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Old May 9, 2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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Found this free download today and made a first attempt at using it. Does it look like it's worth using? Its called "Fusion 2.2".
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Old May 9, 2012, 1:46 PM   #2
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Very nice job Street. The highlight on the wall switch plate would normally be blown out but I see details in it. Well done.
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Old May 9, 2012, 9:03 PM   #3
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Bynx, I forgot to mention that this was a single image that I started with. I always thought you needed two or three for true HDR. This software DOES handle multiple images as well.
I will have to play with this a while as there are many adjustments available.
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I hope it was at least a raw file that you used. For true HDR you do need at least more than 1 image to capture the dynamic range of any given scene. That is if the scene has some extreme range from lightest to darkest.
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Bynx, this was a three exposure merge. I had it confused with another one that I was working with of one of the three. Sorry for my confusion. Thanks for your replies. This has been my first attempt at HDR. By the way, do you happen to know of the ideal EV offsets to use?
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If there isnt anything really bright or really dark in your scene then 3 shots 1 fstop apart should be good. As the bright areas increase then the range increases and more shots will be necessary -- usually 1 fstop apart.
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Thank you sir. I have been using two stops. Tomorrow I will use your method.
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This HDR business requires a bit of OJT to understand what you're doing. I did this today and the software works very well.
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Looks good but I think the shadows need more details. The sky doesnt show halos around the trees which is good.
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This one was made from two shots: One was two f stops down and the other was two stops up. The final image was 11 MB and much nicer than what reducing to this forums parameters allows.
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