NON HDR, HDR style

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  1. RMThompson

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    Made from a single JPG:

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    Does it work? Too much?

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    Which do you like better, the one above or:

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    I LOVE BOTH!!!!!!!! Perfect IMO

    I like the lower one more.

    Now. tell me how you did it. :D
     
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    The only difference is in colour temperature, isn't it?
    That is what I see, and when I finally detected the difference, I started to feel like I prefer the second photo to the first, not so warm.
    Though ... :scratch: ... come to think of it, I am not so fond of the amount of green in the two lower corners, plus the first has a little more detail where the people are. Tough choice.

    Lovely scene!
     
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    I took one jpg of a sunset, and I split it into 3 pictures. One exposed properly, one too dark and one too blown out. Then I added them into Photomatix as if it was 3 seperate photos, it added what it assumed was the difference in exposure, and after some tone mapping, voila!
     
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    I thought that is essentially what an HDR image is? Except for people typically use 5 - 7 exposures for a typical HDR.

    I prefer the top image.. It's obviously over saturated, but it works well for the picture and I like it..
     
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    I don't get how it's non-HDR. photomatrix is HDR... right?
     
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    Well the difference here is I used the SAME jpg, sort of a no-no among HDR enthusiasts. You use 3 - 7 JPGS or a single RAW file at the very least.

    The idea in HDR is to capture a range not normally available in one exposure, but you can see here that in reality, this is a normal exposed range, but by combining the photos, we get a deepr contrast from black to pure white, and saturated colors!
     
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    hmmm.... i might try that later! what did you do, adjust levels and then submit the three at the different adjusted exposures?
     
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    Yep. I used Picasa 2 actually, because of the convienent "shadow" and "FIll Light" functions, kept one normal, added about 60 % in another and 60% fill light in a third, saved them seperate and opened them in Photomatix.

    There I combined them, and adjust the output's levels, keeping saturation high, and used an 8bit output.

    I am POSITIVE someone could do this with Photoshop without combining photos, levels and what not, but I find this to be easier, albeit a little unpredictable!
     
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    neat! ok now i'm excited. i have so many photos that would just look BETTER with HDR.
     

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