ADOBE BRIDGE and PHOTOSHOP: HDR

If you like to work with postproduction and HDR (High Dynamic Range) pictures, here an idea: open the files in Bridge.

If you really want to get a good HDR, then you are going to need a lot of pictures. Check always the highlights and shadows in each and every, it is important to find as much details as possible in your sequence. Remember we work with digital pictures, we need to give photoshop material to construct our picture on, the more you give details, pixels to use, the more the result will be good. I’d say take at least 10 or 12. It might sound a lot but depending on nuances and shadows you might need more than the usual classical 3 (under- just and over-exposed to make a long story short).

Using Bridge is good for me as I can look at the pictures and list them, one close to the other and compare them. Like some do when they make their selections in Lightroom.

Once you have chosen your pictures, select the ones you wish to use (hold down cmd on MAC or ctrl on PC if they are not listed close to each others) then go to the menus and choose tool>photoshop>merge to HDR pro…

You will get into a new window where you can edit your HDR pretty much the same way as you edit in Camera RAW.

An extra tip, subjets like the sea or a stream might need some help: in case it doesn’t look good, check the “remove ghosts”, it helps in many occasions.

That’s all for this post, stay creative and I’ll catch’ya on the B-side!

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