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High Dynamic Range Photography

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High Dynamic Range Photography

Learn how to use High Dynamic Range (HDR) tools to overcome the limitations of your camera and capture difficult scenes containing deep shadows and bright highlights the way you actually remember seeing them. The class will cover shooting and processing techniques for both realistic and artistic results and is intended for intermediate and advanced photographers.

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Knowledge of the exposure triangle (interaction of aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings)
  • Familiarity with your camera’s controls
  • Ability to download images to your laptop and preview them via software of your choice (for example Adobe Lightroom, Bridge or PhotoMechanic).
Concepts covered
  • What is dynamic range?
  • Shooting exposure brackets to capture the whole brightness range of a scene
  • Blending bracketed exposures
  • Tone mapping
  • HDRSoft Photomatix Pro software
  • Aurora HDR 2017 software
  • Fixing common problems in HDR images
  • Using Lightroom in an HDR workflow
Tools and equipment required
  • DSLR, mirrorless or compact camera offering aperture priority and/or manual exposure modes
  • A laptop computer and memory card reader for your camera
  • HDRSoft Photomatix Pro software (either full license or evaluation copy. Code “DaveWilson” provides a 15% discount on checkout)
  • Tripod
  • Cable or remote shutter release (highly recommended)
  • Aurora HDR 2017 software (optional in addition to Photomatix Pro, which only works on Apple computers)


This class is ideal for any photographer interested in adding new tools and techniques to their workflows to aid in dealing with difficult lighting conditions. Real estate and architecture photographers will gain skills allowing them to capture realistic building interiors without overexposing windows. Photographers wishing to experiment with more artistic results will learn how to use tone mapping to generate “hyper-real” or highly textured images.

Schedule and Format

This is a full day, hands-on workshop including both classroom and location portions. We start with 90 minutes in the Precision Camera classroom covering background material and skills needed to correctly capture exposure brackets. Then we visit the Texas State Capitol for a couple of hours for a location shoot. After a break for lunch, we resume back at Precision Camera where the HDR workflow using HDRSoft Photomatix Pro and Aurora HDR software is demonstrated. Students then download and process their own images under supervision. Following an introduction to some post-processing techniques which can be used to fix common problems seen in HDR images, the class ends with a slideshow of the students’ work.

HDRSoft Photomatix Pro will be the main software used during the workshop. It supports both Windows and Apple operating systems. Aurora HDR will also be demonstrated but is currently only available for Apple computers, so it is not required for students.

About the Instructor

Dave Wilson is originally from Scotland but has been living and working in and around central Texas for the last 22 years. He has been an avid photographer and photographic artist for 35 years. His main photographic interests these days are architecture, landscape, motorsport and rodeo. His involvement with HDR photography stretches back a decade and during this time his work has been published around the world and shown in exhibitions across Texas. He is an HDRSoft featured artist.

Read more about Dave and see his work on his website


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