HDR help :(.

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  1. dxb photo

    dxb photo TPF Noob!

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    Hey guys,

    I'm struggling getting my HDR's to look right. Here are 2 HDR's of my bike but the really don't look right, both pictures where took mid day. So please don't hold back and tell me what I'm doing wrong and why they suck.

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  2. Bynx

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    They arent that bad. But you perhaps should have moved your Highlight Slider to the right more and it would get rid of that halo around the trees. Then give your exposure a bit of a darkening. Its your composition I have a problem with. The trees in the background completely obscure the handlebar outline in the first shot. Since the subject is your bike, its too far to the left. Why not center the bike more or at least have the extra background space in front of the bike instead of in the rear. Both shots have the impression the bike moved from right to left across frame on the wheel chair and you got the shots just before it moved out of frame. Looking again, the detailing on the bike is very good as well as the brick tiles, particularly in the first shot. In fact your first shot settings are more desirable than the second.
     
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    I think the entire scene is not working for you, a more suitable location would be where the bike belongs on dirt path or track with some dirt mounds perhaps.
     
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    Damn, wish I had my camera on the ride haha, took these after when I had washed the bike.
     
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    What software are you using to make these ?
     
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    Photoshop cs5 extended.
     
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    have you tried photomatix demo? I think you should if you haven't.
     
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    I have tried Photomatix and Hydra, Every time I created a hdr with those programs I get really bad halos.
     
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    You just need to learn how to use the sliders. You have nasty halos around the trees in these shots. And there is a strange glow to them. I also think you are missing contrast. I would go into shadows and highlights and play with that. Use the midtone contrast.
     
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    Would you class this as an improvement?

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    Personally I like the new one quite a bit better. But now you have a halo around the bike and the trees look good

    How many exp are you using for this?
     
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    By exp I guess you mean exposure, if so I'm using three (-2,0,+2)

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