B&W HDR Tutorial, How to

Over the past few months I have been experimenting with putting black & white editing into my HDR workflow. Today I am going to share with you in this video tutorial the steps I take as well as the software I use to end up with my final product. Firstly you will need certain software programs to do this tutorial and you don’t have to use the ones I did but you will need similar ones.

Software used in this demonstration:

HDR tonemapping software:

Photomatix PRO – Is a MAC and PC HDR software for creating stunning HDR images. They have a free trial, but if you end up buying a copy of Photomatix you can get a 15% Discount with the coupon code LukeZemePhotography


Platform software:

  • Adobe Lightroom 
  • Adobe Photoshop

Adobe now has a plan for photographers so you can pay a reasonable monthly rate for these 2 together, its around $10/month which is the cheaper than a cup of coffee per week.  

Filter Software:

  • Perfect Effects From OnOne and has a huge variety of Filters.
  • Topaz Clarity From Topaz. For 15% discount code use code LukeZemePhotography 
  • Silver Efex Pro 2 From NIK
  • Noiseware 5 From Imagenomic, noise reduction software. Use code LukeZemePhotography for 10% off
  • NIK collection– NIK has combined all their filters into one package


Other software that you can use in the process:

  • B & W Effects From Topaz. For 15% discount code use code LukeZemePhotography
  • Perfect BW From OnOne. An amazing Black and White editing program with lots of features.


The tutorial:

I did go through this quickly as there was a lot to get through and wanted to keep the time down to around 10 minutes. If you have any questions or would like to comment you can leave those below.

The Final Result- Image title “A Portrait of Sydney” shot June 12th, 2013 with a Nikon D800 + Nikkor 14-24mm.


Thanks guys and gals

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