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Mossy Bench, Watertown HDR

Mossy Bench, Watertown HDR
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bismad's avatar
really nice picture :) added to my favourites.
just wondering how you do your HDR? ... I've tried
and everything but i cant work out how to do it..
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I'm still pretty new to it myself.

I use a program called Photomatix ([link]), there is a free version. Photoshop also has a somewhat simplistic but still powerful ability to create HDR's. There's also other programs like FDRTools.

You might want to join a few of the HDR groups here, and look for the tutorials on them. There's some good stuff that will teach you the basics no matter what you are using to create them.

In it's most basic form you would need to get at a minimum three photos of the same scene using three different exposures, it works even better if you use more. Saving in RAW form and using a camera that will do exposure bracketing is even better.

But the hardest part is messing with the tonal properties and all of the rest of the settings, big and small. There's a lot of trial and error, and what works for one probably won't work for another (or won't give you a dramatic effect or may give you TOO dramatic of an effect).

I tend to over-process and create more of a cartoon effect and halos and other artifacts. So you have to watch out for going too far on the whole effect.

I'm making improvements all of the time, myself, like with this one.