Once you’ve captured your images it’s time to perform magic on the computer. Modern HDR programs shave hours off the time it used to take the photographer to manually blend images together in Photoshop, and days off the time it took to achieve similar results in the darkroom. There are many options in HDR programs out there, and they all operate a little differently. All however can produce both surreal and realistic results. As previously mentioned, the surreal look is relatively easy to achieve without any coaching. Creating a realistic image is somewhat more of a challenge. In this section I’ll show you how prepare and process your images using the Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, and Photomatix.