Here is the Making-of video for ‘The Library (HDR Vertorama)‘. Watch how this image evolves through all the post-processing stages and stop at any position to inspect the parameter settings (see remarks below).
This video shows the entire post-processing work starting with the HDR merging and the tone-mapping in Photomatix, all the way through to the finishing touches in Photoshop. Each major step is explained by a subtitle.
Watch it in full HD mode (1080p) full-screen and pause at any point to inspect the parameters I choose for the different tools involved in the post-processing.
In a Nutshell
An HDR Vertorama image is essentially a vertical panorama combined with HDR to capture an extremely wide vertical angle of view and all the tones in the scene. The scene is photographed from bottom to top, and each of the photographs overlaps with the previous one and the next one. Moreover, each of these photographs is actually an exposure series (usually 3 or more exposures) that is merged into an HDR image. These HDR images are then combined in a process called stitching.
You can create images like this too!
I will release a new eBook in May 2013: A Practical Guide to HDR Vertorama Photography. The book explains the technology, different shooting techniques and the entire post-processing workflow for creating stunning HDR Vertoramas. Visit the eBook page to get more details, examples and a glimpse of the contents. Subscribe to stay posted about this eBook. You will get exclusive early access and a 20% discount.
How to Watch the Video
- This video is available in HD (1080p). Click the “YouTube” button to the lower right of the player above to go to the original video on YouTube. You will have to switch the player to “1080p” (click on the gear wheel) to watch the HD version!
- Switch the player to full-screen mode (squared icon at the lower right corner of the player area) to see all the details.
- In HD mode, you can stop at any position and see the exact parameter setting I applied. Use the knob on the time bar to move forward and backward as the video is paused.
- You can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to jump backward and forward.
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