HDR Photo Editing: Perfecting Light and Detail | Learn with macphun

Matt Suess, Fine Art Photographer

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10 Videos (43m)
    • Introduction

    • HDR Editing Basics: Presets

    • Adding Your Personal Style

    • Working with Layers

    • Snapheal Mini Lesson

    • Ghost Reduction and Lighting

    • Selective Editing: Painting the Detail

    • The HDR Look in a Single Exposure

    • Conclusion

    • Explore Photo Classes on Skillshare


About This Class

Ready to take your HDR skills to the next level? Join photographer Matt Suess as he walks through his editing process for crafting artistic, high-contrast photos that jump off the screen!

This 45-minute class uses step-by-step screencasts to show techniques and tricks, including:

  • Editing with layers to "paint in" detail
  • Ghost reduction (i.e. a fix when images don't merge perfectly)
  • Creating the HDR effect with a single exposure
  • Quickly removing unwanted objects with Snapheal

Throughout the lessons, Matt works in Macphun's Aurora HDR software (free trial here) while sharing tips applicable to all photo editing.

This class is ideal for those seeking an intermediate, in-depth look at HDR post-processing. It's a follow up to Matt's first Skillshare class on the basics: Intro to HDR Photography: Shooting and Editing.

By the end, you'll have a strong understanding of how to process your own HDR photographs — and be ready to share them for feedback with the class community.



What is HDR? Cameras can't always capture the full tonal range of an image, from the brightest brights to the darkest darks. That's where HDR (high dynamic range) photography comes in: a special technique to help you capture as much detail in your highlights as in your shadows, creating vivid imagery in otherwise tricky-to-photograph scenes. For more background, be sure to check out Matt's first class.


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Excellent class! It's concise and to the point, no fluff. There is enough information, but not too much. It's obvious Matt really knows this program, and I really like his down to earth style as an instructor. Aurora HDR is a great program. If you want to get up to speed quickly with it I highly recommend this class. I've had Aurora since version 1, but haven't done much with it even though I have watched other tutorial videos. But this class, and Matt's HDR photography course, have really inspired me to go out and shoot some bracketed photos and get to work with Aurora. If it wasn't night time here and dark already I would be grabbing my camera gear and heading out the door right now :)
This is the way a course should be done. Good examples, step by step explanation, and clarity of purpose. I learned much more from this course than I would have struggling through the documentation.





Matt Suess

Fine Art Photographer

A professional photographer for 26 years, Matt Suess has established himself as one of the leading fine art landscape photographers and photo workshop teachers in the Southwest, if not the US. Specializing in large panoramic photographs - some spanning 12 feet - full of bright bold colors, contrast, and detail printed on aluminum, Matt has obtained collectors worldwide.

He has exhibited in 8 states out west at such heavily juried shows as La Quinta, Utah Arts Festival, Jackson Hole Art...

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