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Old Oct 23, 2010, 2:27 AM   #241
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Bold seems to work best for these, but I did try other settings...This little program seems as good to me as some of the commercial ones available.
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Old Oct 23, 2010, 2:35 AM   #242
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It is absolutely amazing on winter scenes.



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Putting a single image through your software is definately an improvement. But what exactly is going on? Its not HDR. But people are calling the look HDR. Is this just strictly tone mapping which people are confusing as HDR?
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Putting a single image through your software is definately an improvement. But what exactly is going on? Its not HDR. But people are calling the look HDR. Is this just strictly tone mapping which people are confusing as HDR?
It's the distinction between an 'HDR Image' and the 'HDR Look' which is important and is largely misunderstood.

If you take an HDR image and tone map it in one way then all you do is reduce the bit-depth without creating the 'HDR Look'. Converting a 14-bit RAW into an 8-bit jpeg is a good example of this type of mapping. Both images look basically the same.

The 'HDR Look' comes from using more sophisticated mapping which is variable across the image. AutoHDR and Photomatix are attempting exactly the same task in this respect.

So basically, AutoHDR creates the 'HDR Look' from an 8-bit or 16-bit original image. Photomatix creates the 'HDR Look' from a 24-bit or higher original image. Technically Photomatix is starting with an HDR image and AutoHDR isn't - but by the time they've finished and converted it into something you can display, neither is an 'HDR Image' but both have the 'HDR Look'.

What we really need is another name for that 'HDR Look' which really has nothing to do with HDR.
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...This little program seems as good to me as some of the commercial ones available.
Thanks sans. You certainly seem to be getting some nice results from it.
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 4:33 PM   #246
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I can't thank you enough Martin...I am having a good time going through my photos just to see what pops out...For instance I really liked this shot, but it needed a boost.



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And a boost it got. Great job. Far superior to original.
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 11:11 PM   #248
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I was particularly amazed at the improvement in the detail of the artist's hand.
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No doubt. Thats what caught my eye. Very 3D like.
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Still playing with older photos...This one of a Spotted Owl was way too dark....

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