How To Make HDR Pictures from One Image

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HDR Photography is a hot ticket these days, and it’s hard not to love the rich colorful images that are inherent of the genre.  HDR Photography is a range of methods used to provide higher dynamic range from the imaging process by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them together to produce a picture that is representative in both dark and bright areas.  In other words, boosting the dynamic range of your images.  Though the process sounds fairly complicated, as technology advances, the once tangled processes that were necessary to create these beautiful images are becoming unraveled and more accessible to every day photographers.

UK Protog Christine Dreshcer, who is also one of the Hybrid Heroes on, is a master image manipulator and has devised a simple method of creating HDR photos using only one image.  Enjoy!

Christine Writes…

I try to bring an artistic feeling to my photography and in each picture I strive to translate what is in my mind and my spirit, to tell a story through the image. For this post, I chose a picture from a trip I took to Marrakesh last year.   As I had never been to Africa before, this was a very special trip to me, and Marrakesh is beautiful city that’s erupting with colors, textures and life…ideal for travel photographers.

I would like to bring the dimension and the textures that the camera range naturally doesn’t allow into my pictures, and the way to extend the dynamic range is through my post production work.  In this video I give you some tips on how I bring these cinematographic feelings, textures, tonal contrasts and increased depth to a picture. I found that Nik’s HDR Efex Pro 2 is a great plug-in that can help me to achieve this in a quick and easy way.


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