As amazing as current digital camera technology is, it can’t compare with those two squishy orbs in the front of your head. In addition to great autofocus, exceptional white balance, and amazing low light capabilities, your eyes also have tremendous dynamic range (that is, an ability to perceive an extremely wide range of dark to light). In fact, your eyes probably have almost twice the dynamic range as the digital camera you’re currently using.

Because of this dynamic range difference, you’ll often find situations where your eye can see details in bright highlights and dark shadows simultaneously, yet when you take a picture of the scene, your camera reveals only the bright highlights. These “high dynamic range” situations can be handled in several different ways, but one of the most compelling solutions is to shoot multiple, bracketed exposures, and then merge the results using special HDR software.

In my new Lynda.com course, Shooting and Processing High Dynamic Range Photographs, you’ll see how to shoot and process HDR images using a variety of applications, and how to re-touch HDR images to get the best results. Ideal for shooters of all skill levels, you’ll only need rudimentary Photoshop skills to follow along.

The course is available right now, right here.