HDR Backgrounds

We have collections of HDR (High Dynamic Range) images available for personal, commercial, or commissioned art licensing. Our backgrounds let you kick up your portraiture work to separate yourself from others. We have found that our high dynamic portraits let us distinguish ourselves as the cool studio in town for the senior pictures market.

You can view our complete collection of HDR images by visiting HDR Background Image Gallery and Shopping Cart. We have hundreds of HDR images that are distributed electronically so they are available for immediate download upon purchase.

Sample Images

Here is a few of our HDR images...

5756x3839 Abandoned burned down building near Georgetown Kentucky

3348x4200 Galloway Iron Bridge in Scott County Kentucky

5759x3839 Galloway Iron Bridge in Scott County Kentucky

4454x3215 An abandoned mill in Georgetown Kentucky


Our tutorials are a work in progress, but here is what we have in mind to offer...


The process of creating dynamic portraits comprises of 3 steps.

  1. Photography your subject in studio on a neutral background
  2. You extract your subject in photoshop
  3. You place your subject on the HDR background.

While the steps seem simple, there is some art to this in order to know how to light your subject, the best ways to extract, and finally how to merge the subject and background so they look amazing.

How to photograph in studio for HDR portraits

This tutorial will give you detailed information on how to photograph and light your subject in the studio so they will look amazing on HDR images.

How to extract images

There seems like there are a million ways to extract images in photoshop. We will show you how you can do it yourself.

How to meld the images together using textures to produce a final product

Here is where the art really starts to happen. In this tutorial we will show you how we meld the two images together using textures so that the resulting image is killer!

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

We only want happy, raving fans of our HDR backgrounds. If you are not satisfied for any reason, we will refund your money. No Questions Asked! What could be more fair than that?


If you have any questions, problems or suggestions, please email me at michael@JamesCookPhotography.com. Happy HDRing.