HDR and Photomatix Tone-mapping Plug-in

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  1. jamesino

    jamesino TPF Noob!

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    What is the purpose of tone-mapping an image with, for example, Photomatix's Photoshop Tone Mapping plug-in when one has already created several bracketed RAW exposures?

    If I was to use the plug-in to tone map a 5-shot HDR image, how would the result compare with a single mediumly exposed tone mapped RAW shot?
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    ann No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    it shifts the color palette.

    and there is a difference with one exposure rather than several.
     
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    I havn't monkied with Photomatix much. I don't like HDR enought to buy the program and their free trial leaves a disgusting WM. From what little experiance I have with it, I do know there is a rather noticeable difference between the two images.
     
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    ann No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    this is my personal opinion, but i think too many people connect tone mapping with HDR all the time, and they can be used separately.

    an image taken with more than one expsoure can be blended to maintain both the shadow detail and highlight details without creating a shift in strange looking colors.

    it can be toned mapped which will create a whole different look and a shift in color .
     

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