HDR Photography

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  1. ChrisF79

    ChrisF79 TPF Noob!

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    Greetings:

    I took some pictures today to learn HDR and I have one I think could be pretty cool. I've tried for the past few hours to make it look nice in Photoshop and I have it looking decent but I'd love to see what you guys could do. I posted the three source pics at http://www.chrisfarrugia.com/temp/ if you'd like to. I know it's a pain to do but if you're up for it, I'd love to see your efforts.

    Thanks!
     
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    Sorry, I cheated...I used photomatix to generate the image...It was my first time using the software...I'm pretty surprised how it came out.
     
  3. ChrisF79

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    It looks very dark and "scary" like that. I guess I could lighten it up.
     
  4. ChrisF79

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    I just tried out Photomatix and I couldn't get the clouds that vivid. How'd you do it?
     
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    cnvang TPF Noob!

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    In Tone Mapping-Detail Enhancer I maxed strength, saturation, light smoothing, and Luminosity. And the rest I just messed with.
     
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    I don't have Photoshop, but I have Photomatix and PaintShop Pro Photo.

    After putting the pictures in Photomatix and tone-mapping there, all I did was open the picture in PSP-Photo and desaturate it a little (-10), add a little contrast, and sharpen a tiny bit (USM radius-2.0 / strength-205 / clipping-100).

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    I may have gone a little too far, but I thought it looked cool like this.
     
  7. ChrisF79

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    Both are very nice!
     
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    i wanna know how to do HDR, in laymans terms...
     
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    I like the middle exposure with no editing or HDR stuff best but as long as we're goofing:





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  10. goodoneian

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    here's kind of a subtle approach to it. i tend to prefer the more "natural" looking hdr's

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    Goodoneian, could you share the settings you used? I seem to have difficulty getting a natural HDR out of Photomatix, even with several exposures.
     
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    i used photoshop cs3 to make that one. all's i did was go to file, automate, merge to hrd then, opened 3 the pictures with that then adjusted the curves and shadows/ highlights a little bit.
     

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