HDR Cookbook – Before and After: Take me to Istanbul (HDR Panorama)


This is the before-and-after comparison of “Take me to Istanbul (HDR Panorama)“. The final image was created from 10×3 TIFF files (10 series of 3 autobracketed RAW images that were converted to TIFFs using Abobe Camera RAW). You can see the 30 source images at the top. These images were merged into 10 32-bit HDRs and tone-mapped with Photomatix Pro 4.0 (details enhancer option) using the same settings for each image. The resulting 10 16-bit TIFF images where then stitched using Photoshop CS4. The result of the stitching, perspective correction, cropping, and retouching can be seen in he middle. At the bottom, you see the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS4.

The final image and a more detailed description of the post-processing steps can be viewed on flickr. Click on the image below to view a bigger version.

Take me to Istanbul (HDR Panorama) - Before-and-After (click to enlarge)

HDR Cookbook – The Making of “Santorini Cathedral (HDR)”


You can now order prints of this image.

This video shows the entire post-processing work starting with the tone-mapping  the HDR image  all the way through to the finishing touches. Each major step is indicated by a subtitle.

View the final result and read more information on the post-processing work here: Santorini Cathedral (HDR)

Also take a look at the before-and-after comparison of this image.

…and Download the source images here to test your own skills.

Remarks

  • This video is available in HD (1080p). Click the “YouTube” button to the lower right of the player above to go to the original video to watch it in HD. Important: You will have to switch the player to “1080p” to watch the HD version!
  • In HD mode, you can stop at any position and see the exact parameter setting I applied. Use the knob on the time bar to move forward and backward as the video is paused.

HDR Cookbook – Pics to play with: Santorini Cathedral (HDR)


Here are the source images of the “Santorini Cathedral” image. Its a set of 6 exposures for you to download and play with. Feel free to play with the pics, create different versions and post them wherever you like! The only thing I’d ask you to do in return is

  1. to refer to me as the provider of the source images and
  2. to refer to this page such that others may play with the pics too.

Details

The download archive contains the 6 source exposures in TIFF format with watermarks on them (I always try to put the watermark in a spot that is not too distracting). These TIFFs were created by running the RAW files through Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). I reduced the CA and retained the default settings of ACR, turning off any noise reduction and sharpening. Then I aligned all the TIFFs in Photoshop and applied the watermark. Thus, you can directly feed the images into Photomatix (or whichever HDR software you are using). You should turn off image alignment. Alternatively, you could apply noise reduction before feeding the photos into the HDR software (go here for details).

You can now order prints of this image.

Pics and Information

HDR Cookbook – Before and After: Santorini Cathedral (HDR)


This is the before-and-after comparison of “Santorini Cathedral (HDR)“. On the left side, you see the original source images straight out of the camera. This image is based on a 6-shot autobracketing series with +2EV to -3EV in 1EV steps. In the middle, you see the result of merging those shots into a 32-bit HDR and subsequent tone-mapping using the detail enhancer option of Photomatix Pro 4.0. And finally, the right side shows the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS4.

Click on the image below to view a bigger version.

You can now order prints of this image.

For this image, you can also find the following resources

  1. The flickr photo page with a larger version of the final image and more behind the scenes information
  2. A Making-of time-lapse video that shows how the image evolved through all the stages of processing
  3. The source images for you to play with and test your own skills
  4. Order prints

Santorini Church (HDR) - before-and-after (click to enlarge)


HDR Cookbook – Before and After: St. Martin’s Cathedral (HDR Vertorama)


This is the before-and-after comparison of “St. Martin’s Cathedral (HDR Vertorama)“. The final image was created from 4×5 TIFF files (series of 4 autobracketed RAW images, +2, 0, -2ev that were converted to 4×5 TIFFs using Abobe Camera RAW with the Five TIFFs method). You can see the 12 source images in the left three columns. These images were merged into 4 32-bit HDRs and tone-mapped with Photomatix Pro 4.0 (details enhancer option) using the same settings for each image. The resulting 4 16-bit TIF images where then stitched using Photoshop CS4. The result of the stitching, perspective correction, cropping, and retouching can be seen in the middle column. In the right column, you see the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS4.

The final image and a more detailed description of the post-processing steps can be viewed on flickr. Click on the image below to view a bigger version.

St. Martin's Cathedral (HDR Vertorama) - Before and After (click to enlarge)

HDR Cookbook – Before and After: The Library (HDR Vertorama)


This is the before-and-after comparison of “The Library (HDR Vertorama)“. The final image was created from 7×3 TIFF files (series of 3 autobracketed RAW images, +2, 0, -2ev that were converted to TIFFs using Abobe Camera RAW). You can see the 21 source images in the left three columns. These images were merged into 7 32-bit HDRs and tone-mapped with Photomatix Pro 4.0 (details enhancer option) using the same settings for each image. The resulting 7 16-bit TIF images where then stitched using Photoshop CS4. The result of the stitching, perspective correction, cropping, and retouching can be seen in the middle column. In the right column, you see the final image after a number of post-processing steps executed in Photoshop CS4.

The final image and a more detailed description of the post-processing steps can be viewed on flickr. Click on the image below to view a bigger version.

The Library (HDR Vertorama) - Before-and-After comparison (click to enlarge)

HDR Cookbook – The Secrets of Hand-held HDR Shooting


Most HDR tutorials and books implicitly assume that you are using a tripod for your work. A tripod gives you stability, ensures that images are perfectly aligned straight out of the camera, and allows for long shutter speeds without blur. However, there are also a number of disadvantages, and in many situations you are forced to shoot hand-held. But how do you shoot the source photos for an HDR image hand-held to get the highest possible quality? In this recipe, you will learn about the proper technique and technology for hand-held HDR shooting.
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