3. Deghost, if necessary.
After you’ve merged photos, some areas may appear slightly transparent. You can correct these anomalies with deghosting in the Lightroom HDR merge menu. Start with the Low setting, and if that doesn’t work, move to the higher settings. Avoid using if your preview is free of ghosting artifacts. “If I’m shooting traffic, I have my deghosting set to high so I can see all the headlights,” says Rashid. “But if I’m not shooting traffic, I usually have no deghosting on.”
HDR works best when it’s subtle. Heavily processed images can look unrealistic and overly saturated, so use a light touch. Watch out for halos or other signs of overprocessing, and pull back on the contrast and clarity if you need to. Avoid shooting scenes that have fast-moving objects like people or traffic.
Create bracketed HDR photos on your phone.
“If you take photos in Lightroom mobile, you can use Photo Merge to compress multiple images with different exposure levels. The photo files are DNG files, and they are processed in the app to create one single HDR image. (Note that not all smartphones have the capability to process DNG files.)