Quick and Dirty Single Image HDR in Photoshop CS5

Posted January 12th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Software  |  Permalink

Here’s a super quick and easy way to get a single image HDR in Photoshop CS5.

Finished photo using the single image HDR method below. Pacific Coast, Olympic Peninsula, WA. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8.

Finished photo using the single image HDR method below. Pacific Coast, Olympic Peninsula, WA. Nikon D700, 14-24mm f2.8.

1. Open your image in Camera Raw (ACR).
2. Set Recovery, Fill Light, Blacks, and Clarity to 100.
3. Adjust exposure and brightness to taste.
4. Readjust any settings that make the image seem over the top.
5. Click Open Image when finished.

Same image as above, but shown as shot in the camera.

Same image as above, but shown as shot in the camera.

The method is super simple and very quick. It works on some images, but doesn’t work on others. You’ll have to experiment to see what works best for your picture.

Here's the ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) panel. You'll be adjusting the sliders on the right side of the window.

Here's the ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) panel. You'll be adjusting the sliders on the right side of the window.

Here's a closeup of the adjustment sliders for the image above.

Here's a closeup of the adjustment sliders for the image above.



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