HDR Before-and-After

Usually, you only see the finished image when somebody publishes their HDR work, and when you look at such an image, you tend to wonder what the original photos looked like and what the HDR process and the photographer’s personal post-processing skills really brought to this very image. Some time ago, I decided to add a little spice to the soup and also publish the source images and the intermediate result after the tone-mapping for each of my HDR images.

The result is the growing series of illustrations below that I call Before-and-After Comparisons. Just click on one of the posts below to open it and view a bigger version.

Also check out the Dynamic Before-and-After section: Pull the slider on each image back and forth to see the difference!

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HDR Cookbook – Before and After:Michelangelo’s Dome (HDR Vertorama)

This is the before-and-after comparison of “Michelangelo’s Dome – St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican (HDR Vertorama)“. The final image was created from 6×3 RAW files (series of 6 autobracketed shots, +2, 0, -2ev) which you can see in the left three columns. These 18 source shots were merged into 6 32-bit HDRs with Photomatix Pro 3.2 […]

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HDR Cookbook – Before and After: No. 45

This is the before-and-after comparison of the HDR image “No. 45 (HDR)“. In the top row, you see the 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 […]

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HDR Cookbook – Before and After: Merano Panorama – Merano, Italy (HDR)

This is the before and after comparison of “Merano Panorama – Merano, Italy (HDR)“. The final image was created from 4×3 files (series of 4 autobracketed shots, +2, 0, -2ev) which you can see in the top three rows. These source shots were merged into 32-bit HDRs with Photomatix Pro 3.2 which where then stitched […]

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HDR Cookbook – Before and After: The Wormhole

This is the before and after comparison of “The Wormhole (Exposure Fusion)“. While this is technically not an HDR but an exposure fusion, it was still created through a similar process from three individual source shots. In the top row, you see the original source images straight out of the camera. This image is based […]

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