About this tutorial:
Everyone loves HDR photos it seems. However they can be a pain to take and sometimes the lighting conditions don't allow for the best exposures. Take for example the photo used in this tutorial. With the sun setting, clouds rolling and still wanting to get a long exposure to smooth out the ocean waters. Its easier to just take one photo and edit it in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. For this tutorial I will show you how to use Lightroom 5 to lower the highlights and bring up the shadows in a way that we can great a sudo HDR look without the need for HDR software.
The photo in this tutorial was taken of Butuan Bay during a low tide here in the Philippines. This is one of the many photos I have taken between rain showers. This particular one was me trying to take a photo of the sun setting over the western side of the island. However the rain quickly ran me away before the suns final moments. I used my Canon EOS 70D and EF-S 10-22mm USM Lens to take this photo. The camera settings used for this were f/11, 1sec, ISO100 and at 10mm (16mm full-frame) focal length.