The HDR Masterclass
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The HDR Masterclass

Start-to-Finish HDR Photography
4.8 (6 ratings)
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52 students enrolled
Created by Patrick C. Cook
Last updated 2/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 6.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Perform optimum field capture for HDR.
  • Peform image processing (tone mapping) for HDR images.
  • Have a better understanding of the camera.
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Requirements
  • Have basic photography knowledge.
  • Own at least a consumer-level DSLR or mirrorless digital camera.
  • have basic knowledge of digital camera operation.
Description

Make HDR photography part of your photography journey with the HDR Masterclass where you'll learn about HDR photography and begin building your skills with a proven field capture method and proficient tone mapping. Explore examples of HDR images created by the instructor as well as the many benefits of HDR photography. Learn the fundamentals of HDR photography to prepare you for optimum field capture using the instructor's own hassle-free field capture method for HDR photography. Then delve into tone mapping, including a demonstration with Photomatix Pro to get you off to a great start. The HDR Masterclass is rich in graphics along with a steady paced instructor presentation. This course will prepare you to utilize HDR photography upon completion of the course. All photography skill levels are welcome - just bring your enthusiasm to learn a new photography skill that will serve you well for many years.

Who is the target audience?
  • Digital photography enthusiasts.
  • Persons wanting to extend their photography skills.
  • Persons who have an interest in HDR photography.
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
06:18:31
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Welcome and Course Objectives
2 Lectures 21:09

In this welcome session we introduce the skills we intend to develop in the HDR Masterclass, which are referred to as "objectives". The two primary objectives of this course are "optimum field capture" and "proficient tone mapping". We then outline the many topics we'll cover in the course and why each topic is important in the development of your HDR photography skills.

Preview 10:43

It's important to understand what we intend to accomplish in the HDR Masterclass. The two primary skills we seek to develop with this course are "optimum field capture" and "proficient tone mapping" which we discuss in this session to give you a learning foundation as you proceed through the course.

Course Objectives
10:26
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Course Introductory Sessions
3 Lectures 54:38

This session introduces you to a variety of the instructor's own HDR processed images to help you appreciate the power of HDR photography. We show each example of the HDR processed images side-by-side with its single frame photo to help you appreciate the value of HDR photography for capturing all of the light levels in a scene. Be sure to join us in this session to better appreciate the power of HDR photography.

HDR Examples
15:18

This session clarifies what HDR photography is all about. We discuss the problem HDR photography is attempting to solve and we introduce various HDR-related terms as a learning foundation for continuing our discussion of HDR photography in the HDR Masterclass.

Preview 19:11

When we understand the benefits of HDR photography we are more motivated to learn the skills needed to practice HDR photography. This session introduces you to a variety of benefits you may realize by embracing HDR photography. The benefits are much more than better images and technical advantages, as this session reveals.

The Benefits of HDR Photography
20:09
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The Fundamentals of HDR Photography
3 Lectures 48:45

As the first of three sessions of the fundamentals of HDR photography, this session helps you appreciate an important limitation of the camera which often calls for HDR capture and image processing methods. We discuss how HDR photography overcomes the camera's dynamic range limitation to help you appreciate the value of HDR photography, regardless of the camera you own.

HDR Fundamentals Session 1 of 3
19:03

This second of three sessions of the fundamentals of HDR photography explores the histogram, an important tool that helps you understand the density and distribution of light falling on your camera's sensor. Understanding the histogram is understanding what your camera is able to record in terms of light levels, which is a key factor for successful HDR photography.

HDR Fundamentals Session 2 of 3
09:37

This third and final of three sessions of the fundamentals of HDR photography paves the way for you to capture an optimum series of images in the next session "Capturing for HDR". We discuss RAW versus JPG and delve into the 32 bit image format. We conclude this session by exploring if HDR photography is a style or a process and why the distinction is important.

HDR Fundamentals Session 3 of 3
20:05
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Capturing for HDR
6 Lectures 01:54:29

This first of three sessions of capturing for HDR photography will prepare you for our discussion of obtaining an optimum field capture using the instructors capture method. We start by discussing the HDR workflow, followed by discussing the objectives for optimum HDR field capture. Then we review how the histogram helps us understand when "clipping" is occurring, a key consideration in HDR photography.

Capturing for HDR Session 1 of 3
19:26

This second of three sessions concerning capturing for HDR photography will introduce you to the instructor's method of capturing a sequence of images for HDR processing. The instructor's method is designed to optimize, simplify and speed up capturing a sequence of images for purposes of HDR photography.

Capturing for HDR Session 2 of 3
17:56

This third and final of three sessions concerning capturing for HDR photography will step you through each of the steps of the instructor's own method of capturing a sequence of images for HDR processing. You won't want to miss this session because the instructor's field capture method paves the way for you to use HDR photography more often, with less resistance and with the best possible result. Bring a hot cup of coffee or tea and learn this surprisingly simple, but effective, method of capturing a sequence of images for HDR photography.

Capturing for HDR Session 3 of 3
17:34

In this session we step through each of the items of the downloadable Field Capture Guide that provides you with a handy field memory-jogger to help you create your best possible sequence of images for HDR photography.

Be sure to download the PDF file of the free HDR Field Capture Guide. Then have it printed (ideally in color) at your local copy center or using your home printer. Then use the guide to help you take the best possible field captures for your HDR photography. You may also download this video session.

The Field Capture Guide
20:04

This session reviews the field capture method described in the previous sessions that discussed optimum field capture for HDR photography. We discuss HDR capture rules-of-thumb to get you off to a great start capturing for HDR. We also discuss the importance of capturing for HDR using a stable platform, such as a tripod.

Capturing for HDR In Review
20:31

This valuable session provides a detailed demonstration of field capture for HDR photography using a mirrorless camera. We use the instructor's method of field capture discussed in previous sessions. While viewing the camera's actual LCD Live View, you'll see how easy it is to take a series of images for the best possible results during tone mapping, which follows this session.

Demonstration of Capturing for HDR
18:58
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Tone Mapping for HDR
6 Lectures 01:59:18

This first of three sessions sets the stage for understanding the processing of your field capture sequence, generically referred to as "tone mapping". We discuss merging, alignment and de-ghosting to get you off to a great start with your tone mapping.

Tone Mapping Session 1 of 3
20:05

This second of three sessions continues our discussion of tone mapping, moving into the various adjustments that can be applied to your merged field capture sequence. This important session will get you past the most common hurdle with tone mapping by helping you understand the variety of image adjustments available to you with HDR tone mapping software applications.

Tone Mapping Session 2 of 3
19:19

This first of three sessions demonstrating tone mapping using the popular Photomatix Pro HDR processing software prepares you for proficient tone mapping.

Be sure to download the three (3) sample images that you may use to practice tone mapping. The three images are in a ZIP file. Each image is in the Canon RAW format ("CR2") and may not display on your PC or MAC without a HDR software application. The images are for your personal educational use only and may not be re-distributed apart from the HDR Masterclass course. Copyright remains with the author Patrick C. Cook with all rights retained.

Tone Mapping Demonstration Session 1 of 3
20:39

This second of three sessions demonstrating tone mapping using Photomatix Pro continues to prepare you for proficient tone mapping. In this session we discuss each of the adjustments available with Photomatix Pro. Be sure to join us.

Be sure to download the three sample images that you may use to practice tone mapping. You may download the images from the description of the first session of the Tone Mapping Demonstration.

Tone Mapping Demonstration Session 2 of 3
20:52

This third and final of three sessions demonstrating tone mapping with Photomatix Pro concludes our demonstration of proficient tone mapping, including saving your final processed image.

Be sure to download the three sample images that you may use to practice tone mapping. You may download the images from the description of the first session of the Tone Mapping Demonstration.

Tone Mapping Demonstration Session 3 of 3
19:39

With our tone mapping demonstration completed, this third and final of three session concludes our discussion of tone mapping. We discuss avoiding common processing flaws that damage your tone mapped images. We also outline tips and best practices to help you have the best success with your future tone mapping.

Tone Mapping Session 3 of 3
18:44
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Course Wrap Up
1 Lecture 20:12

In this wrap up session we review the topics of this course and how they prepared you for embracing HDR photography. We then explore tips on how to utilize HDR photography to enhance your own photography journey. After that we list a variety of HDR software and HDR related publications to help you get the most from your HDR photography future. We then leave you with an inspirational gift to send you off to a bright and fulfilling future with HDR photography.

Course Wrap Up
20:12
About the Instructor
Patrick C. Cook
4.8 Average rating
6 Reviews
52 Students
1 Course
HDR Enthusiast and Photographer

I am a life-long photography enthusiast with a number of years practicing landscape photography. I have actively pursued a wide variety of photography interests related to digital photography, including HDR, infrared, panoramic and stereo photography. I enjoy teaching photography because I like to help other photography enthusiasts enhance their own photographic journey.