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HDR Photography Level 1
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6 Hours - 7 Modules - 68 Segments - Fee $80
  HDR PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 1 - Beginner Level Course


High-dynamic-range is a fascinating area of photography. With a few simple camera techniques and some understanding of the software possibilities, it is possible to get astonishing results. This course will quickly get you creating amazing images.

About the course

High-dynamic-range photography is a special technique used in photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of light than is possible with standard digital imaging or photographic techniques.

Essentially the camera needs to be forced to capture much more light than it normally can, and this is done through the use of exposure bracketing.

While it is possible for software process to get away with a single photo, the ideal is a minimum of 3 images, with many experienced HDR shooters preferring 5. The reason for shooting so many shots, is that the human eye is much more sensitive than any single image. With around 20 stops of dynamic range, the eye beats the a single photograph by nearly 200%. So to approximate what the human eye sees, we need to shoot more images.


Learn key camera techniques

In this online course you will also learn how to research and identify special locations that are likely to result in great HDR shots. You will also learn the professional photographer’s tips and techniques on how to set the camera up to ensure you get properly exposure bracketed shots, even if your camera doesn't have Auto Exposure Bracketing. The tutor will show you how to use many of the techniques he applies to his own HDR Photography.

In this special online course you will also learn about how to create stunning black and whites in HDR, something most users of HDR are simply not aware of.

Learn great post processing tips in the computer 

No great HDR shot is complete without a little bit of post-processing in the computer afterwards. In this unique workshop you will learn key techniques when creating and manipulating HDR files in Photomatix, including control of the excessive noise that is a feature of the HDR process. You will also learn important tips for further processing in Photoshop/Elements. Among other things, Dave will show you how to use Photomatix, considered to be the best software for converting to HDR. Our recommendation is to try the Pro version, with also comes with a plug-in for Lightroom.

Topics covered 

During this unique online course you will learn key elements of HDR photography including:

  • Research and identify great HDR locations
  • Take control of the key camera settings for HDR including Auto Exposure Bracketing using continuous shooting to minimise the time lag between shots (important in limiting cloud movement) 
  • Use and manipulate Raw files to control key exposure and white balance settings
  • Control Chromatic Aberration (the red and purple fringing that occurs with many wide angle lenses)
  • Use Photomatix HDR software (free trials available) 
  • Use masks and layers in Photoshop/Elements to bring out all the important detail in your shots
  • Use special distortion correction tricks to minimise converging parallels on tall buildings
  • Use Noise reduction to control the excessive noise that HDR introduces to your shots

Full color, Illustrated PDF Tutorial Notes

Full color, illustrated PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of our courses. Because lectures tend to have an effect which lasts only a short while, particularly if no notes are given out, we believe our handouts are the key to making your newly gained knowledge much more long-lasting. As part of that philosophy, you will receive detailed notes covering the whole course that will both aid learning both while on the course and in the weeks and months afterwards. These will be made available to you for immediate download once the course is purchased.

This course is made up of Modules and Segments

This course is made up of various modules, each of which has a number of video segments that set out to explain individual elements of the main topic.

Understanding Modules

Every module is designed to stand on its own, covering the overall topic that the title of the module suggests, but it may benefit from the modules that come before it. Whether it is possible to watch modules out of sequence depends on your own previous experience with this topic.

Understanding Segments

Each module has a number of video segments, each of which correspond to a particular page in every set of tutorial notes. These segments concentrate on a specific topic relevant to that particular module. They are also great for quick recaps at a later stage. Spacer

MODULE 1 Overview: Setting The Camera Up
Segment 01 Use A Tripod And Consider ND Grads
Segment 02 Take 5 Bracketed Exposures, 2 Stops Apart
Segment 03 Use A Pre-Set White Balance, Not Auto
Segment 04 See If You Can Change The Exposure Sequence
MODULE 2 Overview: HDR Processing Techniques
Segment 01 Correct Chromatic Aberrations First
Segment 02 Launch Photomatix And Load Your 5 Exposures
Segment 03 Click And Drag Works Also
Segment 04 Choose How You Want Photomatix To Help You
Segment 05 Choose The Area To Be Selectively De-Ghosted
Segment 06 Try The Various Presets, Then Try The Settings Below
Segment 07 Save Settings You Like As A ‘Preset’
Segment 08 Photomatix Can Be Used On Single Photos As Well
Segment 09 Use The Same Quality Settings
Segment 10 Save The Bracketed Or Single File
Segment 11 Single Exposure And 5 Exposure Comparison
MODULE 3 Overview: Noise Reduction Techniques
Segment 01 Reduce Noise In ACR, Lightroom Or Special Software
Segment 02 Opening Jpeg Or Tiff Files In Adobe Camera Raw
MODULE 4 Where to from here?
Course Tutor: Dave McKane
Course Tutor: Dave McKane

The tutor for this course is a fine art photographer, Dave McKane. Over the years, he has owned and used over 30 cameras, covering all of the major brands. He is well versed in almost every camera available on the market today. Dave started teaching photography in 1985, and set up the Institute of Photography in 2005 (now the IOP-Online), since then, he has taught over 20,000 students. He has also been the lead trainer for both Canon and Nikon.

Dave has vast experience in the field of using photography as a creative expressive medium. He has held multiple exhibitions of his own photography, mainly in the United States.

Dave graduated with honors from a 3 Year Photography Course in Dublin, Ireland, in 1985, and has over 35 years of experience in creative photography. He received his first film SLR in 1982 and has owned many darkrooms. Dave was early to adopt the use of a scanner (1989), Photoshop (1993), his first digital camera (2002), and Lightroom (2007).

His favorite saying? "It depends..."

Dave believes that there is only one answer to every question in photography. When he is asked what lens to get, "it depends"; the best flash; best camera; best tripod. He feels he is not being trite with this answer, simply because there is no "best." With flash, for example, a good one might not be available for your camera, so he needs to know the camera first. With lenses, he needs to understand what your budget is.

Dave's work can be seen in the following places: Website | Facebook | Flickr | Instagram | Twitter
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Course Code HDR1-O
Modules 3 Modules/15 Segments
Learning Hours 6 Hours
Course Fee $80
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