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StoneUSMC
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Apr 14, 2012 17:55 |  #1

Hey guys, first post in this particular forum. I'm new to HDR's and just getting started with them. Any suggestions you guys can give would be much appreciated. Also, I've seen people who have pictures linked directly here from Flikr, how exactly do you do that? Thanks for any advice you guys have!

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Apr 14, 2012 19:21 |  #2

I think they look a bit overdone for my taste. I think the first pic has a lot of potential though if not so overdone.


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Apr 15, 2012 00:03 |  #3

What did I overdo specifically? Too much color saturation, or the actual HDR processing? If it were you, what would you do with them?




  
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Apr 15, 2012 00:39 |  #4

I'm new to HDR too. This is my first attempt at it but it was just one take and not the three different shots. Any suggestions?

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Apr 15, 2012 05:01 |  #5

StoneUSMC wrote in post #14267606 (external link)
What did I overdo specifically? Too much color saturation, or the actual HDR processing? If it were you, what would you do with them?

Just feel a little too much hdr. In the first the dark shadow around the clouds and the dark sky just looks unnatural to me.
2nd pic the sky has taken on a greyish look kind of like you have overdone the burn tool in PS again looks a little unnatural too me.
3rd shot looks much better blended, sky is a bit lighter than the foreground wich is what looks more natural to the eye its also a great subject for hdr bringing out the foreground while shooting into the sun.


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Apr 15, 2012 06:34 |  #6

media by lou wrote in post #14267695 (external link)
I'm new to HDR too. This is my first attempt at it but it was just one take and not the three different shots. Any suggestions?
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The first thing that comes to mind would be to start your own thread...not fair to the OP, and it would keep the critiques from getting too confusing. But I will say this...using a single shot and jacking it up in tonemapping is not HDR. Best to read up on the purpose of HDR and then practice it the proper way.


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Apr 15, 2012 06:39 |  #7

StoneUSMC wrote in post #14267606 (external link)
What did I overdo specifically? Too much color saturation, or the actual HDR processing? If it were you, what would you do with them?

There is an unnatural "corona" around most of the major shapes that screams HDR over done...don't try to push it too much for a start. The best HDRs to me are those that leave you wondering if anything was done at all! Or else they are done a bit over the top to achieve a particular effect.


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Apr 15, 2012 06:43 |  #8

StoneUSMC wrote in post #14266236 (external link)
Hey guys, first post in this particular forum. I'm new to HDR's and just getting started with them. Any suggestions you guys can give would be much appreciated. Also, I've seen people who have pictures linked directly here from Flikr, how exactly do you do that? Thanks for any advice you guys have!
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The first question is...are all of these multiple single exposures at varying exposure levels, or did you 'cheat' and make a few exposures from a single RAW file? If the latter, its no wonder that they're all overprocessed...you simply cannot get more dynamic range from a single exposure, no matter how many other exposures get created from it. The final product almost always looks too cartoonish when starting with a single file. What you'll have is a heavily tonemapped image, not an HDR image. If these started out as multiple exposure originals, then you went too heavy on the sliders.


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Apr 15, 2012 17:11 |  #9

Thanks a lot for all the advice here. I've redone the first two, and added a third, trying to keep in mind what you were all saying regarding coronas around objects, and the color changes that showed up in the sky and the clouds. Couldn't get the grey to completely leave the clouds above the airplane, but they were storm clouds, so some of that might just be there either way. Please let me know if these are better, and what I still might need to do.

Also, how do you guys do your exposures? These are all multiple exposures, and I took them at +2/-2. Would +1/-1 give a more natural, yet still HDR? What about doing +2,+1,-1,-2?

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Apr 15, 2012 18:35 |  #10

second batch looks much better.... where were these shot? Az?

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Apr 15, 2012 20:07 |  #11

I like the second batch also. I like HDR.

No pro myself but I found if I have a boring photo of junk, the same in overdone HDR makes it something to look at.




  
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Apr 15, 2012 23:41 |  #12

Mabry, it certainly is in Prescott! I moved out here last September to go to school and try and make good on all that GI Bill money. I love this place man, originally from the east coast. Semper Fi to you too!




  
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