8 May, 2011

Best of HDR Before And After

Thanks for making our Interactive HDR Before and After so popular!

To celebrate, here is the first ever “Best Of” post that showcases some of the most interesting and dramatic HDR before and after comparisons.

If these are not some of your favorites, please let me know. Remember to check out the original posts by following the links below. You can find cool info about each shot as well as a technical breakdown (Technical Mumbo Jumbo) about the specific software and techniques used in the post processing.

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Best of HDR Before and After #1

Windows in Time

This HDR Photo was shot in Beautiful Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. For the original post and technical mumbo jumbo, Click Here.

Best of HDR Before and After #2

Meteora – High Up Above

This HDR Photo was shot in The mountain spires of Meteora, Greece. For the original post and technical mumbo jumbo, Click Here.

Best of HDR Before and After #3

Sunset Over The Burj Al Arab

This HDR Photo was shot in Dubai, UAE. For the original post and technical mumbo jumbo, Click Here.

About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, videographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, public speaker, and highly skilled educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


As featured by Professional Photographer MagazineCNet Australia,, Wacom USA, and Fstoppers, Elia has built an engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across FacebookGoogle+TwitterInstagramYouTube, and Snapchat. Due to the years of dedication and genuine openness with his audience, he has become one of the most followed photographers in the world.


Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 55 countries, flown over one million miles, and collaborated with major companies, brands, countries, and tourism agencies all over the world.


Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing methods, Elia has developed a widely recognized and highly unique style of photography that has become well known around the world. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, beauty, depth and emotion. Many of his photos have been used in some of the most widely circulated publications in the world including National Geographic.


Throughout the journey, he shares the Art of Photography on many different websites including his popular blog, blamethemonkey.com, teaches post-processing workshops worldwide, speaks at major international photography conventions, and is proud to be one of the founders and leaders of Dream Photo Tours.

  • Excellent! I love the editing. How did you make these sliders? Please direct me to a tutorial if possible.

    Thank you…

    • Thanks Thamer! — I have a web buddy that helps me out with all the technical mumbo jumbo, so I don’t really know. Mostly, I just break the web.

      • david e

        come on blamethemonkey……maybe your friend can make a few bucks from selling this “slider” thing…how can we contact him ?

        • bill johnson

          The before/after slider was created by catchmyfame.com

  • I have never been a big fan of HDR since they usually look so unreal. The work you show here is brilliant because one cant make the post processing. I am your new follower.

  • Mike

    Now, this is the way HDR is supposed to be done. I wish more people could see this. Granted, if these were my images I would take down the color saturation a little, but that would be MY aesthetic choice.

    • Hey Mike, thanks for the great compliment! — I’ve always been a huge fan of bold & vivid colors. I like to think it’s because I ‘actually’ see things that way. =) — Maybe someone will invent ‘histogram’ sun glasses that can give me a visual luminance reading wherever I go. Then I can compare real life to my HDR Post Processing. (and hey, while the inventors are working on that, maybe they can invent a ‘real life’ undo button too. That would be sweet.)

      • Mike

        Hey, bounced across this with stumbleupon again. You are welcome for the compliment. Looking at your work, I can tell that you labor at the images you make. When I see HDR done poorly, usually it appears as though someone let the software make all the decisions and was relying on digital artifacts to add visual interest. So many people seem to want a “make it good” button in Photoshop or Photomatix, but you seem to really craft your images. Keep on being a craftsman making the hard decisions.

        I will leave you, and anyone else reading this, with a piece of advice I got from one of my mentors: Inspiration comes from doing the work. Cut corners and you will reduce your opportunities for brilliance.

  • david e

    come on …tell us who made this “slider ” thing…maybe your friend can make a few bucks by selling this …I’d like to have it !!

    • I’ll ask her about the HDR Before and After Slider and see what she has to say. — Are you savvy on web code mumbo jumbo? All I know is that the answer is: 42, though I’m no doubt asking the wrong question.

      • david e

        not savy at all….just a great way to show photos and would like to be able to do it. If she can write a program that I can download to my MAC , i’d certainly pay for it…and think others would also. Many photo programs have that as a way to look at your work in progress but can’t find someone to actually get it to me…your help will be appreciated !!!!

        • rotaiv

          I too am interested in the slider code for my own web page. I have my own HDR images and I would love to show case them in the same way. Any information you are willing to share would be greatly appreciated.

  • Love the before/after — never seen it so well displayed the benefit that good HDR can bring to a scene. Great work!

  • is there any way that i can do HDR without the bracketing feature in my dslr? like the (NEF (RAW) PROCESSING) in my dslr or something.. cause its kinda frustating that i cant do it because i really want to do HDR..

    P.S: if you reply it would be awesome and if you do so pls reply to my flickr account not to my email cause i barely open it…thank u so much..

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  • Stunning photos! The slider feature is really amazing as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • Didit Mehta Pariadi

    A great displays of HDR as a tool rather than a style. I really love the realistic HDR that makes people wonder: “is this HDR?, this is not like a painting?…” Great stuff

  • gerald aronson

    didnt know what HDR was till i stumbled across your site/instructions/guide/etc. WAS GREAT!!!
    Now a question…if I may?…
    Would compiling an HDR have the same effect if one was to do a multiple exposure? OR is it advisable to shoot say 3 individual pics and then do the “sandwich” thing to achieve the eventual finished HDR image?
    BTW I am a prof photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa.

    • Gerald,

      I’m not sure what you’re asking exactly. What do you mean by “compiling an HDR?

  • Nice work, You have a work shop coming up what is the price? Would love to go if the time works out

  • Hi Elia, I really enjoyed your website, next to all the technique, you have a great eye and great taste; and on top of everything, an awesome sense of humor. I liked the “lens cap off” reference in one of your posts. Hopefully are paths met one of these days. Maybe next time you are in NYC…

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  • Hi Elia, Absolutely love your Imagery and the way you ‘see’!
    Sorry I missed your tutorial in Sydney it would have answered a lot of my questions, keep doin’ what you do.
    Cheers from Australia.

    • Cheers to you as well mate! Hopefully I’ll make it back to OZ soon. 🙂

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  • Zachary

    I think the sliders are broken.

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  • ValenzTa

    Hi Elia, i can’t believe i just found this webpage. Your photography is amazing. I will check and learn here on the daily basis. Keep up the good work!

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