Color range of HDR photography without HDR?

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  1. dstaley

    dstaley TPF Noob!

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    What are the techniques I can use to get the color range of an HDR photo without actually doing an HDR shot? I'm not into the freaky over-the-top coloring commonly found in HDRIs, but I just want the colors to look the same digitally as they did when I took the shot.

    Here is my first HDR where I tried to achieve that goal:
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    What I like about this photo is that I was able to get the proper coloring of the clouds without losing the color of the houses.
     
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    Sorry what is the question? You were asking how to get it saturated, or how to get it natural looking which you achieved with your photo anyway ?
     
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    i'm interested in this also.
    and dstaley, very good on your HDR, better than what i can do.
    can you tell me what programs you used?
     
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    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    for a truly excellent tutorial on HDR in book form, get Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography by Ferrell McCollough
     
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    HDR's are always so over-saturated. What I do is load the processed file into Photoshop, then make a saturation adjustment layer. Move the saturation slider all the way to 0 (B&W) and slowly start bringing it back until it looks right.

    Also I find that you pretty much have to always work on the sky separately from the rest of your photo.
     
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    Basically, you start off with a properly exposed image for the scene, then you can carefully adjust it with the curves option in PS. You may have to selectively do this if there is a big discrepancy between highlights and shadows.
     
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    Anyone have a good tutorial or link that explains curves and how to read them and make adjustments?
     
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    Not all of them. The HDRs that I enjoy the most are the ones you can't tell are HDR at all. Like this one. The photograph is nothing spectacular, but the HDR is subtle and natural looking.
     

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