Scroll through the list of tutorials at your leisure.  Here on Everyday HDR I try to create helpful tutorials for all of your photography needs from beginner tips to HDR post processing techniques.  Visit frequently as this list is ever changing, constantly evolving to fulfill the needs of the Everyday HDR photographer!  My tutorials are extremely important to me, if you have any constructive criticism, please leave me a comment and I will do everything in my power to ensure you get the essential training you need!

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If You Have No Idea What HDR Is… Start Here:

  1. How To HDR!
  2. A Few HDR Shooting Tips

Beginner Tutorials

  1. Layer Control In Photoshop  !NEW!
  2. Photomatix Pro 5.0 Tutorial
  3. How to Rescue an Underexposed Photo in Adobe Camera Raw 
  4. How to Save For Printing In Photoshop 
  5. The Clone Stamp Tool
  6. RAW versus JPEG…. The Importance of RAW
  7. Halos and HDR Episode 1: Avoiding Them Altogether! 
  8. Halos and HDR Episode 2: Fixing them in Photoshop
  9. Halos and HDR Episode 3: Avoiding them in Nik HDR Efex Pro II 
  10. Black and White Conversions in Photoshop
  11. Beginner’s Guide: F/stops, EV’s and ISO’s 
  12. Beginner’s Guide: Composition
  13. Beginner’s Photomatix Tutorial
  14. Beginner’s Post Processing Methods
  15. Camera Raw 7.0 HDR Effect
  16. HDR Shooting and the Exposure Compensation Button
  17. Creating Multiple Exposures From a Single File (Photoshop CS 5)
  18. Speed Light Macro Photography
  19. Effective Cataloging of HDR Exposures
  20. Barebones Compositing Tutorial

HDR Post Processing

  1. The Secret to Better HDR Photographs: Contrast !NEW!
  2. Camera Raw: The Adjustment Brush 
  3. Grayscale Dodge and Burn Technique
  4. How to Make Vignettes In Photoshop CS 6
  5. Better Snow HDR Images
  6. Camera RAW HDR Post Processing
  7. Controlling Saturation in Your HDR images
  8. Fixing Chromatic Aberrations with the Saturation Adjustment Layer
  9. 32 Bit HDR Workflow Using Photoshop CS 6′s Merge To HDR Pro
  10. 32 Bit HDR Workflow Using Photoshop CC 
  11. 32 Bit HDR Workflow Using Photomatix Pro and Adobe Camera Raw
  12. 3 HDR Pet Peeves of Mine and How to Fix Them!
  13. HDR Noise Reduction With DeNoise 5 and CS5′s Blur Tool
  14. Topaz Adjust 5 High Pass Sharpen Technique 
  15. HDR Post Processing Tutorial
  16.  The Curves Adjustment Layer
  17. Chromatic Abberation and Color Noise Reduction
  18. Black and White and HDR
  19. Fixing Shadow Noise and Highlight Blowouts
  20. Dual Processing HDR Image
  21. Dodging and Burning
  22. Fixing HDR Night Skies Using Photoshop CS 5
  23. HDR Noise Reduction
  24. More Dynamic HDR

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Creative Effects

  1. Selective Focus and Saturation !NEW!
  2. Contrast Boost Using Black and White Layer
  3. How to Make Highlight Ray Blowouts in Photoshop  
  4. How to Add A Lens Flare in Photoshop Non-destructively
  5. Cross Processing Using Topaz Adjust 5 
  6. Make A Window 
  7. Cyanotypes 
  8. Creative Camera Raw Episode 1: Cross Processing
  9. Creative Camera Raw Episode 2: Black and White
  10. Creative Camera Raw Episode 3: Faking Neutral Density
  11. Double Processing In Adobe Camera Raw 
  12. HDR Tone Map High Pass Layer
  13. PS CS5:Selective Focusing
  14. Selective Color Using Layer Masks
  15. Adding Borders in Photoshop CS 5
  16. Adding Texture To Photographs
  17. High Pass Texturing
  18. Old Photograph Effect
  19. Cross Processed Photoshop Effect
  20. Extreme Soft Light Effect
  21. Dreamscape Effect
  22. Graphic Novel Effect
  23. The Old Polaroid Effect
  24. Making of a Polaroid EverydayHDR Style!

Cool Photoshop Tricks

  1. Fixing Extreme Wide Angle Distortion with the Warp Tool !NEW!
  2. Working with Text in Photoshop 
  3. Masks and Clipping Masks Made Easy 
  4. How to Make Classy Watermarks in Photoshop
  5. Making a Transparent Background in PS (PNG File)
  6. How to Fix Extreme Wide Angle Shots in Photoshop
  7. How To Straighten Images With Photoshop CS 6
  8. Dynamic Brushes In Photoshop
  9. Adjustments Window Presets
  10. Adding Images To Text
  11. High Pass Sharpening
  12. Painting With Adjustment Layers
  13. Panoramic Stitching In Photoshop
  14. Cool Tips, Crazy Tricks Volume One
  15. Actions In Photoshop, Automated Editing?
  16. Non-Destructive Editing
  17. Making Your Own Brushes
  18. Auto Aligning Layers
  19. Fixing Dust Blemishes With Photoshop CS 5
  20. The History Brush
  21. Batch Processing
  22. High Pass Sandwhiching
  23. Combination of: Saturation, Texturing, Vignetting

Software Tutorials

  1. Photomatix Pro Pink Screen of Death Fix 
  2. Topaz ReStyle Tutorial 
  3. The 4 Step Creative HDR Process (Using Topaz Products)
  4. Topaz Lens Effects Tutorial 
  5. Topaz Clarity Tutorial 
  6. Topaz Labs, Black and White Eefects 2 Walkthrough
  7. Topaz Detail 3 Tutorial
  8. photoFXlab Tutorial (by Topaz Labs)
  9. Photoshop CS 6 Beta: Iris Blur and Oil Paint
  10. Photoshop CS 6: Lens Distortion Correction & More
  11. Photomatix Tutorial: Good HDR and Fixing Clouds
  12. Topaz Adjust 5 Tutorial
  13.  Tiffen DFX Preview
  14. Pseudo HDR With Camera Raw and Topaz Adjust
  15. Oloneo PhotoEngine Tutorial
  16. Windows Movie Maker for Photographer’s
  17. Using the Gamma Slider In Photomatix
  18. Photomatix Tutorial: Selective De-Ghosting

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Quick Tips

  1. 7 Tips for Awesome Lightning Photographs 
  2. A Vignette of a Different Color
  3. Auto Align Layers
  4. 5 HDR Tone Mapping Tips: Photomatix
  5. 5 Post Processing Tips For HDR: Photoshop CS 5
  6. Hiding Layers Quickly
  7. White Balance Make Over
  8. HDR Noise Reduction (Using Only Photoshop CS 5 Filters)
  9. Selective De-saturation


  1. D.I.Y Macro Extension Tube
  2. Protecting Your Camera in the Rain






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  1. Lila McClellan

    Very informative website about HDR. I downloaded the action for plus and minus stops of exposure for pusedo braketing on raw images, but I receved a message that it couldn’t work with photoshop elelments. Would you create an action for all of us photoshop elelments users? The last versions (9 and 10) have pretty good action players.

    1. Blake Rudis

      Unfortunately I know nothing about PS Elements. I will have to remedy that.

  2. Nick Rolfe

    Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for this site – I’m a happy Nikonovice, started with a D3000 3 years ago & now loving my D5100. I always wanted to get into HDR but NO-ONE out there explains not only the processing but the post-processing in such a straightforward, easy to pick up & replicate manner. This is no small achievement. I’m just waiting to buy a sigma 10-20 to really get going with my tests, but I’ll be back, and often!

    1. Blake Rudis

      No problem Nick. I know starting out in this HDR thing can be tough. I try to make it as easy as possible for anyone interested. I appreciate your positive feedback.

  3. Mike Rogers

    Blake – I caught your webinar today for Topaz Labs, Improving Your Workflow Using Actions. Great presentation – should really help cut my repetative action times when processing similar images! I also checked out several of your tutorials on your website that relate to some of the common HDR processing nightmares shadows, hightlights, noise control, etc. Very helpful – thanks for taking the time to create and share these.

    Have you ever tackled the issue with odd results when using Photomatix Pro 4.1 on images with very saturated colors? I primarily do automotive photography where highly saturated colors are a major porting of the image. Many times images with lots of reds or yellow will end up with highly contrasting tones in an area that is all one color / tone in the original file. Its almost as if there is a heavy gray layer laid over portions of the colors. This typically occurs when I’m trying to push the tone mapping to pick up more detail contrast. The only fix in Photomatix that I’ve found is to soften up my tone mapping settings and smooth out the processing until the colors blend properly. I can send some before and after images to show what I’m struggling with if needed.

    1. Blake Rudis

      Awesome Mike, I am glad you could attend the Webinar. They put out some great programs, Topaz does.

      I can see your frustration, but what you are doing is really pushing the tone mapping limitations. IT can only do so much before the tones are overly compressed. I would suggest tone mapping the image twice. Once for the colors and once for the details. You can take them into Photoshop later and overlay them with masks. Keep the best of both worlds. I hope that helps.

      Take care, Mike!

  4. Ron Mitchell

    I request that you or an associate look into helping the “Elements” users in general, and help us do some of the steps you offer to in the editing space, since we don’t have the brush tools available in ACR and other major ideas you offer. Short-cut keys are always useful as well !

    Thanks !!

    1. Blake Rudis

      I can look into it. I have yet to use Elements, but lately there have been several requests. I will look into it.

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