My first attempt at HDR, not so good.

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  1. slowclown

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    So I borrowed my girlfriends camera since I still saving up for one(she just got the Pentax K10D) to try an HDR image. I've seen what some other people have done with HDR images and I'm hooked. So I did some reading and gave it a shot, no pun intended. I used the 5-frame auto bracketing on the camera but since I have no tripod all the shots were hand held.

    Not too thrilled with the outcome. I expected it to be pretty bad anyways but there didn't seem to be a big difference in exposure between the 5 shots. Any pointers you guys can offer? Here is the pic and info.
    1/60 sec @ f/3.5 ISO 100
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    Keep trying. It usually takes a few times before you get a decent results.
     
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    Its a must with HDR pictures. You can pick one up for cheap at walmart. I still use a walmart tripod.

    Umm, also.. what program did you use to do it in?
     
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    I think the effect on the stop sign looks good, i just think that when you metered you might have metered off of something darker, blowing out the sky. Theres a tip i learned that when when the suns pointing at you, got say, a sunset, you should meter just to the side of the sun. I know it took me a while to start getting it to where i liked.
     
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    high dynamic range imaging
     
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    Thanks for all of the replies! The tripod is a must I know. When I get my own camera, the tripod will be right next to it in the shopping cart.

    I used Photoshop CS2, "Automate > Merge to HDR".

    Thanks, I'll try that next time.

    Thanks, for that I layered in one of the RAW files underneath just to make the stop sign sharper. Being that the shots were hand held, the lettering was a bit blurry.

    Any other pointers?
     
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    Being from TN, Walmart was always a staple of everyday living but for the past 5 years living in LA, I haven't been to a Walmart. They're as scarce here as biscuits and gravy.
     
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    HDR is nothing more than exposures blending. You do not need special equipment as you can do this in Photoshop. There are some special softwares like Photomatix that will blend your shots together (RAW files), do tone mapping and output a LDR version for your viewing and print outs.

    Basically, you should do as many shots as you need to cover the highlights and shadows of your scene. I've seen some people cover as much as 7 underexposed, and 7 overexposed shots and including one "proper" exposed shot and blend them all together. The problem is not to over do the settings when you blend, because then, the result will no longer looks "natural".
     
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    CS2 and CS3 are weak at HDR compared to Photomatrix. You will find that all of those popular HDR pics that really have some incredible punch come from Photomatrix users.
     
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    Once you have done the HDR merge, play with the tone mapping of it to get it to the look you want... And then from there when you are done with the HDR options. Play with the exposure of it. And you can also play with the shadows/highlights adjustment.
     
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    If you're going to get an SLR, I wouldn't recommend getting a tripod at Wal-Mart. I could be wrong, but I'm guessing they only have the cheap flimsy tripods that are made for point and shoot cameras. When you get an SLR with a lens, that adds quite a bit of weight and those cheap tripods will usually not support that much weight...so you'll find the camera slowly falling down from its "locked" position, resulting in blurred photos.

    You need to get a decent tripod from a camera dealer. Manfrottos are good.
     

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