View the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!

HDR Cookbook – Before and After: Happy Hour (HDR)

View the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!

View the Before-and-After Comparison to see where this photo comes from!

This is the before-and-after comparison of “Happy Hour (HDR)“. In the top row, you see the three original source images straight out of the camera. This image is based on a 3-shot autobracketing series with +2, 0, and 2 ev. On the left side of the bottom row, you see the result of merging those shots into a 32-bit HDR and subsequent tone-mapping using the detail enhancer option of Photomatix Pro 3.1. And finally, the right side of the bottom row shows the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS4.

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8 replies
  1. Craig Hutchison
    Craig Hutchison says:

    Hello Klaus, I have just found your web site recently and your work is incredible. I have just started to learn how to do photo editing and after seeing what you do, I am light years away from your level.
    Keep up the great work!

    Craig
    USA

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    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Craig,

      I’m glad you like my work, and I hope you learn something from the information I put on here.

      I’ll tell you one of my ZEN secretes: Those “light years” (if they really do exist) don’t count that much. It’s those little steps that you can take each an every day to get better. Take them, love them, share them – and before you know it, you’re a master of what you do.

      Cheers
      Klaus

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  2. Paul
    Paul says:

    You gota love it….Love your work and the vast amount of information you have put into your web site regarding HDR, it has taken me a long time searching for an accurate account of what to do and not to do, even the array of software you suggest suitable and not so good for certain tasks is awesome.
    I enjoy reading the simplicity of step by step instructions where as i have just bought a hard copy of Photoshop and found it very disappointing lacking in step by step instructions.im go so glad i have at last found a web site i can just click in and out of and enjoy seeing some results.

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    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Hi Paul,

      yes, Photoshop can be intimidating at first. I am glad that you found some help here. Just don’t give up. The results will come.

      Reply

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