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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.

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.


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comment by Roger at 06:17 PM on 11 May, 2008

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


comment by Mike at 03:30 AM on 12 May, 2008

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

comment by salvatore_ at 07:30 PM on 12 May, 2008

Very very great!
Tks ... !

comment by Gary Hopkins at 07:58 PM on 14 May, 2008

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

comment by DavidC at 06:44 AM on 20 May, 2008

This is a great series, very informative, but you had mentioned that you were probably going to discuss creating a HDR image using a single file in this one, and I was disappointed that it wasn't included in the tutorial. Your words were...

"As I mentioned yesterday, I've been spending a lot of time working through various HDR techniques at the moment, in preparation for next month's tutorial; and while the normal purpose of creating an HDR is to merge a range of bracketed exposures that cover a wide tonal range, there are other ways in which HDR software (e.g. Photomatix Pro) can be used. One technique I particularly like involves converting a single RAW file to generate a pseudo 32-bit HDR, which can then be subsequently tone mapped."

Dont get me wrong, I learned a lot, but was really looking forward for that.

comment by djn1 at 08:14 AM on 20 May, 2008

DavidC: don't worry, that topic will be included in the next instalment of the HDR series. I can't guarantee a publication date, but suspect it will probably come out in July.

comment by Spencer Price at 02:47 AM on 23 September, 2008

This is a great tutorial and my HDR photos are superb. My only problem is my horrible pixelation. I am using a Canon D40 so I know its now my photos themselves. How can I fix this? Will shooting RAW solve it, or can I fix the ones I have shot in high res JPEG?

comment by djn1 at 12:28 PM on 23 September, 2008

Spencer: could you post an example in the forum? I'll be able to give you a better answer if I can see the problem for myself. In the meanwhile though, yes, you'll get better results if you shoot RAW rather than JPEGs.

comment by Andrew McDougall at 09:45 AM on 8 December, 2008

Great tutorial, really liked the detailed explanation of sequencing the original shots to capture a wider range in smaller intervals to open out the shadows and reduce noise. I also also enjoyed the post processing workflow commentary. Would like to see an equivalent tutorial using FDRTools.