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How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

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Capturing an HDR Image

Jared Platt

How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Jared Platt

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7. Capturing an HDR Image
What does it mean to shoot in HDR, how do you capture an HDR photo, and how will Lightroom handle an HDR image?


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1 Introduction Duration:01:02
2 Finding the Light Duration:01:12
3 Crafting Composition Duration:00:49
4 Histogram and Spot Metering Duration:01:50
6 Taking the Shot Duration:02:12
7 Capturing an HDR Image Duration:02:23

Lesson Info

Capturing an HDR Image

Since I have the luxury of time, I'm on a tripod and I'm shooting a beautiful landscape. I wanna make sure that I have the best possible data, and so I'm gonna go and take an HDR photograph. HDR stands for high dynamic range. You've probably heard of it. It's very easy to do. Most cameras actually have an HDR mode, even your phone has an HDR mode. However, your camera is going to take a very, very beautiful set of three or more images, and they're gonna bracket. You're going to take one that's underexposed, one that's correctly exposed and one that's overexposed. So, the other overexposed image is going to give you better detail in the shadows. And the underexposed image is gonna give you better information in the highlights or the sky. So I'm gonna go into my camera's HDR mode. So I just simply click here. I'm just gonna go over to the HDR option, and I can choose different levels of HDR. I can choose an auto, or I can tell it to overexpose and underexpose by one stop or two stops or ...

three stops. And it always depends on what the lighting conditions are. So in my case, I'm just gonna tell it to go two stops above, two stops below. That's gonna give me plenty of information. And I'm gonna stay right where I was exposed before, and now it's going to shoot three shots in rapid succession. One's underexposed, one's normal, one's overexposed. Let's do that now. Done. So, my HDR has been taken. It's actually gonna compile it into a JPEG on here so I can see what it looks like, but we're gonna actually do the real composite inside of lightroom later, 'cause the computer will do a much better job than the camera will. So, with a beautiful regular image and one HDR, I have completely captured this image, and I'm absolutely certain that I have great focus, I have great composition, I have great exposure inside of my images that I've captured on the camera, so now I get to go in and choose the absolute best version of that when I'm back in lightroom, and then we'll make the magic really happen once we start doing post-production on this image.

Class Description


  • Understand how to use your camera in manual mode
  • Observe your setting, time of day, and whether to apply appropriate settings on your camera
  • Shoot and edit images in HDR
  • Make quick adjustments to take your photos from good to great
  • Navigate within and between Lightroom and Photoshop with ease


Nature photography can be awe striking - a seemingly impossible combination of serendipity, expensive gear, and finesse. However, you don’t need to have to be Guy Tal, Gary Hart, Frans Lanting or a National Geographic photographer to capture beautiful images in the natural world.

In How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, professional photographer and educator Jared Platt gives you a jumpstart into the world of outdoor photography. In practical and focused lessons, Jared takes you on location to shoot in natural light and back into the studio to learn simple adjustments and tricks to make your images truly stand out.


  • Beginners
  • Photography enthusiast
  • People who want to take better pictures on their travels


Adobe Photoshop CC 2019, Adobe Lightroom CC 2019


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subjects of photography and workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post-production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


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