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HDR Before and After: Into the Open

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This is the before-and-after comparison of "Into the Open (HDR)". At the top, you see the twelve original source images straight out of the camera. This image is based on a 12-shot exposure series with shutter speeds between 30s and 1/60s.
Into the Open (HDR) - twelve exposures, tonemapped in adobe camera raw

Into the Open (HDR)

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It's always good to try something new, right? Well, with this image, I did just that. Most of my previous HDR images where created using the Details Enhancer method in Photomatix. This time, I tried a new workflow that makes use of some new features in Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Camera Raw. I actually bypassed Photomatix completely with this image and did the tone mapping with Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).

Photomatix Pro 5 - How to Use the Contrast Optimizer

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The Contrast Optimizer is probably the most important new feature of Photomatix Pro 5. It's a new tone mapping method that is tailored to produce more realistic results than the well-known Details Enhancer.

HDR Vertorama eBook Released

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It has taken quite a while to complete the first eBook in the new Photo Cookbook Series, but now it's here... released... published... available... done... at last. Get a glimpseof the eBook and read about the story behind it.
The Parliament (HDR) - six exposures - photomatix and photoshop

The Parliament (HDR)

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This is a 6-exposure HDR image of the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, Hungary. Before I went on that trip, I did my usual Internet scouting on the entire city of Budapest, and sure enough, I came across a ton of images of this Parliament building. So, I was prepared! But when I arrived there and set up my tripod just across the river (Danube), something strange happened.

HDR Pics to play with: The Parliament (HDR)

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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.

HDR Making-of: The Parliament (HDR)

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This is the Making-of video for 'The Parliament (HDR)'. Watch how this image evolves through all the post-processing stages and stop at any position to inspect the parameter settings (see remarks below). This video shows the entire post-processing work starting with the HDR merging and the tone-mapping all the way through to the finishing touches. Each major step is indicated by a subtitle. Watch it in full HD mode (1080p) full-screen and pause at any point to inspect the parameters I choose for the different tools involved in the post-processing.

Manual HDR Bracketing Explained

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Using Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) is sometimes not sufficient or simply not available in your camera. In those cases, you have to take your HDR exposure series manually, but doing so is a daunting task for many photographers. In this tutorial, I describe a manual HDR bracketing technique that helps you get the perfect exposure series for every conceivable scene. It is simple and reliable, and you don't need any math that goes beyond counting to three.
Light my Way (HDR Vertorama)

Light my Way (HDR Vertorama)

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This is a 12-shot HDR Vertorama taken at the St. Micheal’s Cathedral in Toronto, Canada. See all the processing details and the before-and-after.
Before and After comparison of the 12-exposure HDR Vertorama 'Light my Way'. Created with Photoshop and Photomatix

HDR Before and After: Light my Way (HDR Vertorama)

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This is the HDR before and after comparison of "Light my Way (HDR Vertorama)". The final image was created from 4x3 TIFF files (4 series of 3 autobracketed RAW images, +2, 0, -2EV that were converted to TIFFs using Abobe Camera RAW). You can see the 12 source images in the left three columns. These images were merged into 4 32-bit HDRs and tone-mapped with Photomatix Pro 4.2 (Details Enhancer option) using the same settings for each image. The resulting 4 16-bit TIF images where then stitched using Photoshop CS5. The result of the stitching, perspective correction, cropping, and retouching can be seen in the middle column. In the right column, you see the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS6.

Hands-on Photo Tips: How to remove halos in your HDR images

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Are you getting halos in your HDR images? Sometimes, you find the perfect setting in your HDR software, but right at that setting, halos start showing up and ruin your image. These ugly bright fringes around high-contrast edges are a well-known and common problem in HDR photography. In this video, I will first go over some tips to avoid halos in the first place. Then I will show you how to get rid of them in Photoshop by darkening those halo regions selectively.

HDR Pics to play with: Big City Lights

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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.

The Making of - The Library (HDR Vertorama)

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Here is the Making-of video for 'The Library (HDR Vertorama)'.…

HDR Pics to play with: The Marble Hall

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This HDR Pics to play with archive is containing the source exposures of the HDR image 'The Marble Hall'. Download and unpack it to test your HDR processing skills and compare your results with others.

Semi-Autobracketing for HDR - How to Extend Your Exposure Bracketing Series

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to overcome the limitations of many entry-level and mid-range DSLRs for hand-held HDR shooting. Instead of being stuck with 3 shots in auto exposure bracketing mode, you will be able to virtually take as many as you like with just a little bit of additional setup time and manual switching. With a bit of practice, you won't notice a difference to series shot with more expensive cameras.
The Lounge (HDR)

The Lounge (HDR)

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This is a 3-exposure HDR image of the lounge of a big cruise ship. A cruise is the best way of getting to see many places in a short time. At night, as you're sleeping, you're being taken to the next stop on your journey. You're usually getting up really early (sometimes around 5 am) to meet your group and debark for your shore leave. This was taken around that time. At this particular day, we visited Istanbul.
HDR Before and After - The Lounge

HDR Before and After: The Lounge

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This is the before-and-after comparison of "The Lounge (HDR)". At the top, you see the three original source images straight out of the camera. This image is based on a 3-shot auto exposure bracketing series with shutter speeds between 1/200s and 1/13s. At the lower left, you see the result of merging those shots into a 32-bit HDR and subsequent tone-mapping using the Details Enhancer option of Photomatix Pro 4.2. And finally, at the lower right, you see the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS5.
Infinity (HDR)

Infinity (HDR)

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This is a 6-exposure HDR image from inside the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Toronto, Canada. When I was there in July, I was exploring the city by foot. On that particular day it was like 35+ °C, and I was toast when I arrived at the location. But it turned out to be the perfect day for the visit as there were very few people there. So, photographing the place was relativly easy.
Big City Lights (HDR)

Big City Lights (HDR)

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...Going Pro ...New Baby ...New Content ...A Whole New Life This 3-shot HDR image was taken at the shore of Lake Ontario and it shows the skyline of Toronto, Canada with the CN Tower to the right. I have been there for one week in July. ...Going Pro This is acually the first shot that I publish from that trip. It has been a crazy few months. So many big things happened, and I have that strange feeling that they ran past me in a mix of time-lapse and fast-forward. My "old" job ended at the end of August.
HDR Before and After - Closer to Heaven

HDR Before and After: Closer to Heaven

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This is the before-and-after comparison of "Closer to Heaven (HDR)". On the left, you see the eight original source images straight out of the camera. This image is based on a 8-shot manual exposure series with shutter speeds between 30s and 1/4s. In the middle, 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 4.1. And finally, on the right side you see the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS5.