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HDR Photos in Photoshop CS3

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
Hi All

Just wondering how everyone else makes their HDR photos using Photoshop CS3.

Does anyone else have any wishy-washy photos as the end result?

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You can use some software called Photomatix. Otherwise there is a function to merge HDR images in PS (file... automate... merge to HDR), not sure if you've been using that or doing it manually somehow?

    Anyway what do you mean by wishy-washy? Do you mean the objects have halos around them? If so you might need to turn down the local contrast. I use Photomatix so I'm not 100% sure about how PS does it.

    There are plenty of tutorials, like this one.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I wouldn't expect wishy-washy colours. The exact opposite is the concept.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I can't stand the HDR function within Photoshop so I did it manually. Took 5 photos of different exposures then layered them. Then I used the erase tool and a graphics tablet and just exposed the correctly exposed parts of the image.

    I'd show you, but for some reason uploads won't work.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sounds like a lot of effort mate! Photomatix works well enough for me.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Sounds like a lot of effort mate! Photomatix works well enough for me.


    I won't disagree with you, the bonus is though that you get a perfectly exposed photo that doesn't look fake.

    I know some HDR photos look amazing in terms of the vividness of the colours, it's not an effect i'm too bothered about reproducing though.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Whowhere wrote: »
    I won't disagree with you, the bonus is though that you get a perfectly exposed photo that doesn't look fake.

    I know some HDR photos look amazing in terms of the vividness of the colours, it's not an effect i'm too bothered about reproducing though.
    I agree, I don't like the "HDR effect" some people try to achieve - I see it simply as way of capturing more dynamic range than you could otherwise using one exposure.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Photos I wanted to 'Merge-to-HDR'
    hdr1c.jpg
    hdr1b.jpg
    hdr1a.jpg

    Result
    Untitled_HDR2copy.png

    Added more Hue/Saturation
    HDR1.png
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