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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:02 am 
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Hello people,

I have tried to use the Photoshop 'Merge To HDR' and Photomatix Pro but never really liked the outcome of either. I might just be doing it wrong. Anyways, I tried some layer masking of highlights in Photoshop instead and played around with the levels and got this result:

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Done with three exposures from one RAW-file (-2 0 +2). Is it too much?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:09 am 
how exactly do you make 3 exposures of 1 raw file? u open the raw file 3 times and save it as a jpeg under different exposures or something? i think it looks great, maybe a tad overdone - still likable.


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That's exactly how it's done. I think I'll be trying the HDR with an EV spacing of just 1 to see if it gets less obvious that it's HDR.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:21 am 
i hear it's better to do the EV steps yeah, more details in the shadows and highlits.


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Yes. I did use the EV spacing for that first one as well, though, just used 2 steps EV and not 1, which I'm giving a go now.

Have you had any experience with photomatix?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:30 am 
yeah, i tried a hdr once... it comes out pretty well if you tonemap the image right... still had to use photoshop to turn it down a notch and sharpen it al ittle though.


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It's a bit strange that I don't get the images I'd like when tone mapping in photomatix. Maybe it's just my eyes, hahaha,

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