How to Tone Map and Create an HDR Like Image in Lightroom 3
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Tone mapping is the process of taking a single image and increasing the dynamic range by evening out the overall exposure revealing the detail in the highlights as well as the shadows.
The end product is an image with a higher dynamic range. This is where HDR Images come into play. Bracketing multiple shots and combining them in post production in order to create an image with a High Dynamic Range or HDR.
[rewind: Learn HDR Photography from SLR Lounge]
However, did you know that you can create an HDR-like image with Lightroom? Yeah, you heard me right, no need for Photoshop or Photomatix. In this Lightroom video tutorial we are going to teach you how to create an HDR-like image with only a single RAW file in Lightroom by tone mapping the image using primarily adjustments in the Basic Panel and Tone Curve (and a few other things).
Note: These images have been provided to the SLR Lounge users curteousy of Lin and Jirsa Photography for educational purposes only. They may not be used in any other manner outside of these SLR Lounge learning videos without the express written consent of Lin and Jirsa Photography. Thank you.
Full RAW Exercise File (12MB) – This full RAW file will allow you to follow the tutorial while achieving the exact same results as shown.
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