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Old Jan 19, 2010, 11:55 AM   #1
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Are you using Autobracketing, or are you setting your exposures manually? I've done some autobracketing ones, and used photoshop do make the HDR, but not getting what I want, like I see in other's HDRS....

I want that realistic, but fake feel, like seen in these posts...

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Old Jan 19, 2010, 11:58 AM   #2
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Or these:
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Also, should I be in RAW format? Because I just saw something online saying that they use RAW, but I am at the JPG format the camera was set at...
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Old Jan 19, 2010, 12:10 PM   #4
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you can do HDR from jpeg just fine. how exactly are you bracketing your shots?

i really don't like the HDR function in Photoshop. I would try one of the aftermarket programs, i find they work much better.

you can try photomatix free from here
http://www.hdrsoft.com/

also, there is a freeware one, i forget the name JimC mentioned. and then there is dynamic hdr, etc. any of these stand-alone products should do better than photoshop.
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I use auto-bracketing all the time, sometimes taking two bracketed sets (for a total of 2 x 3 auto-bracketed images = 6 images) with the shutter speed adjusted once between the two bracketed sets for a wider range of exposures. I do this out of convenience.

But then again, my HDR-results aren't as good as Walter's (IMO) who undoubtedly uses a different method.

Also, this might be a minor point, I shoot a lot of landscapes and for those few times that I use a tripod and manually change my camera's settings, by the time I'm done changing settings after each shot, the clouds have moved significantly. So (again) my solution is auto-bracketing where the shots are taken in quick succession.

I hope this helps.

Your images are astounding, BTW. EDIT: Oops -- I think you're using someone else's car pics as samples and they're not yours?

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if the photos from "or these" are not your own, you should not post them here on the forums, instead provide a link to their original location so you do not violate the copyrights of the photographers. also as just a common courtesy. thanks.
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I always use the auto-bracketing-function to shoot the single-shots for my HDR's - mostly with -2/0/+2, only JPG (I think that's OK)

On my PC I've got to programs to create HDR's - Photomatix on one and Dynamic Photo HDR on the other hand. Both are really good - you can download trial versions of them and play around a little bit to see what you may prefer (just google them).

BTW, looking at alle the stunning pics in this HDR forum or the shots that vvcarpio and Walter_S did can be really inspirational
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I hope you can understand this because Im not sure if I do. My camera (Fuji S700) has 8 fstop choices and 36 shutterspeed choices per fstop. When I have determined the correct setting for my average shot I then manually over and under expose each shot in 3 click intervals of the shutter speed. I do this until I cover the range of the photo. I may be wrong but I feel 3 shots are usually never enough and more like 6 or 7 is common. Auto bracketing just doesnt cover the range in my opinion. I would really like to try shooting in RAW and using that file to do the HDR. That way I would be able to get people or moving objects as HDR instead of just buildings and trees. Id really appreciate it if someone could make available a RAW file of a scene with movement like people or traffic that I could try HDR with. Id like to see the difference. Thanking that someone in advance.

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if the photos from "or these" are not your own, you should not post them here on the forums, instead provide a link to their original location so you do not violate the copyrights of the photographers. also as just a common courtesy. thanks.
yeah these are not mine.. I appologize.
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yeah these are not mine.. I appologize.
no problem, i edited them out for you.

it is not a problem to show examples from others for illustrative purposes, just link us there, so the author can get his credit
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