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Getting into HDR

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Getting into HDR

Really been wanting to get into this and start enjoying HDR pictures as you can get some really nice results that either match the scene or go beyond and transform it.

To save time I took a few pics of the car but instead of setting the camera to AV it was set to shutter priority - doh. Well its worked to an extent and will have to just get out and practice and practice some more then a bit more practice after that.

Rather than using CS2's HDR feature I had been playing the the Photomatix Pro tool - its a free download from www.hdrsoft.com but it will put a water mark over your images until you register it. The tone mapping is much easier and more powerful than CS2's manipulation. I took the plunge and paid the £50 registration as I know I am going to be doing a lot more HDR stuff and the program works a treat.

Here are some of the pics of the car, even though the av changed on each exposure I got away with it I think....

Getting into HDR

Getting into HDR

Getting into HDR

The third looks cool, the first two seem to have a wierd oil slick like reflection

Im a big fan of HDR and play with all the time, but your first two look more like one of the poncey filters in photoshop or something. 3 looks shit hot though, composition and apature make it a top shot too imo!!I also use photomatix dont think its worth paying for though, there are plenty of other free apps that'll do the same.

the first two were purposefully done that way as I personally love that sureal feelthanks about the 3rd

here is a more realistic HDR of the first pic

What's HDR?

Flaps wrote

What's HDR?

Just in case Google is broken and you're not a help vampire then HDR = High Dynamic Range

Jimbo wrote

Just in case Google is broken and you're not a help vampire then HDR = High Dynamic Range

I thought it was a STD.

Stig wrote

here is a more realistic HDR of the first pic

This one looks better than the first HDR one. Like the Number plate too

Is that a Vauxhall?

yes, its a Vauxhall Monaro

Jimbo wrote

Just in case Google is broken and you're not a help vampire then HDR = High Dynamic Range

What's high dynamic range?

I've no idea what this HDR thing is about Stig....... but I love those pictures.

Flaps wrote

What's high dynamic range?

pmsl

I like the more realistic shots. As others have said, the third shot in the first set is the winner.Should have cleaned the front wheels first though.

pah those wheels had 4 months of brake dust caked on I blame the esso car wash I do prefer the propper looking pics but there is somethingg about the oil slick ones I like too

I like the first two also. no technical reasons, they just look interesting.

Stig wrote

here is a more realistic HDR of the first pic

As an aside, with this shot, you would have achieved virtually the same shot with a simple grad filter for the sky. That does require extra equipment though.I think the clouds should be lighter though.I do like HDR stuff, it works exceptionally well for indoor shots with windows in shot.

I've probably used it,just never knew that it was called HDR.Everything has to have a snappy name these days.

 This is how HDR look like 

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