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How to Create a Manual HDR

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Working Manually

HDR photos are made using more than one photo merged together for an effect. They typically look very saturated and processed, or a little flat. Today’s episode is all about creating an image that still looks natural, with details in the highlights and shadow areas. This gives you a lot of control over how much of an effect you want.

This image was composed of 3 photos, one overexposed, one under, and one properly exposed. The overexposed photo gives us information to use in the shadow areas while the underexposed does the same for the highlights. Make sure you don’t move the camera when shooting for an HDR image, use a tripod!

There is a specific order that works best when doing this technique in Photoshop; use the  underexposed photo as the base layer, then the overexposed, and then the correct exposure.

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