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Project 365 Tip! HDR imaging! If you have an Instagram account there is every chance you’ll have seen photographs that have been given a HDR effect (that stands for High Dynamic Range). This effect is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is mine! That said, I think it is only suited to certain types of photographs.

What is HDR? Well, Wiki gives you a techy explanation, one which I actually switched off from :P But in short, the effect aims to give a more dynamic range of lights and darks in a photograph. The proper way of doing this is by taking three images of the subject with different exposures and then creating the final image in editing software. However, there are apps for that! (As well as tweaks you can make to one photograph in post production to take all that work out of the equation.)

I mentioned that I think only certain types of photographs suit HDR, one of those is buildings…so when I was at a work meeting today I took a picture of this pub – The George in east London – with my iPhone5. I then used an app called Camera+ to add the effect. Another app that I have used is one called Dynamic Light. I generally tend to use the HDR effect on my iPhone photographs rather than when I take photographs with my Panasonic Lumix camera; however, I have learned from various techniques online and created a Photoshop Action that gets pretty close to the effect that Camera+ gives me. I’ve made it available to download so that you can give it a go yourself. You will need to have Photoshop and know how to install and run an action. You may also need to do some tweaks as you see fit to the brightness and contrast. If you continue to read through this post I’ve added the original and Photoshopped image as well so you can compare all three. Click here for more ideas and tips for Project 365.

Project 365 : 2014 - Day 13

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Only by trying different techniques and filters will you find the ones you love and the ones you loath! For me, HDR is one that I do love and it’s taken me a while to know which images to play about with and which ones to leave well alone! I think the processed shot is much nicer to look at!

Download the Photoshop HDR Action

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