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Old Aug 6, 2010, 1:55 PM   #1
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Since entering the monthly challenges I've thought about this idea and how it could be implemented so I hope people enjoy this and can be bothered to give it a go and if so who knows where it may lead .......

So ..... let's get people out of their comfort zone ! I see a few of us have tried dabbling in HDR so for this month the challenge for everyone is any HDR or Tone-Mapped shot.

To aid us all there are a few free HDR programs (some are 30 day free trials - so no problem if you have 'Trial' all over your entry !), some that can even apply a HDR effect even to a single shot, so you don't have to take a range of varying exposure shots.

MAC :
HDRtist (free)
Luminance HDR (free) http://qtpfsgui.sourceforge.net/about.php and tutorial here : http://garmahis.com/tutorials/hdr-tu...free-software/
Photomatix (free trial) http://www.hdrsoft.com/

PC :
Picturenaut (free - I wish they had this for the Mac ! ) http://www.hdrlabs.com/picturenaut/index.html
Photomatix (free trial) http://www.hdrsoft.com/
Luminance HDR (free) http://qtpfsgui.sourceforge.net/about.php
Gimp (free) http://www.gimp.org/ and tutorial here : http://garmahis.com/tutorials/hdr-tu...free-software/

Also if you already have it CS4/5 or Topaz Adjust I believe can apply HDR effects.

Other resources & information :
http://captainkimo.com/hdr-software-review-comparison
http://digitalphotographyclass.net/page/hdr.htm

The two shots below are examples that I posted in a thread a few days ago - both are made from ONE shot and pretty much the first real HDR shots I've tried.!

HDR can be applied to many types of shots from landscapes & vehicles to machinery, architecture, interiors and so on. So just give it a go on anything you fancy and lets see what works.

Good luck and have fun !
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Old Aug 6, 2010, 2:30 PM   #2
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Another trial software HDR program, available for both Mac and PC is DPHDR ( http://www.mediachance.com/hdri/index.html ). I played around with it a bit but found I got along better with Photomatix. However, I've seen lots of outstanding pictures posted by others using it, so if you are going to be trying out different HDR programs, it's well worth downloading.

Did you also include Martin Sykes's program? He's been working on one that tone-maps a single picture and it's free. Look at the HDR section of this bulletin board and you'll find his posts and a link to it.

There's another HDR program that I played with on my hubby's computer (while mine was in the shop) but I can't think of it's name now.
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Harriet - Thanks for reminding me of Martin's program, I forgot to include that one. Sorry Martin !

AutoHDR by Martin Sykes
- Create HDR style images from single JPEGS
- Download it for free at http://www.autohdr.co.uk
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Thank you also for writing the challenge as "tone-mapped OR HDR. Most people can do some HDR without specific software. My first HDR picture was two exposures, one for the sky and one for the reflection. Then I used layers and layer masks to block out the parts that weren't properly exposed on that layer. While tone mapping and HDR can go together, they don't have to. This can become a fun topic, all sorts of ways to explore it. Even with tone mapping there's all kinds of looks.
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Sounds like a good challenge to me.
I'm going to have to give this some thought....
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Oh boy, this is getting serious!
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Oh boy, this is getting serious!
Ha ha - not at all ! It's really easy Glen.

Download & install your preferred software, select a photo and ....... Voila ! All done ! It's amazingly simple with most programs and the results can be astonishing and great fun.
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I'll put this in for starters - I may change it later. Reminds me of a Cadillac advertisement from the 1950's when flying was a luxury, too

3 bracketed images @ 0.7stops in HDRtist, K7, Sigma 10-20mm.

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Here's my starter also. Change it later. Oregon coast rainsquall.
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I took a picture that had been exposed automatically and the spray was well exposed but everything else was not. I made three copies of the picture, each one a little brighter than the one before. Then I used Oloneo software and merged the three. The software allowed quite a wide range of tweaking and this is what came out. Taken with the istDL and DA 50-200.


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