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First Attempts at HDR, Please Help

 
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Dec 10, 2012 23:40 |  #1

Hey everyone,

So I finally edited together my first batch of HDR photos. Overall, I know I need work. I can't figure out whether to do natural HDR, surreal HDR, or a combo of both.

Honestly, I'm not sure what I did to each besides stack in Photomatix Pro 4.2.4 and did some exposure, contrast, and color editing in Photoshop CS5.5.

Overall, I know I am a beginner, but these are just my results of messing around with a bunch of sliders which I don't know exactly what they do... Please give advice, in noob terms if at all possible :D

Also, completely irrelevant, but do you guys like a black border around photos or no? The only reason I have them is so I can crop my photos however I want but they will remain on a constant size canvas for printing.

IMAGE: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-5e14rNWFsvA/UMbF2tdSmeI/AAAAAAAAA6U/GzWze2dfOuE/s1046/Tunnel+HDR.jpg

IMAGE: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Ne0nU1X4mxo/UMbF5WxAA-I/AAAAAAAAA6c/9QIUj53NEw8/s1046/Trail+HDR.jpg

IMAGE: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-TFHO90y4FdY/UMbF777b5-I/AAAAAAAAA6k/72Y2S3lZhx0/s1046/Park+HDR.jpg

IMAGE: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-MsHec15P0cE/UMbF-Sgdz_I/AAAAAAAAA6s/MtskgyTg-IE/s1046/Graffiti+HDR.jpg

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Dec 10, 2012 23:47 |  #2

First welcome to POTN.:)

These are very nice compositions but I'm not sure that HDR is really needed here, except maybe the tunnel shot...Good job keeping the colors more or less realistic though.


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Dec 11, 2012 00:41 |  #3

rrblint wrote in post #15351818 (external link)
First welcome to POTN.:)

These are very nice compositions but I'm not sure that HDR is really needed here, except maybe the tunnel shot...Good job keeping the colors more or less realistic though.

That is exactly what I was thinking also. But then I also see some shots on here where I didn't think HDR was necessary, but those same shots are people's favorites, so I basically just did it anyway...

Obviously, as I get better with Photomatix + Photoshop + Photography, I will get better results. But mainly, I am going to try and find some more HDR worthy scenes in the next few days to continue working on it with better photos. Also, now that I recently got a tripod I can get even better shots :D

And as for the colors, I tried keeping them pretty realistic except for the one at the park. The sky was not nearly that blue, and the grass not nearly that green, but I was going for a more surreal, saturated feel for that one.

Thanks for your response. I can tell I'm going to learn a lot here on POTN and probably get in way over my head, but that is what learning is all about :D


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Dec 11, 2012 13:47 as a reply to  @ ssick92's post |  #4

If one uses Photamatix you need to cut back on yellows, its just the nature of the beats so to speak.
Also may want to look into Lumiosity masks at some point in the future, they can help with that "flat" look that HDR images sometimes have, great site for that here: http://www.goodlight.u​s/writing/tutorials.ht​ml (external link).
I know your learning a lot , so this is for future reference only, but there very helpful.
So get in over your head and have some fun !


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Dec 11, 2012 16:18 |  #5

Bsmooth wrote in post #15353990 (external link)
If one uses Photamatix you need to cut back on yellows, its just the nature of the beats so to speak.
Also may want to look into Lumiosity masks at some point in the future, they can help with that "flat" look that HDR images sometimes have, great site for that here: http://www.goodlight.u​s/writing/tutorials.ht​ml (external link).
I know your learning a lot , so this is for future reference only, but there very helpful.
So get in over your head and have some fun !

Cool, thanks for the link! I'll definitely start poking around there.


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Dec 11, 2012 23:32 |  #6

Here is my newest attempt. Colors are a little surreal but not as far off as you might think. At least it is a shot that needs HDR:

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Dec 12, 2012 00:24 as a reply to  @ ssick92's post |  #7

This is a definite improvement:)...You have a very good eye for composition.

There is some haloing around the trees on the left, but I like the surreal quality of this one.


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Dec 12, 2012 09:08 as a reply to  @ rrblint's post |  #8

Sometime you may want to process 2 while tonemapping, one for the details, and another for the sky, and blend them, that way you get a great looking sky and great details as well.


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Dec 12, 2012 14:20 |  #9

Bsmooth wrote in post #15357249 (external link)
Sometime you may want to process 2 while tonemapping, one for the details, and another for the sky, and blend them, that way you get a great looking sky and great details as well.

Never thought about layering 2 "different" HDR photos. I will have to try that because the sky in my last one definitely looks weird to me... Thanks for the suggestion!


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Dec 15, 2012 21:22 |  #10

I think the first one could use a boost of color and a small (very small) bit of lab color sharpening on the lightness tab


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Dec 16, 2012 02:18 |  #11

I was doing a night timelapse and decided I would shoot an HDR photo as well. This is the HDR that resulted. This was taken at about 12:00am. The highest exposure shot was taken with a bulb timer of 45 seconds, and I still couldn't really get the dark areas the get any detail and I didn't want to bump the ISO past 800.

I am actually fairly happy with the result. Once again I don't think it is true HDR but the high exposures helped get some extra detail in there:

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Dec 17, 2012 02:58 |  #12

Here is my recent attempt at an HDR photo. I was going for as realistic as possible with this one. I like the result I just wish the clouds would have given me a little more to work with...

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Dec 17, 2012 07:19 |  #13

Like this one John.


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Dec 17, 2012 08:34 as a reply to  @ rrblint's post |  #14

Nailed this one John, and the clouds look good.
Look at it this way, you'll have lots more opportunities right ?

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Dec 18, 2012 05:31 |  #15

Thanks Mark and Bruce, it feels good to be able to noticeably see improvement in only a couple short weeks. And yes, there will be tons more opportunities :D


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