Quick Digital Imaging Tip 24/101: Save Time When Processing Your HDR Images

This is tip #24 of 101 digital imaging tips I plan to post here over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Today's tip: Save HDR processing time by working with JPEG files.

Sure, you should always shoot RAW files - because you can pull out a lot of data from a single RAW file. But when making HDR images, try converting your sets of RAW files to JPEG files before your start processing. I use Image Processor in Photoshop to convert my images. Works amazingly fast.

Working with JPEGs saves you a lot of professing/waiting time. Plus, if you captured the entire dynamic range of the scene in your set of images, you will not lose any details your HDR image – as illustrated by these before-and-after images from Angkor Wat, Cambodia (taken yesterday).

I processed my sets of JPEG files with Nik Software's new HDR Efex Pro. After that, I spiced up the images with the Spicify Filter in Topaz Adjust – which is totally amazing. Info on Topaz here. (Save a bundle by ordering a Topaz Bundle.)

HDR Efex Pro + Topaz Adjust/Spicify.

Original average single exposure.

HDR Efex Pro + Topaz Adjust/Spicify.

Original average single exposure.

Camera info: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40mm lens.

For discounts on Nik plug-ins and Photomatix (another HDR imaging program) click here.

For info my my HDR book, click here.

Explore the light,

P.S. A BIG thanks to Mukesh at TravelInterlink for putting together such a fantastic photo tour. For info on my 2011 photo tours, click here.