HDR Video Tutorial

Trey Ratcliff’s HDR Video Tutorial

Learn Trey’s secrets to photography, HDR and post-processing

Complete Package Includes
Free eBook, Top 10 Mistakes in HDR Processing eBook
Full access to private Clubhouse forums
Over 130 RAW Working Files
11+ hours of video instruction across 9 classes
Download immediately and/or get it on a USB drive

HDR Tutorial Course Overview

The course does not just cover HDR, but many other innovative and fun post-processing techniques as well. There are over 11 hours of video instruction across 9 classes covering topics for beginners and moving into intermediate and advanced topics. Over 130 RAW images are included in the best packages that you can use to practice the new techniques you will learn.

Trey feels it is important for you to understand the “thinking process” as well as the “photography process”, so he spends the first part of every session talking about the thinking that goes into everything he does, from composition to critiques.

“While the training on photography and post-processing with Trey are inspiring, and will take your photography to the next level, the lectures in the beginning of each session are even more valuable. To hear from an artist, in his own words, the thought processes behind his work is a mind & eye-opening experience.”

What software will you need? Photoshop CS4 or higher is required and Photomatix Pro is highly recommended (coupon code). Adobe Bridge and Lightroom are used but not required. Please visit our Support page for additional information. The course is risk free, 100% money-back guaranteed.

About Trey Ratcliff and HDR Photography

Trey Ratcliff is a photographer, artist, writer and adventurer. Each day, Trey posts a new photo to his website, StuckInCustoms.com, the #1 Travel Photography blog on the Internet. His photos and stories capture the beauty of exotic travel destinations and the humor of bizarre situations he often finds himself in. There is always something new, unexpected and beautiful to see.

Trey is best known as a pioneer in HDR photography. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, a technique whereby multiple levels of light are captured for a particular scene and then combined into a single photograph. The resulting images are richly detailed and more closely resemble what you recall of the scene in your mind.

Fourth on Lake AustinTrey’s photo, “Fourth on Lake Austin”, was the first HDR photograph to hang in the Smithsonian. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and the BBC, and his photos have accumulated more than 50 million views. His best-selling book, “A World in HDR” sold out on Amazon in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

Trey grew up blind in one eye, which changed the way he has come to experience and visually map the world. This, combined with his degree in computer science and math, has shaped his unique, algorithm-like, approach to capturing a scene that evokes more palpable memories.

Trey has taught hundreds of thousands of people the secrets to his techniques via his HDR tutorials.

Sampling of the images processed during the course

Here is a small sampling of all the images that are processed during the class to give you an idea of the range.

HDR Tutorial Lesson Topics

Lesson 1

  • Challenging your photography premises
  • Need for deep photography knowledge
  • Getting outside of the photography bubble
  • The magic of HDR photography
  • Overview of Trey’s workflow
Lesson 2

  • The experience of learning together
  • How to use auto-bracketing
  • Setting up your Nikon or Canon
  • Proper settings for taking the photos
  • Bracketing versus RAW files
Lesson 3

  • How and why to share your photos online
  • How to take criticism and how what to expect
  • Balancing technical and artistic sides
  • Photo critiques and double tone-mapping demo
  • Wide angle and chromatic aberration discussion
Lesson 4

  • Layers and post-processing
  • Pixel Peeping, chromatic aberration & noise
  • How the eye works and Photomatix gets it right
  • Where Photomatix breaks down
  • We remember impressions rather than photos
Lesson 5

  • Composition and setting up for shots
  • Using color in composition
  • Wide angle and lens choice for composition
  • Creating and cropping a too-wide photo
  • How do you get rid of noise at night
Lesson 6

  • How to not be intimidated
  • How most people in the world are pretending
  • Pros and cons of Photomatix
  • Photomatix processing sessions
  • Getting into the “flow” of photography
Lesson 7

  • Learning by guessing, trying & making mistakes
  • My forest image discussed
  • Three demos using several different tools
  • Batch processing in LightRoomo
  • Putting a Nikon lens on a Canon body?
Lesson 8

  • The business of photography
  • Sharing your work with the community
  • The good kind of stress
  • Three demos of various lighting conditions
  • Color correction after Photomatix?
Lesson 9

  • Explanation of the forest photo
  • Correcting the Louvre photo
  • Discovering new ideas by examining other photos
  • Three demos showing advanced techniques
  • Detailed Q&A session
Purchase Options

The entire course is available for immediate download or can be shipped to you on an 8GB USB drive.

HDR Tutorial Package Options


Total Package with BONUS!
Free eBook, Top 10 Mistakes in HDR Processing
Full access to private Clubhouse forums
Over 130 RAW Working Files

11+ hours of video instruction across 9 classes
Download immediately (7 GB)
Or … Get the Total Package with Bonus shipped to you on a USB Drive for just $109

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/652NEIF7R7ZWEGIS3JO3TPSGXE Cheryl McGaw

    I have already purchased the full package, but have not done much as I have slow internet. How do I purchase just the USB?

  • dodsonmd

    Hey Trey,
    The Buy Now links don’t seem to work on Safari 5.1. Works OK on Chrome though.

  • treyratcliff

    Odd, I’m 

  • http://DailyConcern.com/ Curtis Simmons

    That’s odd. I’m using Safari 5.1 and it’s working fine. I’ll keep testing just in case.

  • http://DailyConcern.com/ Curtis Simmons

    Cheryl, please email support(at)stuckincustoms.com and we’ll get you hooked up.

  • Ben Fewtrell

    Can the USB be shipped to Australia?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1184031828 John Roth

    Does the tutorial cover how “ghosting” is dealt with? Specifically, in pictures where there may be several people or the main subject is an animate object? I’m familiar with how Photomatix attempts to deal with this, but I’m interested in the more advanced techniques Trey is using in some of his photos.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S2BEARZKLF2GGVZVYROJSQRDSY Walter E

    John, ‘ghosting’ is easy to deal with in Photomatix.  The really nice thing is that you can actually circle the ghosted area before processing and it will correct it automatically.

    I use Photomatix for my HDR and it is one of the best. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1472396155 Marcelo Fabián Montenegro

    The video, have spanish subtitle?

  • ariel acaylar

    Hello Sir,
    I am a student taking up BS Nursing. I am interested to purchase you total package. Do you have a special rate for students like me?  I am mostly in charge of prints and designs for my department. Having your training will really help me a lot.  Thank you for your time. 

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)
  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Hi Marcelo,

    No, unfortunately the videos are not subtitled.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joel-Marie-Avianna/1622871450 Joel Marie Avianna

    Thank you for this class.  Ive been waiting to break into my photomatrix software.   I purchased a paperback tutorial but its been sitting on the shelf for the past 3 months.  I would rather take a class.  This is perfect.  I cant wait !!

  • Ron Harper

    Well did they send it I’m in perth and would like 2 know??

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.booth.399 Lee Booth

    Hi Trey, been looking at your site over the last few day and very impressed with the photos, I shoot interiors for a living and have always used a flash set up which is great but you still don’t get the details that you are able to capture. In the paid course do you cover house interiors and how to shoot this? I am guessing you would need to go to -4 and +4 on the range to cover all the details especially on bright days?

    Also I tend to use LR for all my editing but do have Photoshop CS3 so is that ok to use or do you really need PS CS4 or above (I have photomatix).Very interested in the whole course but wanted to check this first.

  • moochweb


    Just a quick question re your videos, what format are they in as I want to check I can play them on my iPad on my daily commute?

    Kind regards

  • Jason Fiori

    Hey Stephen, Trey’s videos work great on iPhone or iPad. I also enjoyed them in the car during the commute, you really need to listen to them more then once to get all the info out of them. Also, just my 2 cents… I knew nothing about photography when I went through Trey’s tutorial and it rocked my world(meaning good)! Close to right away my friends and family couldn’t even believe I was the one taking the photos I was showing them, which is a awesome feeling. Now I’m not that good… yet :) but its fun to hear your friends say nice things because they can’t under stand your black magic.

    Jason Fiori

  • mike_85085

     I’m a beginner and need some advice on purchasing  Photoshop.  I want to
    purchase Trey Ratcliff’s HDR Video Tutorial.  I own a Nikon 5100,
    Photomatix, and Nikon NX Capture.  I’ve never used Photoshop, and the
    cost is rather high.  Is there a stripped down version of Photoshop
    (Student version for example) that will work with the tutorial.  The
    write-up for the tutorial indicates that you need Photoshop CS4 or
    higher.  Will I need to learn Photoshop before I buy the Video Tutorial?



  • mike_85085

     Hello ?

  • Silica9

    Hi Trey and The Gang.
     I would like to purchase your tutorial and have tried but my antivirus is blocking the site for my protection against phishing(?). How do i know its safe if my BIG NAME antivirus thinks its not. Can i buy over the phone or is there a certificated site or any other alternative?
    Love your work, (obviously) please and thank you in advance for your help.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1650786515 Will Chao

    theres Photoshop elements that you can get for 1-200 bucks
    contains most of the features you’ll need and perfect for beginners

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1650786515 Will Chao

    what one are you using? i use symantec endpoint protection and i dont have a problem at all

  • Silica9

     Will, i am using Symantec Norton Antivirus. I think they may have got it wrong this time(fingers crossed) am going to risk it! Already got Photomatix no problem. NEED the tutorial now.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)
  • http://www.facebook.com/sonny.hamauchi Sonny Hamauchi

    Is this for iMac’s or PC’s?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

     Hi Sonny,

    There’s no software in the tutorial – just videos and NEF images for the homework files – so it’ll run on both platforms.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1403258 Kevin Burel

    Whenever I take a nighttime HDR image that includes lights (streetlights, headlights, etc.), the lights always blow out my HDR…they come out way too bright and appear as blown-out highlights on my final image, even when I tell Photomatix to use the -4 EV source for the area that includes the lights.  What lesson in the tutorial can help me overcome this problem?  Thanks for your time and advice.

  • Jarryd Ross

    Hi Mike! As far as Photoshop goes, if you are a student or a teacher there is the student/ teacher discount which gets you Photoshop CS6 for about $299. (I Think!) Also, another alternative would be Adobe’s Creative Cloud that they just launched which is $50 a month. That gets you unlimited use of practically ALL of Adobe’s products. If you are on a MAC, try out Pixelmator. It’s only $29.99 and does almost all of the same things as Photoshop just on a smaller scale.

    Hope that helps!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Albert/633503450 Karen Albert

    Can I do the tutorial with Aperture?   Photomax Pro does work with Aperture.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joel-Marie-Avianna/1622871450 Joel Marie Avianna

    I only do 5% of my photos in HDR. I took the class because I wanted to learn more about phitography in general. In the future I’m sure I’ll process more HDR’s. I was not disappointed in this course. I learned a ton about HDR and photography in general. Mr. ratcliff is and excellent instructor. his style and demeanor is university quality.

  • Mun-Keong Foong

    Hi, do I need both Photoshop AND Photomatix in order to process HDR? Or just one of the two? Thanks.

  • niuowen

    My english is not so good.Have Chinese subititles?

  • Roberto Ruiz

    I want to buy the tutorial, looks great, but I haven’t bought Photoshop so I don´t have any idea of how to use it. What you think about this? During the tutorial would lear how?

    I am a beginner (photographer) . I am doing panoramics. With this tutorial, I would learn how to prepare photos to stick them using my PTGui Pro?
    Is it an online tutorial or do I download it to my PC ? (not always I have an internet conection)
    Thanks anticipated

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Unfortunately there are no subtitles available in the videos.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    It’s best if you have both, but you can use Photoshop Elements (cheaper) and be sure to use Trey’s discount code for Photomatix (under coupons to the right).

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    The trouble is that Aperture doesn’t really do ‘layers’ per se, which is the most important part. You can get the same effect (see info here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3770632?start=0&tstart=0) but it’s significantly different than the flow you’ll see in the videos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/winter.ofoseven Winter Ofoseven

    Question on tutorial: is the tutorial useful if there’s no camera yet? hope to get one in august and trying to learn as much as i can while not-so-patiently waiting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/winter.ofoseven Winter Ofoseven

    fyi: PS CS6 Educational version (student/teacher) is the FULL version. However, you must be able to have your educational institution validate your student/teacher status, and you cannot transfer ownership or sell it later. $229 usd
    Photoshop Elements is only ~$69 USD with coupons

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    For this tutorial you absolutely don’t need to have a camera in-hand. If you buy the Total package, you get a set of RAW files to work with.

  • http://twitter.com/TallAsianYoda Jores Roxas Arreza

    Hi, Trey. I’m taking your HDR tutorial in a few weeks but I use a NEX-7. Your syllabus mentions a Nikon and a Canon. Will that be a problem?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    For this HDR tutorial it really has no bearing at all, as long as you can navigate the camera to get all of the bracketing settings you need!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    For this HDR tutorial it really has no bearing at all, as long as you can navigate the camera to get all of the bracketing settings you need!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.cheche.5 Tom Cheche

    I currently have Elements 6, do mot of my work in Lightroom, and NIK software…especially HDR Efex for my HDr WORK.
    Must I have anewer version of Elements, or the full blown Photoshop, to make use of the tutorial? And, is this applicable to NIK HDR Efex?

  • joel cleare

    Ive applied your advice several times in Oregon this past week. Thanks for all the help !!

  • Nick P.

    Hi there! Wanna buy a total package of such great videos.
    Some questions though:
    1. Can it be shipped to Russia for free?
    2. Does it contain videos where Trey taking photos, or it’s just post processing videos?
    3. I want total package but without bonus be shipped to my country. Is it possible?


  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Hi Nick,

    1 – Yes, we can ship pretty much anywhere, as long as PayPal recognizes and allows the address. However, we also offer the exact same product as a download, so you don’t have to worry about waiting for shipping.
    2 – This tutorial is pretty much focused on post-processing.
    3 – For the USB version it is only available as the Total with Bonus – it is only $1 more than the Total package.

  • Amitabh Pandit

    Hi Trey,
    Am really interested in taking the whole course with bonus…but I work on Aperture and photomatix pro. I don’t intend to get Photoshop since things are great with what I work with. Will this course benefit me? Or are there things which cannot be done without Photoshop??

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)
  • Mike Kolepp

    Hi Trey, I am relatively new to the HDR world, however I have been experimenting with it. Does the Tutorial offer instructions for workflow? I currently have the following software package(s) …. Photomatix Pro, Lightroom 4, Photoshop 7, and DxO Optics. I am considering a workshop for Lightroom later in the year as well as purchasing the tutorial here from you. Thanks for your help

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Hi Mike!

    You get to see a ton of Trey’s workflow here and more as well in the Discover the Art of Photography courses. Also, you might want to check out Trey’s Digital Workflow eBook at Flatbooks.


  • Eduardo OJeda

    Can you produce an HDR photo with a single picture instead of 3? thanks !!!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Hi Eduardo,

    Yes, if you capture in RAW. JPGs don’t store the required information in a single image.

  • Amit Patnaik

    Trey has a video on using nex7 for hdr

  • http://www.facebook.com/karl.rittinger Karl Rittinger

    Looking for suggestions on shooting Aerial HDRs Since camera is in motion can not use standard method of bracketing. I shot some in RAW but they do not seem to process the way I would like.

  • Roberto Ruiz

    Karl I also shoot Aerial. Can I have your e mail? Mine is proyectosecologicos at g mail dot com My shoots are RC exacopter… yours? I also want to review answers to your post.

  • http://twitter.com/pathfinder818 debbie

    I use Aperture and also have Photoshop ELements 9 which I am not very familiar with. Will this course be good for me of must I purchase other applications in order to fully use it? Than you

  • http://twitter.com/pathfinder818 debbie

    I use Aperture and also have Photoshop Elements 9. Can i fully learn with what I have or must I purchase other software i order to use this course?

  • engineer blogs

    nice pic,


  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Hi Debbie,

    Elements will work fine. Generally you’re going to want Photomatix as well –


  • http://www.facebook.com/alistair.mcnicol.9 Alistair McNicol

    How Long should it take to receive my USB package its been about 4 weeks now?????

    Thanks Alistair

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)
  • Vee

    HDR is cool

  • http://www.facebook.com/kalapnath.chunnipersaud Kalapnath Chunnipersaud

    hey i’m a beginner with a nikon d3000 how hard will this course be for me to understand i have a good understanding of photo editing software and my camera and also will this course apply to the camera that i have , will i be able to do most things required by this course with the d3000 please escuse me for the stupid questions but i really admire your work and would like to learn hdr photography……………………

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Hi there,

    Not stupid questions at all! As long as your camera can take autobracketed shots, you should be good. The course is designed for some beginners all the way to advanced – if you take the course and it isn’t working for you, a refund is not a problem.

  • disqus_m1RaRogRDl

    Hi, it look great. However I dont have PS. I have Nik HDR Pro2 and lightrooom and want to improve my HDR shots. Being that i dont have the software you run through on this course, will I still get a lot from it?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Definitely – but you’ll be missing out on being able to process layers. However, if you picked it up and it didn’t work for you, a refund is not a problem.

  • Wagner Goldberg

    omg sooooooooo expensive and half of the lessons have nothing to do with hdr – just filler as to charge more.

  • John

    I only have Adobe Lightroom 4.3, Photomatix Pro 4.1.4, Nikon Capture NX2 and Adobe Elements 10. Can I follow the tutorial with just these programs. I do not have Adobe CS4.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    That’s all fine – you don’t need Photoshop CS if you don’t have it. Elements will do fine.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)


    If you purchased and you’re not happy with it, a refund is not a problem at all. As for the statement about filler, I’m afraid this just isn’t true – this tutorial is a capture of a live webinar. Nothing was added as “filler to charge more.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanessa.hays.79 Vanessa Hays

    I just tried to purchase the HDR video Tutorial using the Digital-Photography-School discount code, but received an “Invalid Code” error. (I came to this site through a DPS link). Help!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)
  • Ginny

    I would like to buy the Total Package with Bonus. I would like it shipped to me on a USB stick as our internet is temperamental, but is it possible to have access to the download version as well so that I can try downloading it immediately?

  • Ginny

    I would like to buy the Total Package with Bonus. I would like it shipped on a USB stick as our internet is temperamental. Is it possible to also have access to the downloads so that I can try and download it immediately.

  • Eric

    Hi I am even less equipped with only Lightroom and Photomatix. Must I at least have Elements too? thanks!

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Hi Eric,

    Unfortunately the process does require the ability to work in layers, which right now Photoshop (Elements or otherwise) is the best option to do. There’s still tons of info you can use in there, but the final step of bringing it all together needs Photoshop.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Hi Ginny,

    I believe you just emailed as well, but yes, the downloads are provided to you as well.

  • Bill

    I am interestred in HDR and will probably order your product but I do not have photoshop, I have been using GIMP which does layers and photomatix and Raw Therapy which are open source and free, will these work and would I have a problem following along in the lessons?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    You can definitely benefit from the tutorial. You’ll have to do quite a bit of translation – there are plenty of sites out there to help you navigate GIMP vs. Photoshop – but the basic function will be the same. I’m not familiar with Raw Therapy, but if you have Photomatix and a Photoshop equivalent, you’re okay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandra.l.maxwell Sandra LeBaugh Maxwell

    I have read every discussion here so i hope i don’t ask the same question. I do have CS5 but i use Nik’s HDR software. Will I still be able to learn from Trey’s training with him using Photomatix or will it be too confusing trying to figure out Nik’s vs Photomatix?

  • disqus_m1RaRogRDl

    Thanks, I now have Photoshop CS2, will this be sufficient or do I need CS4 or higher?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    It’s really tricky. The NEF files are 100% not compatible with Photoshop older than CS4, but you can process in Photomatix first, which will output JPG files. Otherwise you should be fine.

  • Jane

    I only received lessons up to 3!!! How can i receive the rest???

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Trey Ratcliff

    I’ll make sure the team contacts you to figure it out :)

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)
  • http://www.facebook.com/ann.ramsey.779 Ann Ramsey

    Trey, what if you have Aperture and the Photomatix plug-in? (Some of us are Apple-heads.)
    -Ann R.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Hi Ann,

    I’m not exactly sure what your question is. Can you be more specific? All the software listed is available on Mac … do you mean Aperture instead of Photoshop?

  • http://www.facebook.com/josejuan1952 José J. Delgado García

    Can I use Layers in Perfect Photo Suite 7 instead of Photoshop?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    I’m not incredibly familiar with it myself, but at a quick glance at the site, it sure looks that way. If it doesn’t, a refund is totally not a problem. Please do keep me updated on how well it works.

  • http://www.facebook.com/josejuan1952 José J. Delgado García

    Thank you. I’ll keep up to date on how it works out.

  • Marge

    I have Lightroom4 on my i-mac. I’m new to all of this. What else do I need?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com/ Luke Lakatosh (SIC Support)

    Hi Marge,

    You’ll need Photomatix, which will create the actual HDR, and a way to work with Layers like Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. You might want to check the basic info available here for more detail: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/hdr-tutorial/

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.wong.3323 Kelly Wong

    Hi Trey, what software do you use for stitching your panoramas?

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