Combining Bracketed Photos in Lightroom + a Comparison of RAW vs Bracketed Photo
In this lesson, I'm going to show you how to work with bracketed photos, how to combine them in lightroom. So this is an example of that. The kitchen 12 and three and what's cool is with the info on you can see the settings that my camera chose to shoot this bracketed photo at or photos. So this was the settings. Uh For some reason, it says f 1.0 I think that's because I was on my manual uh lens which didn't connect to my camera. So I had my F eight manually, but it does record the shutter speed, which is the longest, was one third of a second, the shortest uh rather was one third of the second then 0.6 seconds and then 1.2 seconds was the longest. And so you can see that in this long shutter, the shadows are a lot brighter and that's great because we can see the details of the cupboard on the right and left. It gets blown out or overexposed in the background. But we have in this photo, these details versus in this one, this photo is a little bit dark in the shadows but the background ...
is exposed really well. So to combine these, we can select these three, you could select however many you have and then right click and then photo merge and you're going to choose HDRHDR is another name for bracketing photos. HDR is high dynamic range and here it automatically will adjust and blend the photos together. There are things that you can adjust if you want to it to manually adjust the settings, you definitely want to auto a line in case the things the photos are just a little bit off. You generally shouldn't have any ghosting. What this is is if you are taking a photo where there's like people moving in it and they move from one area to the next area of the frame, then this would get rid of that ghosting in your image. But because we're doing still life, there shouldn't be anything moving and then all we have to do is click merge and what's going to happen is a new photo is going to appear here. It's loading up in the top left, you can see the progress and here is the merged photo and this is one where I would click that flag button here or if I was in my library, I would flag it. So here now I can see that this is the one that is the one to edit versus thinking. Oh, well, is this one or this one? I easily can see this is the merged photo. So you can see that it's a great combination of all of the exposures. Now, is this necessarily better than just going into this photo and adjusting these sliders like we can bring up the shadows, we can bring down the highlights, gonna bring up the overall exposure quite a bit, bring down my whites, you can get in here and with some of the more advanced masking tools, we could probably get it to look pretty close to what the other braced photo looks like. But without doing any other adjustments, other than just the tone, we can compare these two photos with this comparison view. So this, we saw the before and after this one that looks like R A, this is where we can compare two photos. You want to drag and drop a photo from your film strip to compare as your reference. So I'm gonna drag the HDR photo and then now we can see on the right hand side are my just adjustments of the raw photo and this gets pretty dang far. I would say that in this case, it might not be necessary. And if you are shooting in raw, you might not need to do bracketing unless it's a crazy dark and bright contrasty situation. If you're shooting in JPEG, I would definitely recommend bracketing. But after seeing this example, it's, it's clear that a raw photo can be edited pretty well and might not need bracketing. But if you are bracketing, this is the process, it's pretty simple and you can tell that it does a pretty dang good job and you would do this before you go in and start doing any of your other color, sharpening cropping and all of those other adjustments that come next. Thanks so much for watching and we'll see you in the next lesson.