- Adjustments- Levels (command l)
Image- Adjustments- Curves (command m)

Adjust color:
Image- Adjustments- Color Balance (command b)

Link to coupons for adobe products: http://www.adobe.com/products/discount-software-coupons.html
Link to Google Nik Color Collection: http://www.google.com/nikcollection/

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

07:08

DeNoise: Topaz Noise: Gets rid of noise
Sharpen Image: Unsharp Mask- Filter- Sharpen- Unsharp Mask

Mask: Layer- Layer Mask- Reveal All

Link to coupons for adobe products: http://www.adobe.com/products/discount-software-coupons.html
Topaz Adjustments: http://www.topazlabs.com/ use coupon code abpan for 15% off

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

Section 5: Thank you!
00:24

Thank you so much for watching!! I really hope you learned tons and can use these tips and tricks on your own images.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at angela@abpan.com
If you love the tutorial, please leave a comment on my Facebook wall

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Instructor Biography

Angela B. Pan, HDR Landscape & Nature Photographer

Angela B. Pan is a professional photographer based in the Washington DC area specializing in HDR landscape and nature photography.

Angela's work has been featured in:

  • Apple.com
  • The Washington Post
  • ABC
  • NBC
  • Buzzfeed
  • TravelChannel.com
  • Washington Flyer as one of the “Top 100 Travel Blogs”

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