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HDR Photography (Your best shots)

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Post your best HDR photography shots here in this thread. Lets see them all. For those of you who don't know what HDR photography is click here.

 

Flickr HDR Group

 

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  • Keep discussions to a minimum
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  • No flaming, no bullshit

 

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I've been trying to create HDR images, but I haven't been able to find a technique that's convenient. Does anyone here have any tips on creating HDR images using Photoshop CS4?

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To create HDR photos you need a minimum of 5 shots or more at + and - exposure stops. So for example:

 

  1. -2 Exposure = Image 1
  2. -1 Exposure = Image 2
  3. Normal Exposure = Image 3
  4. +1 Exposure = Image 4
  5. +2 Exposure = Image 5

 

 

Once you have that, you then just use a program that combines the images into a HDR project/photo that you then adjust the settings until you're happy with the results. You simply can't create a HDR image some a single shot.

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To create HDR photos you need a minimum of 5 shots or more at + and - exposure stops. So for example:

 

  1. -2 Exposure = Image 1

  2. -1 Exposure = Image 2

  3. Normal Exposure = Image 3

  4. +1 Exposure = Image 4

  5. +2 Exposure = Image 5

 

 

Once you have that, you then just use a program that combines the images into a HDR project/photo that you then adjust the settings until you're happy with the results. You simply can't create a HDR image some a single shot.

 

Oh, I'm well aware of how to create an HDR image -- the problem that I've encountered is combining the images into a single photo given the software I have at this moment.

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Oh, I'm well aware of how to create an HDR image -- the problem that I've encountered is combining the images into a single photo given the software I have at this moment.

 

Try this program, Dynamic Photo HDR:

http://www.mediachance.com/hdri/index.html

I've messed around with it with decent results.

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Here is a quickly done sample with that program. The source images were slightly off due to shooting by hand, the train was also moving in the images so I had to use a ghost mask on the train so that it showed it still.

One of the image sources:

3814376300_c1d59d0b22_o.jpg

Finished HDR image:

3814376906_1f8eef99e9_o.jpg

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For moving subjects just shoot in RAW and create a few separate images with different exposures

 

mmm I'll have to try that once I get home. I normally don't shoot in RAW since it takes a considerable size on my Hard Drive at home once I transfer them from my 4GB card but I do have a few that I will try it on.

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mmm I'll have to try that once I get home. I normally don't shoot in RAW since it takes a considerable size on my Hard Drive at home once I transfer them from my 4GB card but I do have a few that I will try it on.

 

Processing the images is annoying too

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For moving subjects just shoot in RAW and create a few separate images with different exposures

 

Images with a moving subject are not recommended for HDR photography. HDR photography should be done with a still subject and a tripod for best results.

 

If anyone wants to try it go to the HDRSoft website and download a trial version of Photomatix software. If you like it, buy it. It makes it real easy to get great results.

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For moving subjects just shoot in RAW and create a few separate images with different exposures
Well it turned out pretty good.

 

JPG of the original RAW file:

3815710235_1f64d1330e_o.jpg

HDR Image after doing exporting the original RAW file into different exposure settings:

3816521816_61f219b18c_o.jpg

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My attempt with PhotoMatix

 

 

I think the Dynamic Photo one came out better, the Photomatrix one got a little too blue at the right

 

Ok so I tried the Dynamic Photo version and here's what I got.

 

One of the original's.

100_4135.jpg

 

After.

HDRfinal.jpg

 

I think overdid it a little though :) , just a first try though.

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Too bad my camera can only automatically take a set of 3 (-1, 0, +1). I could take the 5 separate pictures manually, I do have manual exposure, but it'll be difficult with anything unstill (even people walking around).

 

Is there a minimum resolution?

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Too bad my camera can only automatically take a set of 3 (-1, 0, +1). I could take the 5 separate pictures manually, I do have manual exposure, but it'll be difficult with anything unstill (even people walking around).

 

Is there a minimum resolution?

 

You should be able to manage with 3 shots though more are preferred for optimal quality.

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