High Dynamic Range, HDR, images are coveted not only because they add drama to your images but also because they can be used to recover overblown details. HDR images are created by combining the lightest and darkest parts of images to create a new image with an overall rich dynamic range and clarity. Back in the day, you would need to buy a plug-in if you wanted to get a high-quality HDR. But now, you can get the Lightroom HDR Merge feature in Lightroom 6 or Lightroom CC. You can still use the popular plug-ins, Photomatix, and HDR Efex Pro but the advantage of using this is that you get it for free with Lightroom and it creates natural-looking images.
Getting Started with Lightroom HDR Merge
Photos Needed for an HDR Image
How to use Lightroom HDR Merge
Let us now see how these images can be used in order to create an HDR image.
The first step just involved selecting all the images that you need to merge. It can be done by pressing Ctrl or Command and then clicking on the images.
Photo edited in Lightroom.
As you can see, using Lightroom HDR Merge is pretty straightforward. This is the only step in which you would have to do something so pay attention. When you merge images, some areas might result in semi-transparency but not to worry. A deghosting option can easily cure it.
Low can be used if there is very little movement from frame to frame. Try using this first and then move onwards if it does not work.
Similarly, Medium helps if there is more movement than low but not too much. If there is too much movement, then you can use High.
The best part is that these options are also present in the preview dialog box of Lightroom HDR Merge so you do not have to go anywhere else.
This is the last step and now you know how to use Lightroom HDR Merge. You just click on Merge and Lightroom will create the HDR image and place it in your catalog.
Conclusion - Lightroom HDR Merge
In summary, Lightroom HDR Merge is a great feature but it would be better if it allowed some more control over the process. Let’s hope for some additions in it, till then, it is better to have something than nothing.
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