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Old Nov 17, 2009, 1:12 PM   #11
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Hi again!

#1 and #2 really look much better now, a bit closer to natural than the first edit.

It's quite easy really, you can adjust as much as you want, but never make the blue in the sky looking black. If it's black, it's overdone, simple as that.

If you are using Dynamic-Photo HDR, try another ToneMapping-methode. I guess you have been using the "Ultra Contrast"-method which give very dramatic changes to all of your values.

I Usually go with "Eye Catching"-method ...
- but turn off "VividColor" alltogether down to 0.00 AND lower "ColorSaturation" down to about 0.70 (instead of the default of 1.0) as HDR ususally turns out very vivid and strong colors anyway.

...Or I go with "Smooth Compressor"-method, depending on the type of photo and motive. The last one gives you the most natural look.

Anyway, I wish you and your wife all the luck and keep on shooting!

"My" # 3 is not so different from what you made the second time around. I just turnet the picture upside-down...


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Old Nov 17, 2009, 1:54 PM   #12
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Hi again!

#1 and #2 really look much better now, a bit closer to natural than the first edit.

It's quite easy really, you can adjust as much as you want, but never make the blue in the sky looking black. If it's black, it's overdone, simple as that.

If you are using Dynamic-Photo HDR, try another ToneMapping-methode. I guess you have been using the "Ultra Contrast"-method which give very dramatic changes to all of your values.

I Usually go with "Eye Catching"-method ...
- but turn off "VividColor" alltogether down to 0.00 AND lower "ColorSaturation" down to about 0.70 (instead of the default of 1.0) as HDR ususally turns out very vivid and strong colors anyway.

...Or I go with "Smooth Compressor"-method, depending on the type of photo and motive. The last one gives you the most natural look.

Anyway, I wish you and your wife all the luck and keep on shooting!

"My" # 3 is not so different from what you made the second time around. I just turnet the picture upside-down...


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My wife and I would sometimes sit for hours running our pictures through DPHDR. But we would just click through the different Tone Mapping methods without changing defaults and pick the one we think looks best -- usually Eye-Catching and Ultra-Contrast followed by Smooth-Compressor.

Sometimes when alone I would slide the controls -- saturation, vivid color, etc. -- but without a second pair of eyes I can't decide. I like your tips especially about the black-sky. They are very practical and easy to remember. Thank you!

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