Having now learnt HDR through various tutorials and software such as Photomatix Pro 4 – I decided to try it with my own bracketed images.
The following are taken in Newport. All are 5 exposures on a tripod using a Canon Digital shutter release.
I still have a lot to learn and practice makes perfect!
Carrying on from my other posts about merging 3 or more photos to create an HDR image – I remembered that I had managed to do it with one RAW file. I took this years ago and played around with it in Photoshop. It does look a bit surreal, but the loop that the Red Arrows performed is genuine and I captured it just as they were framed by their own smoke trails.
This photograph is one of my all time favorites.
So having had a go at HDR in the snow earlier today, I really wanted to have a proper go and use the correct tools in photoshop.
I found this tutorial on Stuck In Customs. Bear with it, but it does work. Trey Ratcliffe uses Photomatix Pro for the initial merge, which does help a lot and you can use the trial version, but it does place a watermark over your final merge.
For my attempt I used the Venice Sample provided by Photomatix which was great – as I can’t just pop out and take 3 bracketed exposures of a stunning skyline (but I will try tomorrow!). After many failed attempts, because I took the processing too far and it looks wrong, I finally held back on the Masking tool and got a decent HDR photo.
Hope you like it!
Update – Had a go with another sample provided by Photomatix:
(Disclaimer – The above 2 HDR original source photographs are not mine – they remain the property of hdrsoft.com)