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Natural HDR Environmental Shot – Weekly Ordinary to Extraordinary Lightroom Edit – E08

By Pye Jirsa on August 22nd 2013

Introduction

For this weeks tutorial, we’re going to show you how to create a Single-Shot HDR for landscapes using the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5. We’re going to go from a flat landscape image to a dynamic Single-Shot HDR in just a few clicks.

[Note: In the new Lightroom Presets v5, we have revamped all of the presets to improve image tonality and quality, allowing you to achieve even more amazing results. We’ve also added 95 new presets to reach a total of 311 presets in what is the gold standard of Lightroom image processing. In this series we’ll be going over how to use the new v5 presets to create great looking photos. Click Here to learn more or purchase the system.]

With each of our Ordinary to Extraordinary Edits, we’re going to first be going through how we create our effects with the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, then we’ll be going through the details in the develop settings so everyone can understand exactly how we get to a specific look. This way, whether you have the presets or not, everyone can benefit from watching this video or reading the article below.

Lightroom Presets v5 Mixology Recipe

Develop Mixology

  • 01-10 BASE – SOFT: 17a. HDR Heavy – Skin Desat

Local Adjustments

  • Brush: 12 Sky | Cloud | Ocean
  • Graduated Filter: 03 Burn (Darken) -0.5 Stop

To see how these presets were applied, watch the video tutorial below.

Watch the Lightroom Video Tutorial

Complete Written Tutorial

When you’re shooting these Single-Shot HDR’s you want to make sure your ISO is at the lowest possible. The reason being is because you lose dynamic range when you raise the ISO. This image was shot at f/9.0 to make sure everything is in focus. We also want to check our Histogram to make sure the Blacks aren’t being clipped and the Highlights aren’t being blown out. Here is what our EXIF data and Histrogram look like.

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For this image we’re going to apply the “01-10 BASE – SOFT: 17a. HDR Heavy – Skin Desat” preset. Our preset is bringing out a lot of gorgeous detail in the sky and shadows by dropping the Highlights and Whites and raising Contrast, Shadows, and Blacks. For this image we’re going to raise our Temperature slightly to 6100. In the HSL the Red and Orange have been lowered slightly to even out skin tones. Our Sharpening and Noise Reduction Settings are doing a great job of bringing out nice details, and taking out any unwanted noise you might see in the Shadows and Blacks. In Lens Vignetting, our presets sets the Amount to +30, we’re going to bring that down to -20 and adjust the Midpoint to 20 to get a bit more vignetting. Here are what the Develop settings look like after we’re done.

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Now we’re going to select our Brush tool and select our “12 Sky | Cloud | Ocean” preset and paint over the clouds and water. This preset brings out a lot of really nice details and colors in the sky, clouds, and water.

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After we’re done with our Brush we’re going to add a Graduated Filter with the “03 Burn (Darken) -0.5 Stop” preset. We’re going to add it over the audience and we’re going to hold down “shift” to keep the filter straight.

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Then we’re going to add another Graduated Filter with the Exposure adjusted to -0.30. We’re adding this filter because we want an even tone in the lighting across the image.

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Now we’re done with our Single-Shot HDR. Here’s what our image looks like before and after.

Before

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After

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Conclusion and Learn More

We hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. If you are interested in learning more or purchasing the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets v5, please click any of the links in this article.

Stay tuned for more SLR Lounge Weekly Edits!

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for posting.

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