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Hey peoples,

Just have a processing question about shooting multiple exposures in RAW for an HDR image. I use both Photomatix and CS6. Normally when I'm processing RAW images, I go in and make adjustments to sharpness, luminance, maybe exposure or contrast, etc..

I can take three RAW images straight out of the camera and merge them in Photomatix but I feel like I'm missing a beat with processing those basics on the HDR first.

Is Photomatix taking care of that or do I want to do some processing for each exposure before I merge, and if so, what's the most efficient way to do that?

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All you really want to be doing before you merge is basic things such as White balance & Lens corrections.
 
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So does the processing also take care of sharpness then?

And that still leaves me with the question of how to efficiently flow through that. I prefer photomatix for HDR, but CS6 and Camera Raw for making RAW adjustments.
 

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Well I use CS5 to do sharpening.

Can you even sharpen in Photomatix?

You shouldn't sharpen the images before you merge them anyway.

If i'm being completely honest, I very very rarely even use photomatix for HDR now days, I like to create a 32bit tiff in CS5 and work on that in Lightroom 4.
 
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I don't believe you can sharpen in Photomatix, no. You can adjust white balance ... but I do prefer photomatix to PS for HDR.. PS does ok, but I like the way Photomatix processes HDR. I think it does a better job, as it was designed specifically for it.
 

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The way I do it is as follows--take the RAW images, process/merge them in photomatix pro, then export to lightroom or photoshop and edit as needed, then export them to my desktop and upload.

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I'll just play with that then.. thanks for the responses.
 

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Whatever changes you make to one image, you should do to all of them before combining them.
 
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Yeah I figured any changes would need to be uniform. Thanks for all the input.
 

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