Taking it to the next level is not always easy.

by George Mann

This post was supposed to be all about how I am finally getting into making HDR (High Dynamic Range) images and how easy it is to do with Lightroom. Well I have plenty of RAW image files and I downloaded all the presets from Richard Earney's Inside Lightroom website - http://inside-lightroom.co.uk/hdr.html - but then the rain and lightning storms blew into town.

For the last 48 hours or so I have had lightning and thunder all around me, water leaking through the roof in every room and to top it all off, no electricity and of course no internet.


The HDR-7 file in the Lightroom Develop module (this is not the HDR end result, just one of the exposure settings, this one is created by the HDR-7 preset in Lightroom)

I did manage to make a set of 7 images and struggled through the blending process in Photoshop CS3 on my portable, but I have to admit that I ran into some problems and although I did get an HDR image out of the process, I am not too happy with it yet (the dynamic range is there but the colors are not very good).

As soon as I get some results I can be proud of (hopefully some time tomorrow) I will make another post and show you what I have learned about the not so easy process of making HDR images with Lightroom.

April 30 - I am continuing my HDR experiments at my own website - http://dpmac.com - because you can not really see the effect unless you show images at a larger size than possible here. The first in a series of articles on HDR can be found at - http://dpmac.com/adobe/01-hdr-v1.html.


2007-04-27 13:47:11
Sorry, but why give the address of a web site and not link it? I'm visiting this site everyday, posting won't make me go away, but come back for more!
George Mann
2007-04-27 17:48:34
Sorry, I did not think anyone would mind doing a copy and paste. I will make the link active for you.
Sean McCormack
2007-04-27 18:28:18
Hi George,
While I do have a bunch of presets over there, Richard Earney runs inside-lightroom.com. Top bloke too and significantly taller than me ;)
Richard Earney
2007-04-28 03:02:00
It is my name and .com as well :)
George Mann
2007-04-28 08:23:13
Thanks Sean and Richard for being kind enough to point out the errors in my post. I will correct the article text shortly.

I am on the other side of the world (in South East Asia) from almost everyone so I am usually awake when you are asleep and it may seem like I am slow to reply, and now it is raining again. Later, I am shutting down.