Guide to HDR Photography: Part 3


When we process our photos, we don’t stop with Photomatix. Sometimes you might need to fix ghosting objects, do some noise reduction or you might just want to keep playing. The possibilities are endless! Here are some examples of photos taken from Photomatix to Photoshop:

Photomatix — Photoshop


Photomatix — Photoshop



Some people seem to have a healthy dose of disdain for HDR without much understanding to accompany it. Perhaps that stems from the intimidation of learning something new or some sort of misplaced teenage angst.
As they say — haters gonna hate.
Don’t let them discourage you. Keep going down the road of creating something you enjoy while they complain somewhere back in the distance.


Why not? It seems we’re always in search of new ways to create an interesting image, whether it be as simple as screwing on a neutral density filter to capture the silky flow of water or as complex as a tripod head that follows the stars. Curiosity knows no bounds. HDR allows us to capture not only what we see, it allows us to convey how we feel when we’re there. The most wonderful thing about artistic expression is that its only limit is imagination. As photographers, we are spoiled by the number of tools we have at our disposal. HDR is simply another tool in the grand objective of sharing our own vision. Add it to your bag. Make mistakes with it. Learn from them. Take more shots and say something.


A full moon over San Francisco Bay in Northern California