HDR Pics to play with

In this section, I provide source images for you to play with. What does that mean? You can download archives with the source images (straight out of the camera) that I used to create the final HDR image, unpack them and immediately start merging, tone-mapping and post-processing them.

Why would you do this? Because it’s fun! ;-) It can be very tough for a beginner to get everything together in order to produce an appealing HDR image. Taking the source exposures is a challenge on its own, and if you mess that up, the post-processing will not be rewarding either. If you download and use my images, you can concentrate on your post-processing skills, and you know what is possible with those exposures from looking at the results of many other people. This is a much more objective way of learning and verifying your progress.

Even if you are already an advanced HDR user, it is still fun to compare with others and see how different peoples’ styles are. For each image, I am starting a thread in the flickr HDR group. If you like, post you results there and see how the others did.

Here’s the deal

You will notice that I do not provide the original RAW files. I don’t do this to maintain my rights. Instead, I am preparing the files in the following way: I develop all the source files into TIFFs in ACR. After that, I align and crop the images if necessary, and I apply a “Pics to play with” watermark (all in Photoshop). Thus, you can directly feed the images into Photomatix (or whichever HDR software you are using). You should turn off image alignment in you HDR software.

What you are allowed to do

You may download, unpack and process these images in whichever way you wish. You may publish the results online wherever you like (see individual photos pages for details) as long as you give credit to me for the source images in the following way:

‘Source images copyright by Klaus Herrmann – farbspiel-photo.com – all rights reserved. Go to farbspiel-photo.com/ppw for details.’

Please include this line in any publication of a image that results from one of my Pics to play with archives. This is the only thing I ask in return for providing these images.

What you are not allowed to do

Commercial use of any type is prohibited. If you wish to use the photos commercially, please contact me directly. You are not allowed to remove the watermark in any way. Any images that you produce and publish from the contained source photos have to contain the entire watermark. Cropping or cloning out the watermark is not allowed.

Enough of this formal stuff! Have fun!

The Pics

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HDR Pics to play with: The Parliament (HDR)

This HDR Pics to play with archive is containing the source exposures of the HDR image ‘The Parliament (HDR)’. Download the source photos, test your post-processing skills and share your results here. It’s fun!

You want to try some HDR but you feel that your own source images are not good enough? Use mine! They’re free! Even if you are an advanced HDR user, it can be fun to test your skills on a set of images that are used by many other people in the HDR community. Publish your results and see how others did. Get a feel for what’s possible, and compare your style with others objectively, based on the same image.

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HDR Pics to play with: Big City Lights

This HDR Pics to play with archive is containing the source exposures of the HDR image ‘Big City Lights (HDR)’. Download the source photos, test your post-processing skills and share your results here. It’s fun!

You want to try some HDR but you feel that your own source images are not good enough? Use mine! They’re free! Even if you are an advanced HDR user, it can be fun to test your skills on a set of images that are used by many other people in the HDR community. Publish your results and see how others did. Get a feel for what’s possible, and compare your style with others objectively, based on the same image.

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HDR Pics to play with: High Five

This HDR Pics to play with archive is containing the source exposures of the HDR image ‘High Five (HDR)‘. Download Below is the ZIP archive with the images. Make sure you read the information in Read This First.txt (included in the archive). Pics to play with – High Five – by farbspiel-photo.com.zip (md5 checksum: 08d50033e0f320f462d1c00b61ef32f2) […]

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HDR Pics to play with: Izmir Harbor

This ‘HDR Pics to play with’ archive is containing the source exposures of the HDR image ‘Izmir Harbor (HDR)‘. Below is the ZIP archive with the images. Make sure you read the information in Read This First.txt (included in the archive). Pics to play with – Izmir Harbor – by farbspiel-photo.com.zip (md5 checksum: 782287a29d15299fcfa541e51fd5ef64) Image […]

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HDR Cookbook – Pics to play with: Santorini Cathedral (HDR)

Here are the source images of the “Santorini Cathedral” image. Its a set of 6 exposures for you to download and play with. Go back to the Pics-to-play-with feature list to get more pics and some general information. Title: Santorini Cathedral (HDR) Links Download the source images here (~189MB) Show off your results and compare […]

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HDR Cookbook – Pics to play with: The Alley (HDR)

Go back to the Pics-to-play-with feature list to get more pics and some general information. Title: The Alley (HDR) Links Download the source images here (~72MB) Show off your results and compare with others in the flickr HDR group Photo page (loads of information on how I processed the image) Before-and-after comparison (view the source […]

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HDR Cookbook – Pics to play with: Mountain Shed (HDR)

Go back to the Pics-to-play-with feature list to get more pics and some general information. Title: Mountain Shed (HDR) Links Download the source images here (~94MB) Show off your results and compare with others in the flickr HDR group Photo page (lots of information on how I processed the image) Before-and-after comparison (view the source […]