Shoot & edit HDR landscapes with ease
Capture every ounce of detail in landscapes and make them ooze with drama. we show you how to shoot and process hdr images to maximise atmosphere using nik’s free hdr efex pro ii software
L andscape photography is all about detail. From sharpness throughout the scene to detail captured in both the sky and foreground, this is a subject that was made for high dynamic range photography.
HDR is a simple technique where a series of three or more identical images are taken of a scene at different exposures. By blending these together in special software, it’s possible to retain detail from the deepest shadows all the way through to the brightest highlights. We’re going to show you the easy way to take a series of three exposures of a single scene, then how to use HDR efex pro ii to create dramatic HDR images. and best of all, this amazing software is available for free.
taking a series of shots to blend into an HDR image is a quick and easy process with the right kit. you’ll of course need a camera, and preferably a wide- angle lens such as a 11- 22mm for aps- C, or 16- 35mm for full- frame cameras. a tripod is essential to keep the camera firmly locked in the same position between shots, and a remote release will mean you don’t have to touch the camera between shots and risk moving it. if you don’t have a remote release you can use the camera’s self- timer facility, but the downside here is that there will be a longer delay between shots and a greater risk of ghosting.