Faux HDR

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Landscape / Seascape / Travel
Restaurant Boat

Restaurant Boat

This is the outcome of some experimenting with a faux High Dynamic Range (HDR) technique.

The shot is from the river bay at Seixal, Portugal. The larger boat is actually a restaurant that I’ve tried a couple of times. You have to mind the tides though; once I went during low tide and the table was tilted. But no worries, the tide started to raise and by dessert everything was levelled 😉

So, back to the technique. In post processing, using Lightroom or some similar software the faux HDR relies on the following:

♦ Setting the Highlights leaver all the way to the left (darker);
♦ The Shadows control goes all the way to the right (lighter side);
♦ Finally, you bring the Clarity to its maximum, towards the right (dark side).

These 3 steps are the cornerstone of the technique. If at this point and from one’s perspective the result is not an absolute rubbish, I’ll say it’s safe to carry on with more adjustments as per personal style.

This is it I guess. How about giving it a go and providing me with feedback? That would be great !…

Thanks 🙂

The Author

Ordinary office buffoon or, alternately, rock'n'roll soul trapped in a IT project manager body. When not fighting to deliver on time, on budget and on specification, will be chilling out with wife and daughter, enjoying a good meal accompanied with a nice wine or using his sense of aesthetic and photography training to snap some shots. And so here we are...

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