Firehole River at sunrise, Yellowstone NP, WY, USA

Firehole River at sunrise, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. For this high-contrast scene I made five exposures, two stops apart, and blended them with Lightroom’s HDR Merge. That part’s easy; the real challenge is balancing the contrast in that merged file. You usually want to see some detail in even the darkest shadows and brightest highlights, but to do that in a natural-looking way often requires skillful dodging and burning.

My first live Lightroom processing demonstration in January went really well. It was a lot of fun, and I think everyone who attended learned a lot. So we’re going to do another one!

This one will take place on Saturday, February 19th, at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Once again I’ll host a live webinar where I’ll pick a photo from a member of our Education Center and show how I would process it. The webinar should last about 60 to 90 minutes.

This webinar will only be open to members of our Education Center. If you’re not a member yet, you can become a member by purchasing one of my Lightroom courses. My latest course, Lightroom’s Masking Panel: In Depth, is only $20! Or check out my other two courses: (Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide and Landscapes in Lightroom: Advanced Techniques).

If you can’t attend live, I’ll record the session and post it in the Education Center for members to view. Members can also submit photos for possible inclusion in the upcoming webinar, and view a recording of the previous demo from January.

I look forward to doing this again, and hope to see some of you on February 19th!

— Michael Frye

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Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author or principal photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite, Yosemite Meditations, Yosemite Meditations for Women, Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters. He has also written three eBooks: Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, Exposure for Outdoor Photography, and Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. Michael has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.