Is Summer is the Best Time for HDR?

Special Guest Post by Mark Toal

Before and afterAbout five years ago I was really into shooting multiple images and processing them into dramatic HDR photos. I loved working Photomatix Pro and Nik HDR Efex Pro software. Then Adobe released Lightroom 4 with much better highlight and shadow control, especially for RAW files. Lightroom 5 made more improvements and pretty soon I was creating one-image HDR’s just using Lightroom.

The photo (at right) is a perfect example of what used to take 3-5 bracketed images combined in an HDR program. It was a very bright summer day at 10am. The exposure for the inside of the car is several stops different than the sun on the pavement out its windows.

Using Lightroom 5.5, I reduced the image file’s highlights, increased its shadows, contrast and clarity, added a little saturation and produced an instant HDR photograph with a quarter of the effort—all in one program.

Mark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this  Mark.selfieblog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos on his web site at He can be contacted at

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