The 10 Steps Every HDR Photographer Goes Through

Step 1: OMG HDR is the Best. Thing. Ever.

I remember this stage well. HDR is revolutionary to new photographers and those who need something fresh to awaken their senses again. It’s a way to set your images apart from the rest. To create something that not everyone else can. When I saw my first HDR image in a random Google search I was hooked. Then I discovered Trey Ratcliff and his site Stuck In Customs. I started using Photomatix and as the Fresh Prince would say, “My life got flip turned upside down.” I went through the HDR tutorial, started shooting brackets instead of single frames, and I started seeing everything anew. I could shoot in broad, harsh daylight. I could shoot mundane things and make them look exciting and unique. I could do anything. The haloed and over saturated sky was the limit!

Step 2: I am an HDR Photographer. Screw Everything Else.

Now it’s time to jump in head over heels. Look at this group of people! HDR. Look at my cat! HDR. Sure I’ll shoot your wedding. In HDR! Hey, a brick wall on an overcast day! 15-bracket HDR processed in Photomatix, Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz, Nik, onOne then back to Photoshop and back to Lightroom. This is an exciting stage because really anything is possible now. Once you put about 500 hours into Photomatix you will start to develop your style that you feel is all your own. And your style will be pushing your images past where they should ever go. And it will be awesome. Your mom will agree.


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