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Mar 13, 2012 17:16 |  #1

I got interested on "HDR" and downloaded Luminance. I already have Canon's DPP, EOS Utility and PS 7.0. I have a couple of questions and a few pics to show.

Does it matter if I set the WB before blending or can I do it during the processing in PS? Do I have to remember the EV's or can I just throw in +-1 and 0, does the program recognize the EV scale (0.5, 1, 2, ...) ?

I would also appreciate if someone could tell me more about the operators in Luminance. What should be done to achieve a good "HDR"? I used either Fattal+Mantiuk or Fattal+Drago but I had no idea what effect all the adjustments had. Is it possible to use more than just two operators?

What more can I do on PS besides adding curves and sharpening?

These are what I came up with today:

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My main interest was on achieving the HDR look so I didn't concentrate on the composition. There's a really dark area which I would have done different. What other improvements could be done?

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I think I jolt the camera with this one eventhough I was using a tripod so the pics were not in sync. Can this be corrected manually afterwards or are all these kind of shots lost ones? There seems to be white lining on the top of the trees, where did I go wrong?

I know these are pretty horrible but I'm planning on becoming better :mrgreen:

- Katri

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Mar 17, 2012 08:34 |  #2

KatriS wrote in post #14080345 (external link)
I got interested on "HDR" and downloaded Luminance. I already have Canon's DPP, EOS Utility and PS 7.0. I have a couple of questions and a few pics to show.

Does it matter if I set the WB before blending or can I do it during the processing in PS? Do I have to remember the EV's or can I just throw in +-1 and 0, does the program recognize the EV scale (0.5, 1, 2, ...) ?

I would set the white balance during the shooting process, but it's not a must. As far as I know, the program will process each photo and find out which shot is which, so you don't need to remember the metering.

I would also appreciate if someone could tell me more about the operators in Luminance. What should be done to achieve a good "HDR"? I used either Fattal+Mantiuk or Fattal+Drago but I had no idea what effect all the adjustments had. Is it possible to use more than just two operators?

I haven't used that program so I can't tell you exactly what to do, but you should just experiment with all of the features and see what effect they have.

What more can I do on PS besides adding curves and sharpening?

Selective color, saturation, pretty much anything that you want to change.

These are what I came up with today:

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My main interest was on achieving the HDR look so I didn't concentrate on the composition. There's a really dark area which I would have done different. What other improvements could be done?

Not all scenese are going to have equal separation between the shadows, midtones, and highlights so you'll have to take a few more shots at different exposures.

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I think I jolt the camera with this one eventhough I was using a tripod so the pics were not in sync. Can this be corrected manually afterwards or are all these kind of shots lost ones? There seems to be white lining on the top of the trees, where did I go wrong?

The programs that Ive used will auto align each photo. If yours doesn't, open them as layers in photoshop and align them there. This was shot handheld: https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1161029

The white lining could be blown out highlights, if that's the case you just need to extended your bracketing again. Without seeing the originals, I could be wrong.


I know these are pretty horrible but I'm planning on becoming better :mrgreen:

- Katri

Answers in red. I hope it helps.


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Mar 17, 2012 12:56 |  #3

Thanks for your answers. I have managed to come up with this https://photography-on-the.net …p=14083951&post​count=2457 and I'm pleased with the results. Next I'll be trying something more realistic.


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Mar 17, 2012 22:35 |  #4

Here is a list of papers that review the TMOs offered in Luminance:

http://www.mpi-inf.mpg.de/resources/t​mo/ (external link)

follow the links to read the basis for each TMO.

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