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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Under-exposed Image                         Standard exposure_MG_7659

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:

Photomatrix 1