MALI wrote in post #3011166
I am new to this HDR thing; let me explain how I thought this worked. You take 3 exposure bracketed shots and combine them into one picture using CS2. That's it.
Thanks for your response that you are using PSCS2. I further assume that when you actually perform the HDR procedures, that you are using the tool called "Merge to HDR".
Be advised that in my experience, only 2 shots (no bracketing) will usually suffice. However, that presumes that your two shots are chosen very carefully - Hi!
If you have not yet read it, may I recommend my tutorial piece on the use of "Merge to HDR".
Step-by-step Tutorial on "Merge to HDR"
Now available at the following Web site:
or as a downloadable PDF:
I would also deeply appreciate your comments (both + and -) on the tutorial. I would also suggest that three shots should be more than adequate - again, based on the presumption that the exposures in those 3 shots are well-chosen, and that is an important part of my tutorial - how to set up for the optimum exposures.
I cannot comment on the masking issues, other than to say that if you simply used "Merge to HDR" for your processing, then any artifacts may have been generated by the "Merge to HDR" tool, OR they may have been produced by the JPG compression. The more I see of JPG compression applied to higher resolution images, the more I realize how seriously JPG compression can damage your image. It might be worth it you post an image of around 1 Megabyte on some other host and just put a link to it here in order to see what your final product looks like with more moderate JPG compression.