Today, more and more humans are into photography. I remembered the last time when I visited a mall here on our place, I noticed that a lot of people are equipped with their DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex) camera and taking different photos inside the mall.
But today, we will not be discussing any tutorial about cameras. Instead, we are going to teach you how to transform your raw images into an HDR image. (FYI: HDR stands for High Dynamic Range).
Remember that this tutorial is the best because it is easy and 100% for beginners only! This will not require you 3 different exposure levels of the photo you are going to convert. All you need to prepare is your desired photo, a PC/laptop with Adobe Photoshop installed and this tutorial, of course! Let’s begin.
How to transform your photo into HDR easily?
1. Select you desired photo and open it in Adobe Photoshop. (In my case, I am using the CS3 version.) Usually, nature photos are beautiful to convert since they are composed of many colors which will be more visible after the simple HDR process.
*In this tutorial, I am using a photo you will find at http://factoidz.com/images/user/27062.jpg. (Thanks to the owner!)*
2. Next step is to duplicate the layer. Press CTRL+J to duplicate the layer. Your layer panel should look like this:
|Duplicate the Layer|
3. We are now going to add some shadows and highlights to our photo. Click Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight…
4. Adjust the amount of Shadows from 50% to 70% and the amount of Highlights from 50% to 70% too. Click OK if your done.
|50% to 70% Amount|
5. The next thing is to sharpen the photo. Click Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask…
6. Add at least 100% on the amount and at least 40 pixels on the radius. (Play with these settings to come up with your desirable HDR look.)
|Unsharp Mask Values|
That’s it! You now have a simple HDR photo. What can you say on the “Before and After” Photo below?
|Simple HDR Effect|
For any questions regarding this tutorial, just leave your comment below. Thanks!