The Adventure Continues…

YOU DON’T ALWAYS NEED HDR SOFTWARE

©KKEITH / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

©KKEITH / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

NOW, DON’T GET ME WRONG…I LOVE HDR IMAGES AND HAVE MORE THAN ONE HDR PROGRAM PLUS HDR PRO IN PHOTOSHOP CC AND CS5 EXTENDED. HOWEVER, WHAT I DO THE MAJORITY OF THE TIME IS TO EXPORT THE BRACKETED IMAGES FROM LIGHTROOM TO HDR PRO IN PHOTOSHOP THEN BACK TO LIGHTROOM AS A 32 BIT TIFF FILE. IF YOU’RE NEW TO THIS, YOU MUST HAVE LIGHTROOM 4.1 OR LATER AND PHOTOSHOP CS5 OR LATER. FOR THIS INTERIOR, A BRACKET OF 3 EXPOSURES (‘NORMAL’, +2 STOPS & -2STOPS) WAS MADE SO THAT I COULD CAPTURE DETAIL OUTSIDE THE TINTED WINDOWS, AS WELL AS THE WIDE RANGE OF INTERIOR AMBIENT LIGHT. ONCE RETURNED TO LIGHTROOM FROM MERGING IN HDR PRO, THE RESULTANT TIFF WAS SENT TO TOPAZ DETAIL3 FOR SOME ‘MICRO CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT’ AND ‘OVERALL DETAIL LIGHT’ ADJUSTMENTS THEN ON TO TOPAZ ADJUST 5 FOR SOME ADDED ‘DRAMA’. I COULD HAVE DONE TONE-MAPPING IN ONE OF THE HDR PROGRAMS, BUT THINK I HAVE CAPTURED THE AMBIANCE OF THE RESTAURANT ENVIRONMENT WITH THE ABOVE SIMPLE TECHNIQUE. KKEITH

Advertisements

2 responses

  1. I love the HDR work, but when shooting HDR photos for real estate, is there an easy way to color correct daylight streaming in from the windows? Adobe is nice, but on a realistic time schedule, I like to use Aperture. Do I have to convert to Adobe to color correct mixed lighting in HDR work?

    April 16, 2014 at 6:09 PM

  2. Is it really necessary that the streaming daylight be altered to match interior ambient lighting (incandescent and/or fluorescent)? If so, I would double-process the merged HDR image in the RAW dialog, once with daylight balance and once with ambient lighting balance, combining the two with added layer masks. Best of luck!

    April 16, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s