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How To Process HDR Images In Lightroom CC

By Trevor Dayley on August 26th 2015

Creating HDR Images Easier Than Ever

In the previous video, I taught you how to use the Lightroom Panorama Tool. In this video, I will show you how to process HDR Images simply and efficiently without having the images looking like they’ve been overkilled in post. Here’s how to process HDR Images in Lightroom CC.

How To Process HDR Images In Lightroom CC

Simple Steps To Make Great HDR Images

In the past, I wasn’t a big fan of HDR because a lot of the time the images looked “over-cooked.” However, as a wedding photographer, I often find myself in high contrast scenes where it’s difficult to capture all the detail both in the shade and highlights.

First, I select the images I want to use for my HDR, by going to the photo tab in the menu bar, and then photo merge, and click HDR. What’s amazing about Lightroom is that it auto aligns the HDR image, adjusts the tones, and also has a deghosting option.

The best thing about making HDR images in Lightroom CC is that the HDR produced will be a digital negative, or a raw file, which allows me to play with the data from the image and achieve that exact look I’m going for.


I hope you guys enjoyed this quick tutorial on how to create HDR images in Lightroom CC. If you’d like to learn more about Lightroom, please take a look at our Lightroom Workshop Collection. Stay tuned for the next video, and please subscribe to our YouTube channel if you’d like to be updated with our latest tutorials and interviews.

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Trevor Dayley is a full-time wedding photographer based out of Arizona. He has six kids and has been married for 15 years. When he is not shooting weddings, he loves helping the photo industry. He has written hundreds of articles and shared countless tutorials. In 2014, he was named one of the Top 30 Most Influential Photographers in the Industry and one of the Top 100 Wedding Photographers by BrandSmash.

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  1. Justin Haugen

    coupled with local adjustment tool, you can really fine tune the image with the added dyanmic range.

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  2. tina akbari


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