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 PostPost subject: Photomatixs' HDR is fun        Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:39 pm 
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So basically a HDR image is a composite image made by taking several pictures at various exposurs of the same thing. The common is 3 pics, one a -2 stops, one properly exposed and one at +2 stops, SLRs usually let you automatically bracket those values so you could shoot them handheld with a steady hand.

Photomatix is a program that takes the HDR files and turns them into normal files using a process called tone-mapping, all the images above were tone-mapped, as a normal monitor can not display 32-bit images (96-bit total).

If anyone has a camera and Photomatix, try taking some pictures at various exposures (most cameras have a exposure compensation option you can use) and merge them, I'd love to see them!

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:44 pm 
thats all really looking awesome, i always loved HDR :)

thise things look like in "a dream" or an animation or something, really awesome


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For the most part there's to kinds of HDR, the kind Photoshops usually does pretty well is the realistic HDR, which the third one is a good example of, that's what I saw then and there and HDR let me capture that. The Photomatix kind tends to make really dreamy surrealistic HDR that obviously is nowhere near what was actually there.

What kind to choose depends largely on the scene, usually a picture that looks good in PS will look a lot worse in Photomatix and vice versa.

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