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Old Apr 10, 2012, 1:11 AM   #1
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Default First try on HDR enhanced pictures on E-PL1

This is my first posting on the Olympus Micro 4/3 forum. I took my newly acquired E-PL1 out to a test drive by public transportation. I bought this refurbished camera for $200 from Cameta Camera on Ebay. I have many cameras in my collection, but bought it anyway since I never owned an Olympus. This nifty little camera is packed with a lot of features which I like and plan to take it along on my next long trip. The pictures were enhanced by AutoHDR.
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Old Apr 10, 2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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Mmm, what is auto HDR?
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James,

Auto HDR is software that creates a High Dynamic Range composite picture from one or multiple pictures. In basic terms you tell the camera to take the same picture three times with exposure bracketing on, one is under, one is over and one is normally exposed. The software then combines the three images to create a single image where the highlights are not over blown and the low lights are more detailed.

WCKSer - welcome to the group - I like the last image the best, the middle is too orange/yellow for me. Did you use exposure bracketing in sequential shooting mode? Also what lens did you use? (I am guessing the kit lens was used).
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Old Apr 10, 2012, 5:00 PM   #4
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[QUOTE=ramcewan;1295322]James,

Auto HDR is software that creates a High Dynamic Range composite picture from one or multiple pictures. In basic terms you tell the camera to take the same picture three times with exposure bracketing on, one is under, one is over and one is normally exposed. The software then combines the three images to create a single image where the highlights are not over blown and the low lights are more detailed.

Is the HDR software built into the PL-2? I know about bracketing but I don't believe I read anything about HDR in the manual.
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HDR is all post processing. Olympus viewer does have HDR functionality but I have never used it. If you check the HDR forum here you will see the other two are dynamic hdr and photomatix - both I think have trial versions available.
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Old Apr 10, 2012, 7:57 PM   #6
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AutoHDR is a freeware written by Martin Sykes of UK and is available for download. This program is getting better and better with each update. It is a simple program with a lot going for it. All you need need is one picture and you will be able to make HDR pictures. I have not used any other HDR programs, but I like this one because it is easy to use.

The original middle picture was very orange all around, that was what caught my eyes. Take a look at the attached file.
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I increased the highlight and reduced the color of the second picture to get the following:
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The images in the original post look very natural. Not at all the obvious HDR look I just do not care for at all.

Nice stuff.
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Yes, the pictures do look natural. In fact, that is the way I like it. The colors are not quite meet the conventional look of a HDR pictures. Since I did use AutoHDR to process them, I can't say they are not HDR even they looked like normal pictures. Perhaps, I did not do a good job and certainly room for improvement. Thanks for the critique!
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The first pic looks oversaturated to a point where it affects sharpness. Note the difference in the liquor sign between pics.
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