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Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by digitalzed, Sep 20, 2008.
My first attempt at HDR. To "cartoony"?
It's very easy to over-do early HDR attempts. Personally, I think this image is too "cartoony" and lacks enough contrast. I would suggest using HDR with with diminished strength.
I don't know what "cartoony" means, but, if you look at the histogram, the tones have all been pushed to the middle and above. If you keep the upper tonal levels where they are and spread the lower and middle levels downward a bit, this becomes a nice image. [might add a touch of vibrance too]
what HDR are you using?
Thanks Bob. I let Photomatix do it's thing. Cartoony is my made up word to say the picture has the look of a cartoon, like many HDR images I've seen. This can be fun sometimes but also not right depending on what you're trying to do. I did not want a cartoon look to this picture.
Photomatix. All automatic. Any tips?
I think its a cool shot.............so here's a good question...whats HDR?
What version of Photomatix are you using?
What kind of bracket did you shoot?
Please post your best original.
Is this better?
-3 through +3
This is the best original in terms of the histogram. Converted from RAW to jpeg, no other PP
You do know that Photomatix will process RAW images, don't you?
I think your latest post is a great improvement over your first post, but not yet there.
Personally, as a rule of thumb, I try to use HDR software (I use Photomatix 3.0, also) only to ENHANCE visually. And I have found that most images shot in situations where contrast is greatest, produce the best HDR images.
You're on the right track. Be patient. You'll get there.
Here are some of mine:
Jeff, with just a little shadow recovery and some other minor touchup, your "best exposure" is, by far, the best image. Just my opinion, but I don't see the need for Photomatix in this case.
Thanks Murrey and Bob. I did convert the RAW images in Photomatix. So when should you use HDR if not for shots like this?
The Halo effect is an HDR thing, too... I'm battling this as well. Not sure how to make it go away, other than post processing further.