Tools such as Photoshop and Lightroom have allowed photographers to manipulate images in ways once never imaginable. These innovations have lead to increase of photographers known for their “surreal” imagery or extreme processing. One artist quite known for his processing is Dave Hill. You may remember us covering Dave Hill in previous posts. This “Dave Hill” look is most common in band photography.
In this tutorial I will show how to get a similar effect to this HDR/XDR/Dave Hill look in a few quick steps. I want to point out that Dave Hill spends hours upon hours compositing, retouching, etc to his photos and that I’m not saying that this is the technique that Dave actually uses.
Lastly; for best results, use strobes on your photoshoot. For example, expose for the background of your photograph then use a strobe to fill. This allows a far greater tonal range.
Here are some examples using this method: