Need a place to get started? Just want to learn the basics of how to capture and edit an HDR image? Well look no further, here are our favorite tutorials on the internet for how to create an HDR image. Note: You may need to pick up some HDR software before you dive in.
Equipment and Software
It goes without saying that the first piece of hardware you need is a camera. I personally shoot with a Cannon 60D, which is a middle of the road prosumer (somewhere between professional and consumer) DSLR camera. DSLR stands for “Digital Single Lens Reflex”. According to this HDR tutorial, it isn’t necessary to own an expensive camera to capture great HDR photographs. I do, however, recommend using a camera that shoots RAW photographs and allows you to bracket your shots. I also suggest you spend an amount that is comfortable and focus on buying the best lens you can afford for the camera body you select.
Shooting good HDR photographs will require you to keep the camera very still. A tripod is essential. You don’t need to buy an expensive one. It simply needs to keep your camera still in both landscape and portrait camera positions. I only paid about $30 for mine and it is has served me very well.
I use a tripod about 90% of the time to capture HDR images. Of course, there are exceptions since it is not always practical or possible to use one. The beach scene in the header of this HDR tutorial is a perfect example (see top of page). I was vacationing with my family when a storm rolled in. I was on the front porch and my tripod was on the second floor. The storm was moving so quickly that I felt I would miss the shot if I took the time to retrieve my tripod. Instead, I simply held the camera on top of the arm rail of the steps leading up to the house. It wasn’t the most elegant way to shoot a photograph, but it got the job done.
3. Remote Trigger
It is not essential that you use a remote trigger, but it certainly makes it easier to take multiple shots without touching the camera. There are other methods of doing this that will be discussed in the bracketing section of this HDR tutorial.
4. Photomatix Pro
Standalone program for HDR Tone Mapping and Exposure Fusion, including automatic image alignment and ghost removal, selective deghosting tool, reduction of noise and chromatic aberrations, and powerful batch processing.
If you don’t already have a copy of Photomatix Pro, use the Photomatix coupon code “15HDRIT”, which HDR Soft was kind enough to provide me, and pass on to you, when I informed them I was writing this HDR tutorial.
Krzysztof Ratynski: 180� view Panorama from Kindersley Summit (2393m) in Kootenay National Park in Canadian Rockies
Photos © by KrzysztofRatynski
Panorama is composed of 6×3 pictures, +/- 1EV, 1000pix wide