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Old Jul 27, 2011, 9:10 AM   #11
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I'm curious about HDR... if you're shooting in RAW, couldn't that one file be used to make up the other needed exposure shots?
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 10:37 AM   #12
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Hi Ted,
............... ....... I agree with you it takes a bit of time getting a feel for applying enough microcontrast and luminance adjustments without "overcooking" the image.

The tendency for most users new to the HDR process, is to really juice up the colors, saturation and contrast ending up with a garrish image. I was guilty of that as well. I like to think that I've improved in that department so that the details of the landscape, sky and water are enhanced without looking artificial.
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Zig: you have obviously mastered the art of your HDR process, as the results speak for themselves.

For those of us who are not PP masters, I would like to recommend a free program available from a regular on Steve's forums. Martin Sykes offers a free HDR program called Auto HDR that is a quick automatic HDR adjustment for any single photograph. I had previously tried it last year on a few shots and was very pleased with the ease of use and the simple improvement without giving it an "overcooked" look.

Now I must admit that since I don't spend too much time on PP, and being old and senile, I forgot all about it until Zig's post. I'm going to find the time to dig out some old shots and run them thru the Auto HDR software.
Anyway, the program is available for free at:
http://www.autohdr.co.uk/
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Zig, for sure you have learned how to do it. I was never interested in HDR until you started showing that it could be done well. Ted
True that! Most people tend to overdo and the pics turn out really garish. Sometimes it works for upbeat ads but generally 'not'.



(a : excessively or disturbingly vivid <garish colors> <garish imagery> b : offensively or distressingly bright : glaring. 3. : tastelessly showy : flashy)

Or all of the above.

(edit) Hmm, That autohdr looks like a fun toy and I might try it, when I have time. But it would obviously fall short of having multiple shots. Interesting that their 3rd example is also an example of garish!

(edit again) I do go on don't I. Old farts problems. Just realized I've stayed in that town and put up a photo here taken of a thatched rooved house immediately on the left. It's Battle (yeh, that's the name) where the battle that changed the course of Englands history was fought in 1066.
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 12:36 PM   #14
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That second image is just sublime. Really neat.
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 1:36 PM   #15
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(edit) Hmm, That autohdr looks like a fun toy and I might try it, when I have time. But it would obviously fall short of having multiple shots.
Yeah, it does seem to me that if one were to work on HDR, you may as well use multiple shots and do it right. US$40 for the Photomatix Lite seems very reasonable to me.

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Thanks guys for the support. I really do appreciate it.

Although, you can actually play with a RAW image and copy and save the image as many times as you want, with each copy, having the exp value increased by .3, I find that my results are definitely better with me taking a 5 frame burst and the exp bracketed by.3.

And yes Ted, @ $40 , Photomatix light is a great deal.
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That second image is just sublime. Really neat.
Hi Greg,

Thanks. sometimes I get lucky and have the presence of mind to grab the camera, hop in my car, and actually have a plan as to what I want to shoot.

As a good friend of mine says; even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.

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Old Jul 27, 2011, 6:11 PM   #18
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@ $40 Photomatix light is a great deal.
It can get even better. Go to http://hdrsoftware.com/
where they have a 15% discount code for the major HDR apps, so if that works you can get Photomatix Lite for $34.

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Very well done...!

An HDR picture should be like that, very natural look.
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