Streamlined HDR in Lightroom Workflow
I’m an enormous proponent of HDR pictures and use it each day. I make use of completely different HDR software program and numerous modifying strategies to attain pure wanting and balanced HDR images.
Over time, the inspiration of my Pure Wanting HDR strategy was the workflow the place I used a mixture of Photoshop and Lightroom. Utilizing Photoshop HDR Professional, the module of Photoshop, to merge a number of images to HDR and Lightroom to use a customized modifying approach to supply the ultimate look.
“Pure Wanting HDR Images Information” is, by far, the most well-liked tutorial on PhotoTraces.com the place I break down my favourite approach.
I extremely suggest that you simply take a look at the “Pure Wanting HDR Images Information” the place I additionally reply the most typical questions in easy phrases. A few of the questions embody: “What precisely is HDR Images?” and “Why do I would like HDR?”
The approach requires a number of steps and, if I show them schematically, it seems like this:
Lightroom > Photoshop HDR Professional > Lightroom > Photoshop
Usually, the approach will not be too advanced but it surely requires each Lightroom and Photoshop, in addition to a number of steps to finish it.
HDR in Lightroom? Is that this for actual?
Lately Adobe launched a brand new model of Lightroom, model 6 (learn my overview Adobe Lightroom 6 Evaluate – New Options). One of many greatest addition that stunned many photographers was the Picture Merge HDR module built-in into Lightroom.
It grew to become the sport changer within the subject of HDR pictures. Not solely does the brand new processing technique bypasses Photoshop altogether, but it surely additionally saves an unlimited period of time on creating and modifying HDR pictures.
The HDR in Lightroom is the truth now.
Initially, I used to be planning to replace my “Pure Wanting HDR Images Information” with the brand new Lightroom 6 HDR choice however, later I noticed that Lightroom HDR is one thing utterly completely different that deserves its personal tutorial.
To proceed with this tutorial, all you want is Lightroom 6 or later. If you wish to comply with me step-by-step, you may get the identical images that I used on this demonstration.
Obtain the supply RAW recordsdata under. Import them into Lightroom and you might be able to create your first HDR in Lightroom.
For Lightroom HDR tutorial, I chosen 3 bracketed photographs (-2; 0; +2) I took in Hawaii (O’ahu Island) whereas mountaineering alongside Hanauma Bay Rim Path early within the morning. I used Sony A6000 digicam and Sony 10-18mm lens on a tripod (FEISOL Event CT-3442).
That was my very first journey with the brand new gear after I switched from Canon DSLR to Sony Mirrorless.
Earlier than you can begin with the tutorial it’s good to import demo photographs to Lightroom.
Step 1 – Picture Merge > HDR
In Lightroom, choose 3 bracketed photographs you plan to course of as HDR, proper click on (choice click on) and choose PHOTO MERGE > HDR…
You’ll be offered with the Lightroom’s new Picture Merge interface with HDR Choices.
As you’ll be able to see the variety of HDR choices are very restricted in comparison with standalone HDR applications like Photomatix. On the similar time, I discover them (choices) to be very efficient and I by no means skilled the necessity for extra controls.
Auto Align – despite the fact that I used a tripod, I chosen this feature in case the robust wind induced digicam motion between the photographs.
Auto Tone – when chosen, the Lightroom tries to routinely tone map picture by adjusting the publicity, recovering the shadows and the highlights. Since I’m planning to make use of my customized edits, I don’t care about this feature.
Deghost Quantity – I don’t have transferring objects in my composition in addition to the waving grass attributable to robust wind. I chosen LOW settings to permit some “ghosting” within the foreground, to have the ability to obtain the impact of lengthy publicity softness.
If you find yourself carried out with the HDR Choices press MERGE button and Lightroom goes merge 3 bracketed photographs, create new HDR picture with the DNG extension and put it aside subsequent to the unique photographs. All carried out routinely.
Beneath is the brand new HDR picture produced by Lightroom. As you’ll be able to see it seems boring and unappealing and we have now to use Lightroom edits to convey it to life.
Step 2 – Preset Based mostly Lightroom Modifying
To hurry up the method of modifying and to have extra inventive choices, I made a decision to make use of Lightroom Presets Based mostly Modifying. The approach is predicated on making use of beforehand saved presets to the picture and selecting the right wanting model.
To comply with alongside, it’s good to use my Free Lightroom Preset Assortment. If you happen to need assistance on find out how to set up and use free presets, please verify my tutorial: The way to Use PhotoTraces Free Lightroom Preset Assortment
First, with just one click on I utilized Pure preset from my Free Lightroom Preset Assortment and later used ToolKit changes to advantageous tune the picture (for assist verify the tutorial).
Listed here are the precise modifying steps I used to attain the ultimate look:
- Pure preset
- 08 Open Shadows ++
- 20 Vibrance +
- 23 Saturation 0
- 38 Sky Blue Darker +
Modifying method: Pure (8, 20, 23, 38)
Preset: Finish Of Summer season
Modifying method: Finish of Summer season (4, 12, 15, 32)
Preset: HDR Mix
Modifying method: HDR Mix (12, 21, 40)
Preset: Hawaii Sundown
Modifying method: Hawaii Sundown (4, 8, 31, 40)
The next “seems” I managed to attain through the use of my premium Landscapes Lightroom Preset Assortment Vol.1
Preset: Tropical Morning
Modifying method: Tropical Morning (32, 40)
Preset: Damaged Clouds
Modifying method: Damaged Clouds (8, 11, 15, 31)
Preset: Pinkish Hue
Modifying method: Pinkish Hue (32)
Preset: Level Lobos
Modifying method: Level Lobos (5, 9, 12, 15, 40)
Modifying method: Skyshine (1, 9, 33)
Step 3 – Artistic Choice
As you’ll be able to see, through the use of Lightroom Preset Based mostly Modifying we managed to create 9 very distinctive “seems” in a really brief time period. Subsequent step is to pick out the model we like the perfect.
My private choice is the “look” produced by Tropical Morning preset.
What’s your favourite “look”?
The brand new Lightroom HDR module simplifies the method of making HDR pictures. It’s less expensive (no Photoshop required) and far easier. Together with the Lightroom Preset Modifying, the method of making HDR pictures turns into extra streamlined and fewer time-consuming.