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28 November, 2010 / Rob

Fibro Garage

I got to go outside yesterday to practice some more HDR.  I didn’t realise till afterwards how important it was to get the normal bracket version exposure exactly right.

I  found the HDR software tends to try and brighten all the shadows up to be on par with the brightest part of the photo – which creates some very ugly artifacts if the bracketed images all have the shadows in darkness.  I’m thinking at the moment it’s best to expose for the mid-range – or at least slightly over expose the normal bracket slightly.

I also played around with the curves and levels a bit in Aperture 3.

So far, I think the best subjects are things with lots of detail and not a huge disparity between the highlights and shadows.  They seem to be the easiest to get a nice HDR look.

All in all, it’s still a bit of a hit and miss.

Below is the normal bracket for comparison and effect:

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