How to process HDR images in Lightroom

How to process HDR images in Lightroom Classic

Learn how to process HDR images in Lightroom Classic for natural results. HDR photography is a contentious subject because many photographers process images poorly resulting in mushy mid-tones and halos along high contrast subject edges. But this approach is so natural-looking it’s almost impossible to tell that the technique has been used.

Here are the three bracketed exposures taken at the middle exposure for correctly exposed mid-tones, a shot that’s two stops underexposed and a third that’s two stops overexposed. Once these exposures are combined into a single image, we’ll have s single shot with detail visible in all parts of the scene from the shadows all the way through to the highlights. All we need to do is reveal that detail during processing.

Bracketed HDR exposures

How to process HDR images in Lightroom Classic

HDR before & after processing

How to process HDR images in Lightroom Classic for natural-looking results before & after


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