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  HDR PHOTOGRAPHY LEVEL 1 - Beginner Level Course

About This 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.

In this special 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 does not have Auto Exposure Bracketing.

This course will quickly get you creating these kinds of amazing images.

What kind of student takes this course?

The ideal student for this course is looking to gently ease themselves into using some key techniques and buttons that will help them improve all of their HDR photographs. This course assumes that you have been attempting Program and Aperture Priority Modes, but not necessarily understanding why some effects work, and some do not. Our goal will be to connect the various dots you already have while showing you some simple, yet key HDR techniques.

What past experience is needed?

Most students of this course will have only been using Auto or Program Mode up to this point. You might have been testing out Aperture Priory Mode with mixed success. The course does not require any prior knowledge of cameras or computers, and does not go into advanced modes such as Manual Mode.

HDR Photogrpahy Level 1 - Learn how to capture & process stunning HDR images  
Learn how to capture & process stunning HDR images

Recommended Equipment

To get the most out of this course your camera needs to have Aperture and Shutter Priority modes, ideally an SLR or Mirrorless camera (see here for information on the different types of camera).

The course is also suitable for Bridge Cameras and high end Compact/Point & Shoot Cameras, as long as they have Aperture Priority Mode (A or Av).

If you wish to get the most out of the Software section, you will need to have the latest version of Photomatix Pro. A free trial version of Photomatix Pro is available for download at this link).

You will also need any version of Photoshop (or Photoshop Elements) installed on your desktop or laptop computer. A free 30-day trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements is available for download from this link.

Learn key camera techniques

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.

This technique can reproduce a greater dynamic range of light than is possible with standard digital imaging or photographic techniques. For this to happen, 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.

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, we 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.

  HDR Photogrpahy Level 1 - Learn how to process amazing b&w HDR images
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Using Photoshop, and Photoshop Elements, this course covers many simple techniques that you can quickly use to enhance any HDR image. This is also an ideal time to try using Raw Images, as the techniques are much the same as they are for Jpegs, but the quality is usually immeasurably higher, particularly in tricky lighting conditions.

In this special 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.

A free trial version of Photomatix Pro is available for download at this link).
A free 30-day trial of Adobe Photoshop Elements is available for download from this link.


At the end of the course, you will be well-prepared to take better shots in most HDR Photography situations. This special HDR Photography course is designed to show you how to take great shots in every outdoor location, and does so with a completely new approach to photography training. Specific tips about locations are given, including direction as to the best kinds of locations.

All you will need to do after this great course, is get out and shoot!


This course sets weekly assignments, each one based on the content of that class (course content here). All images are then gently critiqued at the start of the next lesson. We even set a simple assignment for week one that you can present at the opening class, just to help get you started.

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Sample page from the Tutorial Notes (Click for larger image)  
Sample page from the Tutorial Notes
(Click for larger image)


Probably the most valuable thing while learning photography is to receive gentle and supportive critiquing of your images. Our critiquing covers composition, processing tips, prompts for what works well, and suggestions for resolving things that do not.

It is also incredibly helpful to be able to see what others have done with the same assignment that you received. We can also learn to see through the eyes of others.

This course provides both of these learning supports.


In-depth PDF tutorial notes which are carefully worded and appropriately illustrated are an integral part of all of our courses. Lectures of all kinds tend to have an effect that lasts only a short while, particularly if notes are not supplied. 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 aid learning while on the course, and in the weeks and months afterward.

We send the notes out for each week's class just after the previous one has finished (in other words, the notes for week 2 are sent to you immediately after week 1's class has ended. We do this so that you have something to look forward to each week, and as a way to keep the notes fresh.

For the final week, each student receives the full set of tutorial notes, over 100 pages in total.

  HDR Photogrpahy Level 1 - Learn how to set you camera up for great HDR shots
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Course structure

This length of this course is 3 weeks (dates here), and there is 1 class per week, on the same day, and at the same time. Classes last 90 minutes each, and build to 4.5 hours of total learning.

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Class structure

Each class goes like this:

  • Students enter waiting room from 10 minutes before class starts
  • Class opened 5 minutes before start time
  • Q&A on the previous weeks topic (except for first week)
  • Critiquing of the assignment based on that lesson, including the first week (the assignment is sent to you 1 week before the first class)
  • We then discuss the module for that week (course content here)
  • At the end of each class we remind you of the assignments for the following week (which are always based based on the class module)


This course is delivered through Live Web Learning, where we bring a real classroom right into your home. Our state of the art TV Studio lets us interact with you in real-time. We utilize a High Def 3 camera feed to more easily show critical aspects of the essential techniques that our courses cover. This means we can quickly show you a close up of a camera button, then switch to the computer showing images that illustrate the benefit of that button.

The platform we use for our Live Webinars is from Zoom. Their free app works on all phones and tablets, as well as Apple Mac's and Windows PC's. You can download Zoom for your particular device at this link.

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All of our Live Web Classes are recorded and uploaded to a secure Only registered students have access to the Playlist. The recordings are great for reviewing each class, but also vital for those who missed it. The link for each recording is made available the morning after each class. Please note: it is the tutor who appears in the videos, not the participants; only the voices of the students are in the recording, and individuals are never identified.

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While you can always watch a class you miss using our recorded classes option, you are still welcome to pick up a missed week on a future course (courses run multiple times per year). This is particularly helpful in courses where photo assignments are handed out. Photo critiques are, by their nature, very personal, so it can be valuable to get that live feedback on your images.


Participants of this course are welcome to join our exclusive Facebook Group, where students new and old regularly chime in with answers to your photography issues. You will also gain access to our treasure trove of pre-recorded photography hints and tips, many of which cannot be viewed by the general public.

Certificate at the end of the course
Spacer At the end of the course, you will be awarded this Certificate in
HDR Photography 101


A signed Certificate of Completion is awarded at the end of the course.


First and foremost, we believe there are no stupid questions, just questions about things you do not understand. On our courses, you will never be made to feel silly for seeking answers or clarification, that is what you pay us for.

All of our courses are designed around common photography scenarios, either ones that you regularly find yourself in, or would like to find yourself in. Our teaching methodology is designed to show you how to take better pictures in every one of them. The content of all of our courses is developed to build on the previous week's tips. This approach allows you quickly and confidently to understand how to improve every photo you take.

We teach each of our courses in such a way that the knowledge you pick up every week can be easily spread into other areas of image taking. Photography, at its core, is about shutters, apertures, and ISO, but it is HOW you bring these together for each individual shot that matters.


If you have any queries about this or any other of our courses, please pop an email to

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Every LIVE course comes with the following benefits:
-Live Interaction-
A live classroom in your own home!
-Live Critique-
Weekly assignments critiqued in class
Each class is downloadable after
-All Devices-
Desktop, laptop
& smart devices
-Free Tips-
Even after
course is over
Week 1: Setting The Camera Up
Use A Tripod And Consider ND Grads Use A Pre-set White Balance, Not Auto
Take 5 Bracketed Exposures, 2 Stops Apart See If You Can Change The Exposure Sequence
Week 2: HDR Processing Techniques
Correct Chromatic Aberrations First Save Settings You Like As A 'Preset'
Launch Photomatix And Load Your 5 Exposures Photomatix Can Be Used On Single Photos As Well
Click And Drag Works Also Use The Same Quality Settings
Choose How You Want Photomatix To Help You Save The Bracketed Or Single File
Choose The Area To Be Selectively De-Ghosted Single Exposure And 5 Exposure Comparison
Try The Various Presets, Then Try The Settings Below  
Week 3: Image Editing Noise Reduction Techniques
Reduce Noise In ACR, Lightroom Or Special Software Merging HDR And Original Images
Opening Jpeg Or Tiff Files In Adobe Camera Raw Using Layer Blend Modes
Black & White Conversion Techniques  

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Live Web Course - Training delivered live over the web
Code HDR1-L
Course Length 3 Weeks
Classes per week 1 Class per Week
Class Length 1.5 Hours
Total Hours 4.5 Hours
Course Times USA
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Fee $85 | €75 | £67
Next Start Date SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER, 2020 (Ends Sunday 11 October, 2020)
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