I have a brand new class available that covers the exact techniques I used to create the illustrative photographs I’ve been featuring on this blog. The class is available at xtrain.com. I think you can get a 15% discount on the course (but don’t quote me, since I haven’t tested it yet) by entering "Ben" as a coupon code when signing up for the class (minus the quotes). The class is divided up into four modules:

  1. Shooting for HDR: which describes how to setup your camera and what to look out for when shooting images destined for HDR.
  2. Merging Exposures: shows you multiple methods for combining multiple exposures into a single HDR image including special ideas for dealing with problems like motion in water, etc.
  3. Processing HDR Files: you’ll learn how to take a 32-bit HDR file and process it into a normal 8 or 16-bit file that can be further adjusted in Photoshop.
  4. Enhancement: in this section, I describe the vast majority of Photoshop techniques I use to bring an image to completion, including a few actions that I find to be useful.

Here’s what one student said after taking the class:

"This has to be the best, informative, fully capture of the whole topic on-line course I’ve ever taken or seen. Congratulations to Ben, and anyone helping Ben put this on……I’m totally blown away. I’ve been looking for a long time for this topic to be explained to me."

-David McLaughlin

In a few months, the class should also be available on DVD… keep an eye on this site for future details.

You can also get a discount on the software I use for processing the HDR files (known as Photomatix Pro) by using "Digital Mastery" as your coupon code.

The image above is an example of the type of image you’ll be able to create after taking this class (as well as ones that look more like straight photographs).