Still playing with HDR

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Father McKenzie, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. Father McKenzie, Feb 15, 2008
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    Elmore Guest

    I'm interested in giving HDR a try so some details would be nice too. I'm
    still using Photoshop CS and I don't have HDR software. I'd like to see the
    images you combined to get your final image along with the exposure
    differences. What kinds of software have you used? Some HDR images have a
    more realistic look (such as your example) while others cam vary from a
    painted look to the surreal. Are these differences due more to software or
    processing techniques?

    Any starting out tips would be appreciated.
    Elmore, Feb 15, 2008
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    Marcin Guest

    If you use Photoshop CS you can find HDR option here: File ->Automate ->
    Merge to HDR.
    I recommend Photomatix Pro to you.
    Here are the HDR photos I did with Photomatix.

    Best Regards
    Marcin Gorgolewski
    Marcin, Feb 15, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Software is irrelevant. I use HDR to get proper exposures of both highlights
    and shadows. The idea is to set your camera on a tripod and take a series of
    exposures. You then merge the images so that your highlight and shadow areas
    are properly exposed. You can get this effect by using each exposure as a
    layer, then masking and adjusting the density. The merge to HDR feature
    provides a starting point that saves you a lot of work. I find that most
    results have to be further adjusted. YMMV
    There are some who further play with HDR to get artistic effects they like.
    Others may claim the exaggerated effects are not photography. I will not get
    into that issue. If the artist likes it, that's all that's important. If a
    client likes it and pays for it, so much the better.

    Have fun and don't let the snobbery stand in the way of your of photography.
    Peter, Feb 15, 2008
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    Elmore Guest

    I have Photoshop CS - not CS 2 or CS 3. What I find is:
    File->Automate->Photomerge. That opens a dialogue box asking you to choose
    two or more files to create a panorama composition. I can't find a
    reference to HDR. I suspect you have one of the later versions of Photoshop

    I have a new computer with Windows Vista and it will not run CS so I will be
    upgrading to CS 3 soon.

    I'll take a look at Photomatix. Thanks for you help.
    Elmore, Feb 15, 2008
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    Elmore Guest

    Thanks Peter. I have tried the process with layers and layer masks that you
    mention. It is a lot of work. Generally I try to solve the problem with
    graduated neutral density filters even though those puppies aren't exactly
    cheap. When I get the CS 3 upgrade I will give HDR another try.
    Elmore, Feb 15, 2008
  7. I find Photomatix gives far superior HDR results that Photoshop.
    You have more control over how the final image appears.
    \(not quite so\) Fat Sam, Feb 15, 2008
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    corks Guest

    i found this site - might be helpful for you ???
    corks, Feb 16, 2008
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    Nick Angelow Guest

    check these links:

    o The High Dynamic Range (HDR) Landscape Photography Tutorial

    o Photomatix (
    Nick Angelow, Feb 16, 2008
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    Marcin Guest

    Especially Photomatix Pro,
    you can choose between HDR Tone Maping and Exposure Blending,
    you can work with batch processing too.

    best wishes
    Marcin, Feb 16, 2008
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    Elmore Guest

    Thanks for the links. Naturescapes is great and Photomatix seems to be the
    top choice in software.
    Elmore, Feb 18, 2008
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    Nick Angelow Guest

    you welcome
    Nick Angelow, Feb 18, 2008
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    The One Guest

    And foreground interest.

    I'm sorry HDR will always look unreal and unnatural, use filters instead or
    blend bracketed shots manually.

    Letting a pc decide on whats best doesn't work!

    You are the photographer YOU do the processing.
    The One, Mar 5, 2008
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    The One Guest

    Yes don't bother, the results are crap. Instead learn blending techniques
    and filters.

    HDR is for lazy photographers and lazy image processors!
    The One, Mar 5, 2008
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    The One Guest

    Yes and not one of them looks believable.

    Amazes me why you have HDRed images which fall between the camera sensors
    dymanic range. Don't you know what you're doing?
    The One, Mar 5, 2008
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    The One Guest

    Yes and let the PC processor decide what is what!

    Blending techniques take longer admittedly that pressing a button, but the
    results are far far better and ten time more realistic and believable.
    The One, Mar 5, 2008
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    The One Guest

    Jeez, next you will be telling me you spend 5 hours at a time taking the
    damn photos, and begrudge spending time actually processing them! And
    processing them properly at that!

    Why trust your day long field trips with a 1 second press of a piece of
    softwares button?
    The One, Mar 5, 2008
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    Cats Guest

    I see your manners haven't improved while you've been absent.
    Cats, Mar 5, 2008
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    Pete D Guest

    I think you are missing the point of HDR (bad name really) , it is a
    technique used to get a particular end result, not to produce something that
    looks like what the photographer saw when he pressed the shutter.
    Pete D, Mar 5, 2008
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    Pudentame Guest

    They're not mutually exclusive. HDR is just another tool in the toolbox.
    Pudentame, Mar 5, 2008
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