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High Dynamic Range images: part two (further information)

An introduction to the ‘High Dynamic Range images: part two’ tutorial

This is the second part of a multi-part tutorial on creating High Dynamic Range images using Photoshop and Photomatix Pro. In this part we take a detailed look at how you can use Photomatix Pro to create and tone map your images, using both the Tone Compressor and Details Enhancer methods. The bulk of this tutorial is taken up with working through the various settings you need to adjust to produce your tone mapped images, but we also include two example images, both of which were produced using the Details Enhancer method. See below for further details.

The specific topics covered include:

  • Shooting for HDR
  • Creating HDR images with Photomatix Pro
  • Tone mapping: an introduction
  • Photomatix Pro: tone mapping using the tone compressor
  • Photomatix Pro: tone mapping using the details enhancer
  • Using the Details Enhancer: example #1
  • Using the Details Enhancer: example #2

This tutorial contains 6092 words, 93 illustrative images and screen grabs, and has received 9 comments.

Please note that this tutorial requires Photoshop and Photomatix Pro.

Photoshop files included with this tutorial

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Example image 1
In this example we will be working with a tone mapped image created from a bracketed sequence of seven original exposures – shot from -3 EV to +3 EV.
The bracketed sequence used for Image 1
 
-3 EV
 
-2 EV
 
-1 EV
     
metered exposure
   
 
+1 EV
 
+2 EV
 
+3 EV
Example image 2
In this example we will be working with a tone mapped image created from a bracketed sequence of four original exposures – shot from -4 EV to +2 EV.
The bracketed sequence used for Image 2
 
-4 EV
 
-2 EV
 
metered exposure
 
+2 EV
What our subscribers have said about this tutorial

"Another superb tutorial David, clear, concise and perfectly described. Definitely one of the best ever on HDR and Photomatix."

Rog

"Great work David, you are a great teacher, this is a great one, i'v been doing HDR for almost a year and did learn some interesting facts. I really enjoy the way you explain the concept and your examples are wonderful, BRAVO!!! and thank you."

Mike

"Thanks David!! Great information, appreciate your time and effort putting these tutorials together. Much better than others I have gone through."

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High Dynamic Range images: part two (further information)