12. Properly blending HDR images

In this chapter Karl’s back in the studio to complete the post work on his HDR image. The best HDR images are a result of good blending and combining a contrast range that you are unable to achieve in one exposure. Watch and learn with a meticulous explanation to arrive at a stunning HDR image that accommodates all the exposure ranges from the four shots.

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. About removing ghosts:
    You say here that you can actually choose the base image that you’d like to be the base image for the lockdown on those moving items. I don’t understand what that means. Where do you have the option in that dialog box to choose the image you want to use?
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Ellen, there is a check box to tick to tell it this if I remember correctly, It’s been a while since I’ve done a HDR so I’ll check in the latest version of the software and comeback to you.

  2. Thanks a lot for this, it just opened my eyes to a whole new world of posibilities!

    I was thinking on watching what called me the most first but my wife recommended to follow and god, it has been amazing learning every single bit of this.

    Thanks a lot Karl!

  3. I remember trying Merge to HDR in Photoshop years ago when I was learning the software and the local adaptation tweaks intimidated me because I couldn’t get the images quite right. I was either getting something too “HDR” (gritty images with glowing edges) or something low in contrast and color. I’ve since moved on to doing HDRs in Lithroom and processing there for convenience, but I found that the result can become quite unnatural-looking…somehow.
    This video makes me want to try doing it the old-fashioned way again 🙂

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