This HDR Pics to play with archive is containing the source exposures of the HDR image ‘High Five (HDR)‘.
Below is the ZIP archive with the images. Make sure you read the information in Read This First.txt (included in the archive).
(md5 checksum: 08d50033e0f320f462d1c00b61ef32f2)
- Taken hand-held
- Six exposures (-3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 ev) – semi-autobracketing [details]
- Camera: Nikon D7000
- Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED at 10mm
- Aperture: f/5.6
- ISO 400
Below, you find the details for each of the images:
|Image file||Exposure value||Shutter speed||Type|
|High Five - ppw – 01.tif||+3 EV||1/8s||artificial (created form +2 EV exposure)|
|High Five - ppw – 02.tif||+2 EV||1/15s||original|
|High Five - ppw – 03.tif||+1 EV||1/30s||original|
|High Five - ppw – 04.tif||0 EV||1/60s||original|
|High Five - ppw – 05.tif||-1 EV||1/125s||original|
|High Five - ppw – 06.tif||-2 EV||1/250s||original|
|High Five - ppw – 07.tif||-3 EV||1/500s||original|
|High Five - ppw – 08.tif||-4 EV||1/1000s||artificial (created form -3 EV exposure)|
The images have been pre-processed in the following way: The original RAW files where converted to TIFFs in Adobe Camera RAW with the default settings. Any noise reduction and sharpening was turned off. The CA (Chromatic Aberration) was removed (see Correcting Chromatic Aberration for details). The noise was reduced using Topaz DeNoise. The imaged where aligned, watermarked and saved as TIFFs in Photoshop.
Use the source images as you feel appropriate. It is not strictly necessary to use all of them. Visit the photo page at to get information on my personal workflow for this image. It may serve as a starting point. Aligning the source images, reducing noise and reducing chromatic aberration is not necessary. In Photomatix (or any other HDR software you use), you should turn off these options.
A before-and-after comparison that includes the intermediate tone-mapped image is available for this HDR image. Also watch the Making-of video for this image to see the whole process of its creation. Take a look at my HDR Cookbook for a lot of useful post-processing tips that may help you in improving your techniques.
Sharing Your Results
There are different ways to share your results:
- You may go to the ‘Pics to play with: High Five’ thread in the flickr HDR group. You will find a discussion thread where you can share your result and see and discuss the results of others.
- Post you result on your website, on Google+ or elsewhere on the web and write comment to this post where you include the URL to the image. Make sure the image itself can be downloaded. Otherwise, I cannot include it here.
I will collect all your versions and put them onto this page such that they link back to the original image. Check out this PPW feature for an example.
Here are some of your results
Below, you see some of the versions that people contributed. So, these are not my images but those of the HDR enthusiasts out there who took a stab at processing the source photos and shared their results. Click on an image to go directly to the photo page of the person who contributed the respective image (external website).
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- ► Introduction
- ► Requirements
- ► Contents
- ► The Secrets of Hand-held HDR Shooting
- ► Manual HDR Bracketing Explained (NEW)
- ► Semi-Autobracketing for HDR (NEW)
- ► General HDR Workflow
- ► Why you need an artistic workflow
- ► 21 HDR Photography Myths Busted
- ► Creating 32-bit HDRs the Right Way
- ► Correcting Chromatic Aberration
- ► Structuring a Project
- ► Complex Selections
- ► Using Topaz Adjust to Improve Your Images
- ► Reducing Halos
- ► Fixing Uneven Luminance
- ► Noise Reduction
- ► The Three Rules of Noise Reduction
- ► Sharpening
- ► Creating Clarity in Your Images
- ► Adding a Vignette Effect
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- ► Restoring Exif Data
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