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

Digital SLR Photography - - Front Page - Cam­era: nikon d610 / Lenses: nikon af- s 16- 35mm f/ 4 / ac­ces­sories: tri­pod & re­mote re­lease

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.

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