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30th of October 2008 (Thu), 20:19
I know there are plenty of software that can do HDR, but I rather learn it in Photoshop Elements 6. How do I do it. In basic steps.
I don't want to sit in front of the computer listening to some youtube video, because it brings back rather bad memories of my MSCE course, having to listen to a utter geek on the monitor, *Shudders* what nightmares I have.
30th of October 2008 (Thu), 21:06
Well if you don't want to watch videos (which there are some good ones out there on HDR) and you do want to use PSE, then your really limiting your ability to get good info as well as a good program for HDR.
The general consensus is that Photomatix is far and away the best for HDR - even the gent on Photoshop for the Digital Photographer (http://www.thedigitalphotographyconnection.com/PFDP.php)thinks so - and he's all adobe! Look on page 2 for 3 podcasts on HDR
As for training on the subject: HDR is one of those areas where there does not seem to be a right or wrong way to do it, you just do it. BUT. You do NEED to start of with properly exposed images. I usually go with -2, 0, +2 for mine, and that is fine for about everything. You can use far more images then just three, but after a point, you get a increasingly diminishing return ion your time investment. More is not always better when it comes to the number of images you 'assemble'.
Do what all the pros say about creating their HDR images: play with it. Move the sliders around til you get a result that you like - and - if it is an option, save those settings as a preset for later use.
31st of October 2008 (Fri), 04:22
I know there are good videos out there, but my attention span for watching videos, is like the one I had on the MSCE course i.e. Not very good
The problem seems to be the layers, I just can't seem to get the layers right, it always looks like the original photos that I have took
31st of October 2008 (Fri), 07:31
there are free HDR programs out there ... im not shure there is a way to do it on PS6.. i think you need PSCS2 or PSCS3 or 4 if youre talking doing it by hand... good luck, thats alot of masking and very time consuming. I have never tried using more than two layers and using the blend tool to make em equil... you can try downloading the Photomatix tone mapping, plug in tool but it will leave a watermark that will need to be cloned out.
31st of October 2008 (Fri), 07:33
HDR is fun. but not very easy in photoshop. Photomatix takes away most of the hard work but some people don't like the results. I'm moving towards more manually blending now because I just like it better.
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