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.

lr-hdr-07.jpg

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.

5 Comments

Christopher
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!
Thanks
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.