Tone Mapping Meets Painting

Recently on HDR Insider I showed a full length workflow tutorial on how to make a great HDR image from a single exposure.  More often than not, we get way in over our heads with HDR processing that we forget that sometimes all you need is a single exposure to make an HDR work of art.

During the Insider tutorial I showed a pretty cool technique that I stumbled upon during the recording.  You can paint-in HDR elements in your image with Adobe Camera Raw (I am using CC, this should also work in CS6).  Yep, that’s correct, you can paint in the areas you want to look “HDR” in your image with some selective tone mapping in ACR.  It requires the use of the adjustment brush and the finessing of the masks within it.  This is such a powerful technique that I know I will use time and time again.


 

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Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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