Photo Merge HDR | Lightroom | northern California photographer

Welcome to the next in the series of Lightroom tutorials. You will learn to use different areas of the Develop module in these tutorials. Today the topic will show you how to use the Photo Merge HDR feature to blend exposures in an image. So, please excuse my stumbling words. I’m pretty sure I can only get better at this!

Of course, getting the image well exposed and correct in camera is our first goal. I shoot manual so that I can have complete control over my image. But, that is not to say that you cannot get a strong image using Aperture Priority or a different mode. Correct exposure and sharp focus are things that are difficult to correct after the image is taken.  I also shoot in RAW so this gives me more options when editing. Just be sure you get it right in camera first.

Because the light in this setting was so challenging, I chose to take two different exposures and blend or Photo Merge the images. Once the images are blended in Lightroom, then you can begin to edit them to your liking.

 You can find this tutorial on my YouTube channel as well:  Nadeen Flynn


Photo Merge HDR  |  Lightroom

The two SOOC images that were merged together:before and after photo merge HDR with two images and editing in light room

Screen shot of the resulting merged image and the final edited image:

before and after Photo Merge HDR two images and editing in light room

Photo Merge HDR in Lightroom


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Nadeen Flynn is an award winning northern California portrait and fine art photographer. Living in the greater Sacramento area, she specializes in high school senior and teen portraits as well as fine art landscape and still life photography. Nadeen’s style is authentic, fresh and personality-driven. This retains the timeless features of photography that create family

 heirlooms. She offers in-person workshops and mentoring. Currently living in rural northern California with her husband and a couple thousand walnut trees, she is a proud owner of Canon photography equipment.

Currently booking 2018 high school seniors, couples, and family portraits. Locations include Yuba City/Marysville, East Nicolaus, Wheatland, Lincoln, Woodland, Roseville, Rocklin, and Sacramento areas.

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Nadeen Flynn - I don’t think it really matters which method you use with the color sliders. I just prefer it. Definitely give the HDR a try for those images that have difficult highlights and shadows.

Iris - I have never used/done a HDR merge in LR or PS. I really need to give this a try.

I see that you use the individual color channels in LR. Is this an advantage to the combined color channels?

Thank you for another great tutorial.