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Old Mar 21, 2015, 7:26 PM   #1
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When I first tried to make some HDR pictures, the results were horrible - as you probably saw. However, I've since tried Photomatix Essentials, and the more I use Photomatix Essentials the better I like it. I especially like the way it can rescue deeply shadowed parts from a single exposure.

Some people say that process isn't "real" HDR, but to my mind it's a distinction without a difference.

Here for example are two pictures. The first is a single picture with somewhat deep shadows. The second is the same picture after processing it with Photomatix Elements.
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Old Mar 26, 2015, 7:01 PM   #2
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Much better, but I think you could improve it by using a denoising program like Neat Image before doing the HDR.

It's free for evaluation; why not give it a shot and see?

The composition is kinda unusual, but I like the way the fish points to the rock, after which the eye is led to that little flower, the color of which echoes the spots on the fish.
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single click (from original) 'auto levels' using Digital Image Pro 9

total time spent = 90 seconds incl. copy, save, and post

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bernabeu - your improvement to the picture encourages me to follow your advice. I'm going to give it a try.
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IMO:

HDR, unless used for a specific industrial or commercial application, looks unrealistic.
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