Inside out exercise

With the same photographs I took of my flat with a view on the outside from the window, I wanted to create a landscape photograph. The final image is composed by combining two photographs (each one is the result of the combination of three photograph with different exposure using Photomatix Pro to produce the final HDR image).
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Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 3.26.51 PMSo I obtained these two photographs:

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Then using Photoshop CS6 I produced a landscape image of both:

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This is the final product:

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HDR class exercise: Inside Out

I took 3 photographs with different exposure of my flat with a view from the window and combined them with Photomatix Pro:

_MG_1471_MG_1472_MG_1473and I have obtained this:

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However, I found the couch being still too dark so I decided to combine the final HDR image with the high exposure photograph where the couch is much brighter. And I have done this manually in Photoshop CS6:Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 2.41.09 PM

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Using masking layers I obtained this:

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HDR Images Exercise

Today, we have explored in class different ways of processing a HDR subject, using the given RAW samples:

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Over-exposed Image
The 3 methods of producing an HDR image combining three photographs with different exposure levels are the following:

1. Adobe HDR Pro, a Photoshop plugin

2. Compiling the exposures as layers in Photoshop and blending via layer masks

3. Photomatix, HDR software available

I have produce an HDR image of the three photographs with each method and these are the results:

1. HDR Pro

Open bracketed captures in Photoshop: File/Automate/Merge to HDR Pro. HDR Pro will combine automatically the three photographs together, taking each one’s exposure and add them together.

Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 1.48.03 PM I am now able to adjust the exposure, shadows, highlights, contrast, vibrance, saturation, details etc. and this is the reslut:

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2. Photomatrix

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With Photomatrix, I had a long list of options of the HDR image produced to chose. Among those, this was the one I liked the best as it looks more “natural” than the rest:

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