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Old Oct 28, 2010, 12:37 PM   #1
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Default First HDR try with my new FZ100

Hi,

I just recieved my FZ100 yesterday and today I had some time for it.

Somehow I managed to get sharp pictures in good light conditions with ISO set to 100; but still searching for the best low light settings.

I love the video mode; it's great..

Anyway, I am really new into HDR photography so I don't know anything about it but got all my thoughts on it.

Can any of you please tell me the best settings for HDR photography? When shooting with Auto Bracketing. Which stop is the best to set? +- 1/3 ; +- 2/3 ; +-1 ... which one is the best for sharp results?

Here is my first HDR picture (Made in Photomatrix with 3 photos):


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Old Oct 28, 2010, 6:12 PM   #2
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Really Nice...
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Old Oct 28, 2010, 7:23 PM   #3
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Wow, that really looks good - quite unnatural, but really artistic.
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Old Oct 29, 2010, 7:32 AM   #4
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Hi Devotee, in the following links you will find some of my hdr work with my FZ35. You can scroll down (in the first link) to find a quick tutorial i've write my self.
One thing you have to know is the more exposures with small Ev spacing the better the result in terms of noise, details and dynamic range.
Your first try it's a bit over the top,try to desaturate a bit the colours and turn down the strenght in Photomatix to get a more natural look IMHO.
Good luck!

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...work-fz35.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...test-hdrs.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...r-my-fz35.html

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Old Oct 29, 2010, 3:32 PM   #5
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Firstly thanks to all who liked my first HDR try.

Dear Edufloyd,

I have visited the galeries you've mentioned above maybe for hundred times.

You made me love HDR Photography.

I read again your guide, I did everything as mentioned on the guide.

I think I am bad at photomatix.

Can you please save your settings in photomatix and send me the settings file; so I can use the same with you?

Somehow my photos are not clear..
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Old Oct 29, 2010, 11:00 PM   #6
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Firstly thanks to all who liked my first HDR try.

Dear Edufloyd,

I have visited the galeries you've mentioned above maybe for hundred times.

You made me love HDR Photography.

I read again your guide, I did everything as mentioned on the guide.

I think I am bad at photomatix.

Can you please save your settings in photomatix and send me the settings file; so I can use the same with you?

Somehow my photos are not clear..


Thanks for your words Devotee!
I've upload two pics of my Photomatix settings. Of course the setting are different for each photo but more or less these settings are what i normally use.
I then post process the tone mapped image in PS using layer curves, contast, brightness, denoise and sharpen (i always use unsharp mask) and finally two "magic" filters i use: NIK COLOR EFEX PRO 3 and TOPAZ ADJUST 4. Sometimes i do some blending using one of the original exp or i do the blending using the tone mapped image and an exposure fusion one.
Hope that this helps you and hope that you can understand my English too
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Old Oct 30, 2010, 1:51 AM   #7
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That's wild.
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Which preset is your favourite in NIK COLOR EFEX PRO 3?
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Which preset is your favourite in NIK COLOR EFEX PRO 3?
In order of preference....

Tonal contrast
Pro contrast
Darken/lighten
Cross balance


All of them used in separate layers with about 50% of opacity

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In English, please!!!...LOL

Boy, I really need to start dedicating some time to learning some of these photo editor programs...it all sounds foreign to me!
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