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High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: High Dynamic Range (HDR) PhotographyLearn how to use Photomatix software to create great High Dynamic Range images using any camera. In this 4-week course, Tony Sweet - pro photographer, author, and Nikon Legend Behind the Lens - will demystify HDR and teach you how to have total control over the total dynamic range of your image. You'll gain a whole new level of creative expression!
Key Features

  1. Photography for those who "Want it All!":
  2. Single-image processing and the grunge look
  3. B&W and Infrared HDR
  4. Extreme exposures, different subject, and post-processing

  • Serious Hobbyist through Advanced.
  • Create professional-looking HDR images.
  • Specific technical tips and tricks.

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Tony  Sweet Tony Sweet
After 20 years as a professional jazz artist, Tony changed careers and directed his creative juices towards nature photography. The improvisational, spontaneous, and abstract nature of jazz are also integral elements of nature photography.

Today, Tony's work is published worldwide and is represented by The Getty Picture Agency.

Tony conducts his "Visual Artistry" photography and digital printing workshops from March through October throughout the continental United States and Canada. Tony's articles and photography are featured in Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines, and as contributor to He’s also a columnist for Nikon World Magazine.

He has authored three books on the art of photography: Fine Art Nature Photography, Fine Art Flower Photography, and Fine Art Photography: Water, Rain, Fog. All are published by Stackpole Books.

He maintains an active speaking schedule on the subjects of nature and flower photography and marketing, addressing professional photography organizations, universities, seminars, and workshops.

Tony is on the instructor staff of, and is a member of the Baltimore chapter of ASMP. And he has been named a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens and is a charter member or nikSoftwares TeamNik!

To learn more about Tony, visit his Web site:

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor

© Tony Sweet 

© Tony Sweet 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Photography for Those Who "Want it All!":
Getting a feel for High Dynamic Range photography and discussions of settings with examples.
Assignment: Create 2 HDR images 

Lesson 2: Single-Image Processing and the Grunge Look
Creating the HDR look from a single image and learn the settings to achieve the grunge look.
Assignment: Create 3 single exposure HDR images

Lesson 3: B&W and Infrared HDR
Learn how to create non traditional HDR images, including converting to black and white.
Assignment: Create 2 B&W HDR images. Optional Infrared assignment.

Lesson 4: Extreme Exposures, Different Subject, and Post-Processing
Learn how to deal with subjects with a very wide dynamic range. Also, try HDR on a non-traditional subject, and some software tips.
Assignment: Create an HDR image from a very wide dynamic range scene. Create a non-traditional HDR, Optional: Using software intervention to further personally interpret an image.

© Tony Sweet 

© Tony Sweet 





Do I need to be an expert in Photoshop?
Well, the bottom line is no. However, a little Photoshop or Elements knowledge is always a good thing. 

Does it matter what camera I use?
No. But the camera should have the options to shoot on manual and Aperture Priority with an exposure-compensation option. 

Do I need special imaging software to take this class?
You sure do! If you do not own Photomatix, it can ordered from my blog ( for a discounted price. Or download a trial version from:

© Tony Sweet 

© Tony Sweet 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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BetterPhoto Member Richard J. Boyle
Richard J. Boyle
member since: 11/3/2013
This is a most unique course on HDR. I became interested in HDR when I noticed that it is an option on the iPhone. Tony Sweet is a talented instructor and his course is just plain fun. His critiques are direct and stretched my understanding image processing considerably. I would recommend this course highly as a passing knowledge of HDR should be part of every serious photographer's resume. Finally, if you want a very cool course that is also fun, this is it.

Dick Boyle

- 2/2/2014 1:44:19 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Aernout Zevenbergen
Aernout Zevenbergen
member since: 2/16/2012
Great introduction to HDR. I would have liked less emphasis on sliders and more on suitable subjects though, and how to use those subjects for HDR. What works, what doesn't, and how can you make what doesn't work still work.

- 4/15/2012 1:56:05 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Michelle D. Allen
Michelle D. Allen
member since: 12/19/2009
As a frequent participant in BetterPhoto courses, I must confess I found this course very disappointing. Tony seems to use the phrase “Don't forget, there is no HDR manual or specific instructions” often. I am a novice user of HDR processes so appreciated this approach at first. By the end of the course, though, I began to feel that this phrase (used in all four weeks) became an excuse for not giving sufficiently detailed information in the lessons. The specific examples in each lesson were narrow in scope, confined to the particulars of the images presented. While I appreciate the step-by-step examples for the processing showcased in each lesson, as a student it would be very helpful for Tony to have included advice about what types of subjects/settings make great HDR images for each segment.

Others reviewers have noted the brevity of the critiques. In addition, I found Tony’s communication style to be very difficult as a student. Some critiques were hard to understand, in fact, even hard to read from a grammatical standpoint. There seems to be a lag in response times when answering student questions. Frankly, my previous experiences with other instructors on has lead me to expect more from someone who has authored several books and taught several classes.

Unfortunately I cannot recommend this course to others. I did learn some nice tricks and techniques in this class. However, I have learned much more about HDR from free information readily available on the internet.

- 12/6/2010 6:37:04 PM

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Philip I. Crawford
member since: 6/30/2009
I learnt a lot and really enjoyed entering the world of HDR, but as I have seen in other reviews the material was limited in scope and instructor comments fairly brief - not sure what I really expected, except fuller longer lessons perhaps. I *highly* recommend getting Tony's HDR video which was excellent in conjunction with this course - I learnt a lot from that and made the course make a lot more sense to me and like any course reading around the subject from other books helped also. That said I would recommend it to everyone.

- 6/30/2010 9:30:55 AM

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BetterPhoto Member Steinar Kibsgaard
Steinar Kibsgaard
member since: 5/31/2006
I joined this HDR-course as a beginner in this HDR-world.

While waiting for the course to begin, I bought more books and downloaded a lot of stuff, and I started to read.

I must say: You really do not need all this stuff, unless you want to go very deep in HDR - this course will do it a long, long way. You will get some of Tony Sweets settings, you can load into your Photomatix and use it, they are not just good, they are simply amazing.

His critique of your pics ? - for me it is the most important thing , and what I use my money for, joining those courses at - and this is my 7. class) :

Tony has the ability to go directly to the point of your photo. Sometimes I could use more words from him, but I must admit, that he go directly to the point.

- 1/30/2010 8:26:31 AM

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"Tony is a great instructor - easy-to-understand lessons, and very helpful critiques!" - Wanda Judd in Tony's Mastering the Nikon D200/D2X course 

"If you want to see what an incredible photographer Tony is, check his Web site. ... You will also find Tony very helpful on answering questions... I was once told that if you are going to take a course, learn from the best. Tony is one of the best around!" -Douglas J. Eng Image Design 

"Wow. This course exceeded all my expectations. ... His lessens are succinct, easy to understand, and power-packed. After this course, I am not only a more capable photographer but a better artist!" -Richard Midthun  in Tony's Mastering the Nikon D300 course 

"This course was instrumental for me in shifting my thinking from 'taking a picture' to 'designing' a picture. The lessons were thoughtful, challenging, and also thought-provoking. I felt very fortunate to also have the added advantage of critiques from Tony which were straightforward and so very helpful and educational!" -Wendy Moreland in Image Design 

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