12-05-2011 HDR In 1 minute using Lightroom and 1 photo
This is the image I'll be using for this tutorial. You can use pretty much any image you like, however I've always liked the colorful HDR effect on landscapes and such. Before
Step 1 You should be using a RAW image as always. If you're not using RAW I'm not sure how this technique will look/work.. fyi. Open your image in Lightroom and make sure your on the "Develop" page. Create a virtual copy of your shot. Do this by right clicking or apple clicking on the image thumbnail and selecting "create virtual copy" I like to do this so I can have a quick before and after reference.
Step 2 Lower your exposure on the image down about 1-2stops. For my image all I needed was about 1 stop.
Step 3 Increase the "Fill Light" quite a bit, you can play around with this setting to get the result just right. The desired effect is to bring out as much detail in the shadows as you can. For my image I needed a fill light of 50
Step 4 Increase the vibrance and saturation by about 20-30 for each. Again, you can adjust this to your liking. I like a lot of color ;)
Step 5 Increase the Lights a little bit (just under the Tone Curve heading) I generally bump all of my lights up 10-20 on my edits.
And your done! Check you work and see the difference between the 2 images. It's not a TRUE HDR .. but it is pretty effective and you do get some nice results. It also saves A LOT of time. Since working with HDR can be quite time consuming due to all the exposures your working with and combining together. After