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How to Create High Dynamic Range Images Using After Effects

12.7.10 @ 11:57AM Tags : , , ,

With the new RED cameras featuring a built-in HDR mode, and with some shooters using a beam splitter to capture HDR images on two DSLRs, High Dynamic Range imaging seems all the rage these days. But what about the rest of us, who only have one DSLR? We can use After Effects to combine two shots with differing exposure settings. Here, Robin Schmidt shares a tutorial on how to do so:

I’ve done the same thing myself, and while it’s relatively straightforward on still shots, motion can be a bit more complicated. Still, it’s a great start — thanks Robin.


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  • I used after effects just because the masking tools are so easy to use but you can still get close in Final Cut Pro using the garbage matte tools and though it’s not as easy it’s still very doable.

  • BRILLIANT. and yet so simple
    creative solutions are always the best ones.
    i wonder how this will look as part of a non HDR clip. obviously there is no way you’ll be able to do this for all your shots so won’t it look odd to get some shots with higher dynamic range than others?

  • This is excellent for locked down shots, but I guess hand held would be a problem. Either way, what an interesting trick. I asked myself several times during the vid why I hadn’t thought of it myself.

  • WOooooooooooooooooOOOWW, This guy has just discovered compositing!!!!! he’s a genius! oh no wait… we’ve been doing it for years… damn.

  • its really a wonderful to combine our knowledge in the photoshop layers to the AF layers !
    and i easily used it for the Motion effects am using in my videos ! I VERY RECOMMEND !