Creating Single Image HDRs with Nik HDR Efex Pro 2

Thanks to Nik Software featuring me in a recent newsletter I had a lot of traffic coming to the site and checking out a recent post I did featuring photos from a Civil War reenactment and the processing I applied to the photos.

I used Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2 to create single image HDR photographs. Normally an HDR image contains 3 or more photographs of varying exposures blended together to provide more detail in the final image. Since I did not shoot multiple images to create a "traditional" HDR I instead went the route of using the software to craft very dynamic images from a singe RAW image.

While there is still the interest in the photos and the process in which I used to make them I felt that a quick post and video tutorial could answer people's question (maybe create some new ones) better then simply letting people guess at what I had done. Below is a video tutoral explaining the presets and settings I used as well as a link to the custom preset that I made and used for the photos.

Please leave questions and comments below if you have any and I will try my best to answer everyone. Thanks - Nate

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