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How to make an HDR image in 2 minutes!

August 21, 2019

(shuttering camera) (laughing) – That’s not advised, but don’t, I just, I had to do it. I had to show you. It’s completely unrelated
because it’s Two Minute Tuesday. Let’s go. (motivating rock and roll music) What’s up everybody? Peter McKinnon here, and welcome back to yet another Two Minute Tuesday. Today’s episode we’re
talking about HDR photos. Last week we talked about shooting in log format, picture profiles, and using flat profiles
to get more dynamic range so I figured this week, let’s tackle kind of the opposite within
the photography world and getting that same dynamic range to really get incredible-looking photos using what photographers and we call HDR, which is high-dynamic-range. So that’s today’s topic, we’re
gonna dive right into it. Let’s put two minutes on the clock. And, let the games begin. So once you have Lightroom open, you’re gonna want to import the photos that you’re gonna use for that HDR. Now like I said, an HDR is made up of a set of photos taken
at different exposures. So there could be three
shots, five, seven, in this case we have five. So we have one that’s underexposed, a little less underexposed somewhere in the middle, overexposed,
and then completely blown-out. But we’re gonna take all of the values from all these different shots through these different exposures and smash them into one super-photo. So I have the first photo clicked, hold Shift, click on the last photo, right-click, come up
to Photo Merge and HDR and you’re pretty much done at that point. Lightroom makes the HDR
at this point right here, it auto-aligns it, it auto-tones it, it makes that preview and
there you go, it’s super-fast. The best part is, you’ve
taken RAW pictures and it’s made a RAW HDR, so there’s no quality loss whatsoever. Deghost is if anything was
moving in those frames, people, cars, birds, what have you. If you’re taking multiple exposures and something’s moving through that frame, that Deghost is gonna help eliminate that. But in this case, we don’t need it, so we’re just gonna hit Merge. And Lightroom then generates that HDR and will drop it down
here into the Timeline as a new photo and there we go. So you can see the shadows
are exposed perfectly, the sky is exposed, we can see the sky, we can see the clouds,
it’s not too blown-out. It’s really nice. At this point, you just
edit it as you would any other photo because it’s
still a RAW picture. We can add new black
points, new white points. If you want Lightroom to suggest where it thinks the best black point
and white point would be, just hold Shift and double-click on Black. Hold Shift, double-click on White, pro tip there, you’re welcome. (chuckling) That’ll set both those points where it thinks they work best
and you could export at this point, or you
could run some presets. You guys know I released
a pack of 15 the other day so you could roll down here
and choose your favorite. Mine is Red Crush so
I just click that once and then boom, there we go,
photos edited to my liking and you export, good to go. So that’s it for me guys, I
hope you liked this video. Hit that Like button if you liked it, smash it if you so desire,
I won’t hold it against you. Subscribe if you aren’t already and, and I’ll see you guys next week. So this is the photo, hang on a second. (casual offbeat music) Okay, so this is the photo we’re gonna use for this demonstration. I took this in New York seven, eight, a boat-long time… (casual offbeat music)


  • Reply John Sekhar August 31, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Hey Peter – with some clever math could I shoot an HDR timelapse?

  • Reply surfmora August 31, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    You blow my mind!

  • Reply Israel Agyeman-Prempeh September 2, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you for that pro-tip never knew that

  • Reply Faisal September 4, 2017 at 10:38 pm


  • Reply Kevin Phu September 5, 2017 at 2:04 am

    I had to hit the pause button on my life when I saw the "shift+click black/white" tip…HOW DID I NEVER KNOW ABOUT THIS!?!?! Thanks Peter!

  • Reply Michal Gajdos September 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    or you know, use a modern up to date sensor 🙂 ?

  • Reply sohiep kdear September 5, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you for creativity and inspiration

  • Reply Nicolas von Normann September 6, 2017 at 2:50 am

    great hint

  • Reply OS vlogs September 6, 2017 at 5:13 am


  • Reply Sandipan Chatterjee September 6, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    but how to take photos at different exposure ?

  • Reply Keith TV September 7, 2017 at 5:32 am

    great lesson love your channel

  • Reply Polia Makaveeva September 7, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Anyone here knowing what's the name of the intro song?

  • Reply bh20s September 7, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    My fav part is when you do the "DOOM!" "two minute on the clock" lol

  • Reply Ron Vincent September 8, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Thanks Pete… really helped in better understanding HDR. ✌️❤️

  • Reply Anonymous 15 September 8, 2017 at 6:57 am

    Damnn 😍

  • Reply Rage Studios September 8, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Love it that you keep it short and to a point

  • Reply The Drunk Geek September 9, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Man i fucking love watching your videos!

  • Reply culota September 10, 2017 at 8:13 am

    why is the sound in 3-2-1 so satisfying

  • Reply Sabex Tiger September 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm


  • Reply Rik Savage September 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Can you adjust it or is this HDR option a one-click instant mix sort of thing?

  • Reply Amit Shrestha September 14, 2017 at 11:33 pm


  • Reply Dinal Azwar September 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm


  • Reply Krishnesh Kp September 17, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I uploaded a video about 5 Free Teal&Orange Lightroom presets. Check it out

  • Reply Caleb Fox September 18, 2017 at 2:32 am

    You should make a video on the best free video editor

  • Reply Alena Taylor September 18, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Red crush is so pretty

  • Reply MissWeerdo Jrock-Unicorn September 18, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    So… Can I do this in photoshop?

  • Reply Durp Durp September 19, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    How do you make 5 of the same picture but then at different exposures tho?

  • Reply The Kalf September 21, 2017 at 11:54 am

    But how do i take all the multiple shots but with different settings while not moving cam?

  • Reply Natsuko_Saeki October 16, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    How to make

  • Reply Daniel Huang October 21, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Blew my mind!

  • Reply Traveling Triathlete October 26, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Quick note PM,I couldn't find this in your 2MT playlist nor your Tutorials playlist

  • Reply Minolta4Life October 30, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Peter makes the best tutorials and does not waste your time. Not saying all long tutorials but get to the point.

  • Reply Peradon Gaming November 1, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I love ur vudeo

  • Reply narcosataniko666 November 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Im not a pro by any means,definitely helpfull.

  • Reply Myles McEwen November 25, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Hey Peter, how'd you make your intro for 2 minute Tuesday and your main intro? 😀

  • Reply Calvin Yang November 28, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    i thought Peter was going to rap at 3:08 LOL

  • Reply Francis W December 6, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Photomatix vs Lightroom for HDR?

  • Reply sethpreuss December 13, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    You should start doing three-minute Thursdays instead of two-minute tuesdays 😉

  • Reply Thomas Ewing December 18, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    i've selected all of my pictures but when i right click the merge option doesn't show up. anyone can help?

  • Reply JOHN ABRAHAM December 26, 2017 at 5:01 am

    nice ..your using Lightroom cc not classic oh

  • Reply Hemanth Venugopal December 29, 2017 at 5:07 am

    Hey Pete … Please do a tutorial on How to make a Hyperlapse !!!

  • Reply Asif Navid January 1, 2018 at 4:36 am

    ow nice trick

  • Reply Jose Rodriguez January 4, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I just found your channel and I love your 2-minute Tuesdays! Awesome!

  • Reply Fariez Nurkholiq Ashshiddiqie January 8, 2018 at 7:57 am

    I don't know why my finger automatically click that subscribe button after watching this video..

  • Reply Kuntal Biswas January 27, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Are those 5 pictures taken differently before getting into Lightroom ?

  • Reply Anshul Saini January 29, 2018 at 3:15 am

    Can we take these multiple exposures at the same time in canon DSLRs

  • Reply Osentikku Kodokushi February 1, 2018 at 2:13 am

    I’m so new to photography I thought hdr stood for high definition resolution 🤦🏽‍♂️

  • Reply Sosa's nVsion February 2, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Lol hes actually getting better at two min. Tuesdays. Nice vid.

  • Reply Shubhang Mehrotra February 9, 2018 at 6:27 am


  • Reply Nicholas Ivey February 10, 2018 at 1:02 am

    this is exactly what i was looking for, just found the multiple image setting for my phantom, goodness to come.. cheer Pete.

  • Reply Jak Sidely February 28, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    I’m not even a photographer, well I bought a 50mm lense but still no camera. but I still smashed that like button so hard I need a new screen!

  • Reply Jared Terorotua March 3, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Hi Pete! Love your videos.
    Just a quick question though, why do you have the 1dx mk2? I dont think I've ever really seen you do sports or anything that needs high speed shooting. So why not have like a 5d mk4 with higher megapixels?

  • Reply Austin Heath March 11, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    That auto tool just changed the game for my photo editing!

  • Reply Cookie Drop March 18, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    0:01 my face when have too much homework of shcool

  • Reply TerraVision March 28, 2018 at 5:33 am

    You are amazing ! You make everything so simple and easy to understand! Keep being great !!!

  • Reply Peggy Stevinson Bair April 4, 2018 at 1:27 am

    Oh, thank you. So many times people go on and on in instructional videos and I just want the straight scoop fast.

  • Reply Pres Alla April 10, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Hey Pete how do you sharpen your photos??

  • Reply Austin Skeen April 23, 2018 at 1:11 am

    This is WONDERFUL.

  • Reply Fakkiresh Aniyavar April 24, 2018 at 3:26 am

    wow wonderful

  • Reply Hans Borja May 2, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Is it possible to make HDR in mobile?

  • Reply Charles Victoria May 3, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Man this was awesome! I'm taking a digital photography class at my school and the teacher went on for about an hour on how to do this. You kept it quick, clean and concise which made it so much easier to understand. Thank you!

  • Reply احمد أبو شلبي May 12, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Give me subscribe. Please

  • Reply Levi Jesus May 30, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Thank you ver much!

  • Reply Tom Welfringer June 8, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Wow, you once finish im 2 minutes 🤣

  • Reply Ridoy Hasan June 24, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Never saw that before

  • Reply rayproductions backup channel June 24, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    and how do i do this without paying a fortune for software?

  • Reply Dryden Lalonde July 13, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Two minute Tuesdays were actually 2 mins back then, woah!!

  • Reply MrVBsteve August 7, 2018 at 12:42 am

    My indoor HDR photos in Lightroom still the windows blown out. It helps little but not enough…. hhhmmm

  • Reply Doppelsprosse August 26, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    I'd like this video, but it's for me a little bit too fast. I have tried this programm and it's help me very much:)>

  • Reply CNG Star August 29, 2018 at 7:42 am


  • Reply Susan Pimblett September 6, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Hey Peter, please tell me which version do you have to make it ? As I have Lightroom 4 and there is no options of "Photo Merge" :'( Thanks !

  • Reply Kaique Nascimento September 27, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    0:01 What shutter speed did you use for that?

  • Reply Tfactor Gaming September 30, 2018 at 11:56 am

    thank you!!!

  • Reply BushidoCodeIXW October 14, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    Very helpful thanks!

  • Reply Greg Cameron October 16, 2018 at 8:12 am


  • Reply Janneman Vaarwater October 16, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Never did HDR…
    Now I will! -Thanks Peter!

  • Reply 冷风 November 9, 2018 at 10:26 pm


  • Reply Chris Lazar November 11, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Don't know how i feel about a 2mt that's under 10 minutes.

  • Reply Andy Bauer December 17, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Wow, I wish I watched this video last week before I went to Yosemite! Guess I'll have to go back soon. Bummer.

  • Reply Nick Krause January 10, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Maybe I’m naive but how do you get 5 of the exact same photo at different exposures? Were these made by the camera or using Lightroom and then combined?

  • Reply Block45 February 4, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply Oli McIntosh February 6, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    THIS!!! THIS IS HOW YOU DO A TUTORIAL VIDEO!!! Thank you for saving my time. To pay you back, I subscribed!

  • Reply موسى الجماعي February 19, 2019 at 7:13 am

    How to edit hdr time laps ???
    Need help please a

  • Reply Ash von Chamier February 21, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Great quickie. Didn't know how to do it in Lightroom, love it! Thanks!

  • Reply Nayeem Hossain February 25, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    how to select 3 photos ?

  • Reply Kohn Kyriakou February 27, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    awesome mate

  • Reply fonzl123 February 28, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    hahahaha what a funny start… i do this too just beacuse of the sound 😀

  • Reply YOY March 11, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    와 개쩔어;

  • Reply Mitch Whitmer March 20, 2019 at 12:16 am

    unfortunately, I can't afford lightroom

  • Reply vjergina March 22, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Woah, it's actually 2 minutes back then.

  • Reply Thomas March 26, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Inspired here in Dublin Ireland – thanks man!

  • Reply Marek Zelinka April 3, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Going to try it.

  • Reply Calebe Teles April 8, 2019 at 2:40 am

    Peter, could you please check that this HDR is probably the same thing as the middle exposure with some heavy adjustments?
    It's a real thing for me. I'm trying to get more information and all I get is just a middle exposure with slides tweaked.
    If you reset the slides, you will get the same exposure.
    Also if you move than, you see no latitude difference.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I did it and just got like: what's the meaning?????

  • Reply Дмитрий Ершов April 19, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    And we'll drop it down here into the timeline … (2:00)

  • Reply Sergey Canican May 24, 2019 at 6:13 am

    So simple yet so helpful! Thank you, Peter!

  • Reply Morče a Já June 25, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Wow, so fast! Thanks Peter!

  • Reply alfahari Rurengo July 6, 2019 at 10:58 am

    This ma nigga right here. Ma nigga

  • Reply A S photography July 15, 2019 at 10:15 am


  • Reply nudibanches July 29, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Good to see digital HDR has "evolved" from the hideous horrifying days of ten plus years ago when it was halo freak city.

  • Reply CCphotography August 7, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    short sweet and to the point…I turned off 10 minute video to watch this one…glad I did…I got back 8minutes of my life…

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