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The breath-taking HDR photos should be so impressive. When you want to find some free HDR images, you can either use HDR camera to take them by yourself or download some free HDR pictures from photo stock websites. You can find hundreds of stunning HDR photos in Shutterstock, which costs about US$10.00. The article provides top 10 websites that you can get HDR free and teach you how to make your own HDR photo with the professional HDR software.


Top 10 Websites You can Get Free HDR

1. Free HDRI – Pixabay

Pixabay Free HDR

Pixabay is not a free photo stock websites, but there are 650,000 of free high quality photos in June 2016, illustrations, vectors graphics and film footages, including hundreds of free HDR photos. In order to get the HDR free, you only have to register as the member of Pixabay first.

The interactive online community supporting 20 languages, to make the whole thing easy, you can use a public API (Application Programing Interface) to search for the free HDR images. Just search for HDR free or check the HDR photos under Creative Commons license CC0.

2. Free HDR - Pexels

Pexels Free HDR

Pexels provides free stock photos, but it is much famous for the Search Engine, that is, you are not only able to find free HDR from Pexels, but also other free stock photo websites. Just inform some tips more helpful, you are able to find the related free HDR websites from the information provided by Pexels.

When you search for free HDR photos or other photos, you can only find some free HDR photos from Pixabay or other websites. You might still have to find more HDR free from the original ones.

3. Free HDR - Freeimages

Freeimages Free HDR

Freeimages is a free photo stock with over 390,000 photos, including free HDR in different categories. Once you enter the HDR keyword, you can find cloud HDR, HDR sky, HDR landscape and other HDR category. The free HDR website provides hundreds of free HDR photos with some categories.

When you need to compare the best HDR effects, it should be the best place to search for free HDR in a certain category. You only easily find one HDR photo according to your requirement.

4. Free HDR - Skitterphoto

Skitterphoto Free HDR

Skitterphoto should be another place to get photo HDR free. Skitter photo might not be a large photo stock as Pexels or Pixabay, but Skitter Photo provides a whole category for Best Free HDR Photography. Just as the information, you can find the best ones in the category.

If you want to find the whole stock for free HDR, you can use click the tag of any free HDR photo to access to all the files. Just take full advantage of the free HDR stock of Skitterphoto.

5. Free HDR - Unsplash

Unsplash Free HDR

Unsplash is free photo stock provides many photos HDR free. But actually when you search for free HDR, you might not find a result. It is because of the tags for HDR is not available. You have a registration to add the tags for the uploaded photos.

Unsplash is a good platform for different collections and photographers. If you find some HDR photographers or related collections for HDR, you can find the free HDR accordingly.

6. Free HDR – HDRI Haven

HDRI Haven Free HDR

HDRI Haven is a website specializing on offering high quality HDR images for free without catch. All HDRIs in this website are CC0 (public domain) without paywalls, accounts or email spam. You can download any HDR photo in this website and use it as you wish. This website is established by Greg Zaal who is a CG artist and Open Source advocate. The free HDR pictures are categorized by different environment and let you easy to find the specific HDR photos you need.

All the free HDR photography in this HDRI Haven is 134 megapixels which is enough to give you crystal clear reflections. Besides, the HDRIs is up to 26 EVs of dynamic range and producing extremely realistic lighting.

7. Free HDR – HDRMAPS

HDRMAPS Free HDR

HDRMAPS.com, which is UK based company, is an online-shop offering highest quality CG texture including HDR and LDR sky domes, full spherical HDRI Maps and backplate pictures (mostly skies). There is a section named Freebies where you can get free HDR pictures. However, you need to know that you cannot redistribute or share any files found here. If you need it and want to share, simply link to a product page on hdrmaps.com. Besides royalty free images, licenses are not transferable.

8. Free HDR – Aversis 3D

Aversis Free HDR

Aversis 3D provides all kinds of goodies related to 3D computer graphics. It is well known source for free V-ray tutorials and HDRI maps which are the highest quality available on the Internet. Although it is not totally free for HDRIs, they are still in very reasonably priced. And in their HDIR section, they still offer some free HDR images. The most advantage of their HDR images would be high-quality with high resolution (10,000 x 5,000px), highest dynamic range, variation in lighting and scenes, optimized exposure and white balance, beautiful and useful environments and more.

9. Free HDR – HDRI-SKIES

HDRI Skies Free HDR

HDRI-SKIES is a growing service with high quality, full spherical HDR sky maps available in two versions. One is free for commercial and non-commercial used in 2k resolutions and another is paid in full resolution up to 20k HDIR skies with matching backplates in .dng and .jpg formats. HDRI-SKIES is focus on delivering very high quality different kind of HDRI maps, textures, panoramic images in one place for free and in a reasonable price. They try to provide new photos and interesting material every week to be published. The 360° HDRI SKIES category on the top menu will contain the free HDR sky for you to download free. Just add the image you like to the shopping cart and check out without paying a penny to get the download file. That is easy!

10. Free HDR – Textures

Textures Free HDR

Textures.com is a website not only offers free HDR images but also all sorts of digital pictures materials including fabrics, wood, metal, bricks, plastic and many more. It can offer 15 images for free every day to download. If you need more or bigger images, you may need to purchase a credit pack or a subscription. The website is established in 2005 and has more than 120,000 images and continues to increasing every week. Here in its categories, you can find HDR Skies and HDR Spheres where you can get free HDR photos.

Besides the above free HDR websites, some other websites also provides few HDR free, such as Barn Images, Fancycrave and more others. Just share with us if you know more.


How to Make Your Own Free HDR with Your Shot Photos

It is still the best option to take a desired HDR free by yourself if you have a HDR camera. You can use some free HDR software to merge for what you taken first. Let’s take WidsMob HDR for example and guide you how to make free HDR image by yourself.

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Step 1: Download and install the WidsMob HDR on your computer and launch it after installation. Click “File”> “Import” on the top menu to import two or three photos and let the program automatically merge the HDR effect of these photos.

Merge Free HDR Photo

Step 2: You can adjust the tone length, tone saturation, ghost suppression, brightness, saturation and contrast according to your need. And you can also change the HDR effect to other option.

Adjust Free HDR Effect

Step 3: After adjustment, you can click “File” > “Save as…” or “Print…” to output your own free HDR photo.

Save or Print Free HDR

You can also watch the video guide to get more detailed instruction:

It is easy, right? In this article we introduce you 10 great websites to download free HDR and also give you a tutorial on making your own free HDR images with professional HDR software. If you have any comment or suggestion, you can feel free to let me know.

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