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When I first saw HDR (high dynamic range) photos, I was amazed.
But when I figured out how to create them, I was less enthusiastic. It was a bit too complicated to do all the time.
Gary Crabbe, a California-based landscape photographer, showed me the solution to this a few weeks ago when I chatted with him at an event.
Gary explained to me that the dynamic range on a lot of the DSLRs like the Nikon D800 or the D810 were so good as to allow you to simply move 2 sliders in Lightroom to create almost HDR-like images.
They’re not quite the same quality and you do have to up the contrast to compensate a bit, but it’s a quick and easy way to shoot things like sunsets, which are always tough because the brighter sky gets blown out to a white color losing that gorgeous sunset glow and then the foreground turns into a dark mess.
So, let me show you what I managed to do in Lightroom with some sunset shots I took at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in California last weekend.
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