s1a1om wrote in post #18226205
Perhaps it was overprocessed, but the HDR effect in it was minimal. Here is a single exposure of the room with no HDR effects (or tone mapping). As you can see the main difference is the dearth of exterior details, which were brought back a bit with a second exposure in the first image. The fire looks a bit better in this one, but very similar. The shadows are also slightly darker, but I could have brought those up to match the first. I'm not necessarily disagreeing that the image was overprocessed, just showing that it doesn't seem (to me) to really be an effect of the HDR used to bring back some outside details. If you disagree, please help me to see what I'm missing. I'm still very new and learn a lot from everyone's comments.
Ah okay so it's the processing (in lightroom?) that is causing that look. My advice is to basically never touch the clarity slider, it essentially causes the same issues that HDR does and is way too easy to go overboard with. I understand that the far wall/fireplace/overall scene is very similar in hue and value, so it's tempting to use a heavy hand when adjusting micro-contrast, but subtlety is your friend here.
Another element that needs to be addressed is your camera positioning: when doing a one-point perspective it is critical to make sure your camera is level (press the info button a couple times and you should find the digital level) and and completely perpendicular to the opposing walls/features. The horizontal lines in this image slope down to the right, especially the fireplace, and the verticals are out of whack, it gives it a real funhouse feel. Also make sure to check the 'enable lens profile correction' box in lightroom to get rid of the barrel distortion.
Overall I like the mood of the image, and the framing for the most part, it's a strong composition (not the best if if it's for real estate but for promotional material it's great) but it's the heavy-handedness with the processing and the skewed lines that prevent it from being a fantastic image.