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Lightroom 4 Natural Landscape HDR Preset

By Pye Jirsa on July 7th 2012

In this Episode – How to Create a Natural Landscape HDR Effect in Lightroom 4

Just because we use the term HDR, doesn’t mean we have to go about creating an over-the-top candied HDR look that is so common throughout HDR photography on the web. In fact, I like to boost my dynamic range in images, but I also like to keep my HDR images looking very natural. Essentially, we are just tone mapping our image to boost the overall dynamic range.

In this tutorial, we are going to work through a landscape image that was shot during an assignment out in Hawaii. We are going to process it to have a high dynamic range, but we are going to keep the overall look and effect very natural. We will be using the Lightroom 4 Preset System to process the image, but as usual we will also go over the sliders to help benefit everyone.

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For those that may not have seen the SLR Lounge Lightroom 4 Preset System. The Lightroom 4 Preset System has been designed from the ground up to be able to help you achieve any effect you desire. From vivid color correct images, to HDRs, to faded vintage images, to antiqued images, the sky is the limit!

Included are nearly 130 Develop Presets and 26 Brush Presets that are not only incredibly powerful, but also surprisingly simple and intuitive. Best of all, while other companies would charge $300, $400 or $500+ for a system like this, we are making the entire system available for only $99. Oh yeah, and the accompanying tutorials and mixologies, those are all free! So enjoy peeps. Below are all of the initial tutorials to get you guys started.

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  2. Rob Ruttan

    I assume you’re working with a RAW image here. For a variety of reasons, none of which has anything to do with being a snob, I still shoot film & have my negatives scanned. It will be interesting to see how well I can make this work with the scans.

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