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HDR Cookbook – Before and After: Gendarmenmarkt – Berlin, Germany

Before-and-after comparison of an HDR image showing the Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin, Germany

Gendarmenmarkt – Berlin, Germany – Before and After (click to enlarge)

This is the before-and-after comparison of “Gendarmenmarkt – Berlin, Germany (HDR)“. In the top row, you see the original source images straight out of the camera. This image is based on a standard 3-shot autobracketing series with +2, 0 and -2 ev. On the left side on 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 4.0. And finally, the right side of the bottom row shows the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS4.

The final image and a more detailed description of the post-processing steps can be viewed here. Click on the image below to view a bigger version.

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5 replies
  1. Dan C
    Dan C says:

    Klaus … it is truly amazing that you can get such great detail WITHOUT making the photo look like an “over-the-top” HDR.

    I realize that there is a ton of information here, but if you were asked (which I am), what is the top three tips to getting such clarity.

    Secondly, I realize that camera setting vary, but what aperture setting do you seeming base line too. f8, 10, 11 to get the clarity.


    • farbspiel
      farbspiel says:

      Thanks Dan!

      Top three tips… hmmmm… let’s see…

      1. Have decent equipment – good, high-ISO-capable camera and good lens. You don’t need the most expensive equipment, but a decent one.
      2. Avoid shooting at extreme apertures. I use f8 as a default and operate from there.
      3. Practice hand-held shooting to get a steady hand. This avoids source image offset and blur.
      4. Come back to my Cookbook regularly!

      The last one was a bonus tip. 😉

      As for the aperture: see tip no. 2 😉



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