Merging HDR with CS4

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  1. 1000DUser

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    i tried merging a HDR with CS4, but the picture came out overexposed really badly, like the picture cannot be seen at all. i used 3 RAW exposure EV +1 -1 and 0 but the picture came out over exposed after that i tried it only with the EV -1 and 0 but still a very bright picture is coming out, anyone has the same problem??
     
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    CS4 isnt a good program to do HDR. I tried it and I got crappy result. Try photomatix.com . YOu can try it for free forever. It just put watermark on your photo if you didnt pay.
     
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    are you serious? i thought you had to pay?
     
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    very small watermark though. IF you are good with cloning.. you can always remove them.. or BUY it.
     
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    It doesnt look like HDR at all. Very dark and no details in the shadows at all. If you used Photomatix just click the default button and run that out and see if what you get is any better.
     
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    Okay will try it out, anyway how do i make it more detailed if i dont use default and wanna do it myself? btw i cant find the default button:( and does converting it into a JPEG using CS4 spoil maybe took out the details?
     
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    Did you adjust any of the setting when trying to create the HDR in Photoshop?
    I've used the 'merge to HDR' in CS4 a few times and have been satisfied with the results.

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    i dont think i did, i just get a realy really really over exposed picture, btw just wondering does converting from RAW - JPEG do you lose any details in the picture when you convert?
     
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    CS4 can only create the HDR file and HDR is only half the process.
    After you merge the files into a single HDR file you need some type of program to perform tone mapping.

    HDR photo software & plugin for Lightroom, Aperture & Photoshop - Tone Mapping, Exposure Fusion & HDR Imaging for photography has a tonal mapping plug-in for PS to finish the process or you can get Photomatix, already mentioned by Schwettylens which does the whole process.

    Photoshop CS5 has HDR Pro which eliminates the need for a 3rd party program.
     
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    so i pretty much just download that? then get the overexposed picture from CS4 and tone map it using this program?
     

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