HDR Photo Editing: Perfecting Light and Detail

Matt Suess, Fine Art Photographer

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9 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


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.


© Matt Suess Photography

115 of 117 students recommendSee All

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.
This class helped get me started with HDR. A good foundation class.
Good and helpful class, despite the fact that it is short.





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 Festival, Indio Arts Festival, and the Crested Butte Art Festival. His main exhibition each year is the prestigious 10-week Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale where he has been showing and selling his fine art photography for the past 3 years.

He is also an accomplished photography educator, teaching via online classes, one-on-one instruction, and field and classroom workshops in some of the most beautiful and dramatic locations in the West.

Matt currently spends his winters in Scottsdale, Arizona and summers in Bozeman, Montana.

You can view his workshop schedule here. To view more of his photography you can visit here.