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HDR Finishing : We’re Not Done Yet

 

Today, we wrap up the HDR Image that we started last week. As a recap, in Beyond Ordinary HDR, we introduced the idea that HDR isn’t an end in itself, just another tool that ought to be considered part of your photographic workflow – not all of it. Last week, in HDR Techniques: Prepare Now, Avoid Headaches Later, we looked at the many ways of working on your images before taking them into the HDR Merging and Tone Mapping process.

This week’s video wraps up our treatment of this helicopter image, showing that once the image is Tone Mapped, we still have a lot of work to do to take our image Beyond the Ordinary. Although we’ve used Photomatix in this case, “we’re not done yet!” More HDR goodness to come: next week; we’ll look at even more tricks and tips to help make your HDR images stand out in the crowd.

 

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About Michael Hoffman (224 Articles)
Mike has been a photographer, artist, educator, and technophile for most of his life. Early in his career, he created technical illustrations and photographs for electronic equipment manufacturers, and taught classes in computer aided drafting and 3D modeling software. When digital cameras became widely available in the late 1990s, the move was a natural one, and has led to a happy combination of technology, software, photography and art. Mike is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Acrobat, and is well versed in Lightroom and Photoshop Elements, as well as Illustrator and InDesign. He has also contributed his time and efforts to the excellent work being done by Operation Photo Rescue, in restoring photographs damaged by natural disasters. As an active member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, he continues his quest for excellence in art, excellence in design, and excellence in education.

2 Comments on HDR Finishing : We’re Not Done Yet

  1. Good series. In my subjective opinion though, the image you presented prepared by Photoshop’s HDR engine looked better than what you wound up with. By “better”, I mean, more natural-looking and without the obvious “HDR-Look” that you seem to be trying to avoid. When I first saw your finished result in the video thumbnail, I thought the helicopter was chrome-finished. (But it’s actually dark green.)

    I appreciated that you worked on chromatic abberations. My first thought was that it is a different topic than HDR and shouldn’t have been covered. But on the other hand, I’ve had more than one HDR image “ruined” (as a finished product) by what would otherwise be acceptable chromatic abberations.

    Good stuff.
    -Jim

  2. You’ve done really awesome job! thanks a lot for sharing this nice post & I’ll visit your site again 🙂

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