My process for HDR landscapes

I have recently been fascinated with landscape photography. Living in San Diego I am the audience for some of the finest coastal views in the world so it makes it a little easier. I only recently started using High Dynamic Range (HDR) as a shooting style. Now when shooting landscapes it's hard not to use it.. Here are a few of my HRD photos.....

Here is the result of the 3 previous RAW files merged together after editing..


My camera does an in camera merge for HDR photos, but the camera will over saturate the colors more than I want. Also, it produces it in a JPG format that makes editing much more difficult

This is the result of the two previous RAW files.

My Goal

Another 3 shot HDR. Once the 3 RAW files are merged together, since a RAW files are just data, my goal is to try and get the RAW file back to what my eyes witnessed.

This was one of my more recent photos..

My settings for this photo: Shutter: 13 sec, f/5.6, iso 50

My settings for this photo: Shutter: 5 sec, f/5.6, iso 50

My settings for this photo: Shutter: 30 sec, f/5.6, iso 50

The end result..

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  • ashcroft54

    You can take a one shot HDR. The photos will come out sharper than take two to 5 exposure shots. It's great when you have people in your photos. I wrote about how I did it awhile ago. I don't use my DSLR since I had a stroke and because of my iPhone.