brash recess [deleted] 1:45am, 14 October 2009
Hey guys i would like to bring up this subject because the effects of HDR on a picture. After the last class i attended by John Perez We Learned a lot about photography in general as well. What i found fascinating is how HDR can take 3 pictures and make one great picture from it.
For those who have shot HDR feel free to give us your Experience on this subject...David
SeventhSTR1NG 9 years ago
HDR is one of those things that has to be used tastefully and then finessed into a special image. I see a lot of overdone images that ruin the effect (Check out the photomatix flickr group for many examples of this :-) ) I don't believe this effect is "original" or "artsy" anymore since anyone and their dog can plug a photo into photomatix and get that result. It's also not suited for every type of image - it works best for scenes with a large dynamic range to capture.

That being said, I really like using it for landscape photography to retain detail in the sky, and enhance local contrast, giving the image a lot of nice texture. Also, try it for creating some really nice black and white images. I don't see nearly as many b/w HDRs, and I think the effect really lends itself to producing b/w's with awesome detail (and you avoid the weird color issues that sometimes pop up with HDRs)

I find that using the "Merge to HDR" function in photoshop, saving as a Radiance .hdr file, then tonemapping that file in photomatix yields superior results than just doing the whole thing in photomatix.

Then save it out as a .tif file and do further adjustments in photoshop to your taste - dodging and burning, levels adjustments - this is really what makes the image come alive. There's no magic formula to get the perfect effect, as each image is different.

here's one i just took a couple weeks ago in maine. I chose to use it for this image so that I could still get some nice detail and color in the rocks, but keep the sunset effect :-)

maine-beach by SeventhSTR1NG
generationD3/D810 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by generationD3/D810 (member) 9 years ago
Squint...have to disagree with you on purpose of HDR...to each his own.....from mild to wild...check out "Stuck in Customs" and then tell me that going over the top is not art.
As far a processing in Photoshop first....to each his own. looking your capture over here, need more detail in rocks in forground for this capture to "pop"
brash recess [deleted] 9 years ago
Brian what have you learned from HDR that you can bring to the forum that will help us improve our HDR shots?
Thanks Squint good to see other photographers with talent that you possess. Do you have more examples you could show us and explain what you done to the picture to make it better
Also when you bracket how far do you go apart or do you keep it close. I know Brian takes 5 shots when he brackets. How many do you use?
SeventhSTR1NG 9 years ago
Sall good, like you said, everyone's got their own reasons and methods :-) I actually had more detail in the rocks originally, and then darkened the shadows down right at the end a bit, I felt it gave the image more drama and mood. I'll try to post the 3 original shots unedited and you can see the transformation the image takes on. I do 3 shots bracketed usually, I find that gives me plenty of exposure to work with while minimizing editing and compositing time.

There's a quick writeup I did awhile ago in this thread with a different image- www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/655391/0#5849315

If you're interested in learning more about HDR and pretty much any other photography topic, you might have fun surfing around on the Fred Miranda forums, there's a wealth of knowledge to be tapped from thousands of active photographers!
brash recess [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by brash recess (member) 9 years ago
Squint: A lot of what you posted John Perez mentioned in the HDR class IPC holds. It's good you want to share what you know. Thanks for the link. David
ps here's my 1st HDR shot. I'm Hooked

butler university falls
moostang78 9 years ago
I can't really comment on technique of HDR because I still don't know how to accomplish it (stupid Sony he he). I can comment on the effect on the photos though. I like both ways either super dramatic and also very subtle. I think beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone has a certain style they like better. It all makes it more interesting to watch and see what's coming next! :o)

Shooter - good job. Pretty contrast in colors.
generationD3/D810 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by generationD3/D810 (member) 9 years ago
works for Squint...just wondered why you would darken the rocks...but as you said for mood....many out there with different styles and out takes on what HDR is for them. David, nice shot, but don't see HDR....what programe did you use to process and how many exposers?
brash recess [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by brash recess (member) 9 years ago
Brian i used 3 brackets + Also i havePhotomatrix pro.
For this picture i used Tone Compressor but the shot on top at butler with the building in the background with trees i used Detail enhancer.
www.flickr.com/photos/18170875@N04/4028594978/in/pool-ind...
generationD3/D810 9 years ago
Ok....checked out other pic....looks good....work on sky as it has a yellow area surrounded by a mass of white....left a note as to what I am talking about as to exposers what are they? +2 O -2?
brash recess [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by brash recess (member) 9 years ago
OK what i found out is i had my camera setup on 1/2 increments so i changed it to 1 ev instead for 3 bracket but i may shoot at 5 bracket given the right lighting situation. Also Brian i liked the B/W with the Car. Thought it stood out a lot the most. Great Shot
Butler uni1
generationD3/D810 Posted 9 years ago. Edited by generationD3/D810 (member) 9 years ago
Reset your camera to 1 stop incrediments and shot 5 exposers and use all or just the +2 O -2....you will get much better results.....what you shot at was definatly to short of range to get anything in a HDR. Also, looked at your photo info and see you are shooting JPEG, if you really want to capture all and everything....SHOT RAW in HDR
brash recess [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by brash recess (member) 9 years ago
ok i was shooting in raw but it sends it off in jpg from lightroom also i have done what you mentioned above just not with these shots :)
How i process. 1. i get it from lightroom i send it to Matrix. I merge it to hdr then i go to toning in hdr. After that i send it back to lightroom to do the final touchup. Then i export it at 9% to internet
PS. ? how do i get the hdr picture to go back to lightroom
generationD3/D810 9 years ago
Hmmmm....you need your exposers shot in raw, then changed to TIFF before you run through PHOTOMATIX...not matrix.....as far results coming up in Lightroom, you probably downloaded Lightroom plugin to post process in from hdrsoft.com
brash recess [deleted] Posted 9 years ago. Edited by brash recess (member) 9 years ago
ok before it sends it to photomatrix it does ask me how to send it. Your right i need to check that out. Wouldn't want it going there in jpg. I posted another pic above of a bridge. I think i'm getting the hang of this now :)
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