Several of the GRADS family have asked for a class on HDR Photography. In response, we went out and found a leading authority and expert on HDR and we’re bringing him straight to you!
Blake Rudis has taught HDR photography full time for over 5 years. He currently runs f64 Academy where he specializes in teaching advanced Photoshop techniques (among other editing programs). There’s a wide misconception about what HDR photography actually is. I’m going to ask Blake to set us straight and get us started on the right track.
Join us LIVE on Monday, Jan 16th at 2pm CST to listen in and ask questions! We’ll plan on about 20-30 minutes just to get us started, because towards the end we’ll have some great news!
Update: here’s the replay of our live interview:
And now for the best part!
Blake is letting SPS GRAD members access the first 4 videos of his course: Exploring HDR. How cool is that?! Here’s what you’ll learn:
- An Intro to HDR
- The Importance of the RAW File in HDR Processing
- HDR Method 1: Traditional Tone Mapping from Bracketed Exposures
- HDR Method 2: A Single Raw File with maximum dynamic Range extracted
Did I mention he’s letting us listen in on these FREE!
It gets better.
Blake has also given SPS GRAD Members a coupon code for 50% off the entire course for any interested in taking HDR to its fullest potential. Make no mistake, the videos included below will get many of you as far as you want to go with HDR. And that’s why Blake is so generous to let us view those here. But if you want to take HDR all the way, we’re hooking you up with 50% off.
Please find the 50% OFF coupon code below. I’m just mentioning it now as I don’t want you to miss it!
That said, let’s get to the videos!
Video #1: An Intro to HDR
Video #2: The Importance of the RAW File in HDR Processing
Video #3: HDR Method 1: Traditional Tone Mapping from Bracketed Exposures
Video #4: HDR Method 2: A Single Raw File with maximum dynamic Range extracted
50% OFF Through Jan 31, 2017!
As mentioned above, Blake is giving those who want to take HDR to the next level 50% off his Exploring HDR video course. Click here to redeem this coupon!
One Final Thought: Exposure Blending
In all of my research to bring about some good teaching on HDR, I also discovered one other technique called Exposure Blending. It’s a very very similar concept to “HDR,” but different.
I immediately liked exposure blending.
Granted, this could be an entirely different Master Class at some point (and perhaps it will as I personally love the results of the exposure blending technique).
All to say, I wouldn’t feel right not at least mentioning this newer “Exposure Blending” technique within this particular discussion. That’s because there’s a widely circulating “claim” going around that “HDR (software) is dead.”
With a statement like that, which…again…is widely claimed….I couldn’t bring myself to NOT at least make a mention as to why.
My job here is to give you all the relevant info. And this is relevant…especially in 2017.
To help show you just what exposure blending is, and perhaps why the “software” of HDR is different, I’m embedding a video from Jimmy McIntyre, who teaches exposure blending widely:
So with that said, here’s the bottom line. BOTH HDR and Exposure Blending aim to stretch dynamic range in an image. It all comes down to your own style, subject matter, and taste as to which technique you use (and perhaps which software/tools you use in that process).
Okay, to all who have inquired about HDR photography, I hope this has helped!