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Old May 6, 2010, 1:00 PM   #1
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Default My HDR work with the FZ35

I would like to share with you some of my HDRs. I'm getting adicted with this technique. It's incredible how many details you can get merging many exposures compared to the middle one.
Hope you like it!
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Old May 6, 2010, 1:02 PM   #2
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Another ones..
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Old May 6, 2010, 1:18 PM   #3
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very nice pictures. good work.
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Some of my stuff on vimeo (all shot with an FZ-35):
The tree: www.vimeo.com/11345662
with LC55 macro lens: www.vimeo.com/13884313
Zeeland: www.vimeo.com/14488204
The old mill: www.vimeo.com/14577326
autoHDR: www.vimeo.com/15797552
soccer kids: www.vimeo.com/17208358
christmas lights: www.vimeo.com/17912783

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i just tried, but the lights are yellow sodium, and I have really poor Photomatix skills and zero other processing skills LOL.

Anyways....





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Here is one I took today. I used Qtpfsgui 1.9.3 tonemapping parameters:
Operator: Fattal
Parameters:
Alpha: 0.1
Beta: 0.8
Color Saturation: 1
Noise Reduction: 0
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PreGamma: 1

This is my first attempt at using Qtpfsgui and I thought this was a cool effect on an otherwise boring picture! This could be really addicting once i learn how to use it!


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edufloyd, can you educate us on how to do it right? Your shots are amazing....and you have many willing students here
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Old May 7, 2010, 8:24 AM   #7
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edufloyd, can you educate us on how to do it right? Your shots are amazing....and you have many willing students here
Thanks dropmyload!!
My English's poor so i hope you can understand..

In general terms to get an hdr you have to shoot various exposures (the number of shots depends on the dynamic range of the subject, but in good light conditions with three it's enough), one overexposed at +2 EV, the middle one at 0 EV an the last underexposed at -2 EV. The idea is to capture the whole range of light with those shots (to prevent blown highlights and clipped shadows) using a tripod of course to avoid shaking. I always set the self timer to 2sec every time i shoot.

-Choose a scenery with difference between highlight and shadows
-Put the camera on a tripod
-Set the camera on A mode
-set the ISO to 80 (this is REALLY important)
-Turn off auto white balance (use custom WB according to the situation)
-Turn off POWER O.I.S
-Choose the aperture (try to use the large f number possible to get everything in focus. Between 4 and 8)
-Set auto exposure bracketing at +-1 EV, then set the exposure compensation to -1 EV and shoot, getting this way -2EV, -1EV and 0EV. Then set the exposure compensation to +1EV, shoot, and you'll get 0, +1 and + 2 EV. Erase the doubled shots. The result will be: -2,-1,0,+1,+2 EV
If i need to to go wider i use the camera in M mode changing the shutter speed manually.
Once i get the exposures i use a software called Photomatix Pro to merged and tone mapping the shots.
The tone mapping it's an important part of the workflow. You have many sliders to move and it depends on each image. You have to try moving one by one to see the effect produced till you get what you desire.
The resulting image often has a "wash/soft look" so you have to postproduce with some photo editor. I use CS3 to correct the balance colour, contrast, colours, etc. Sometimes i blend the HDR with one of the original images to get a more natural look.

I hope this quick tutorial (with my poor English) can helps you, but the best way to learn is to try and try and try!

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edufloyd-

Thank you very much for a very nice selection of HDR photos taken with the FZ-35. They are all very well done. Thanks also for the mini-tutorial on HDR.

dropmyload-

The problem with your photos was that you failed to adjust the WB to the incandescent or tungsten preset or used a custom WB. That caused to overall yellow appearance to your photos.

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Thank you very much for a very nice selection of HDR photos taken with the FZ-35. They are all very well done. Thanks also for the mini-tutorial on HDR.

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Thanks so much for your words Sarah
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Edufloyd, your photo's are truely awesome and thank you for the HDR guidelines.
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