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Save Tone-Mapped HDR Images in Photoshop Elements

To get to this point, you took bracketed photos, created and tone mapped the HDR image, and then saved the tone mapped image as a JPEG or TIFF. Although you could publish that version to the Web, you’ll [more…]

HDR Photography — Blend Material from Alternate Sources

Be on the lookout for areas where you may need to blend material in from alternate sources. For example, if part of the sky is blown out, you might want to replace the blown-out sky with a version that [more…]

HDR Photography: Sharpen Images in Photoshop Elements

Remember, you want to preserve the Background layer of your HDR image in Photoshop Elements so you have the original tone mapped image within this file. Layers are important when it comes to editing a [more…]

Perform Noise Reduction on an HDR Photograph

In Photoshop Elements, you can edit your tone-mapped HDR image further. Reducing noise is similar to sharpening. Remember, you want to preserve the Background layer of your HDR image in Photoshop Elements [more…]

Correct HDR Photographs in Photoshop Elements

Once you've taken your HDR photographs and tone mapped them, you can open the new HDR image in Photoshp Elements and begin to edit, checking color, white balance, and brightness. [more…]

Straighten HDR Photographs in Photoshop Elements

Correct any lens distortions and straighten your HDR image in Photoshop Elements by choosing Filter→Correct Camera Distortion to open the Correct Camera Distortion dialog box, as shown in the figure. Remember [more…]

Blend HDR Photographs in Photoshop Elements

Clearly, some HDR image edits don’t require blending when you edit them in Photoshop Elements. Say the image looks great. A little sharpening across the image is fine. There is no need for noise reduction [more…]

How to Tone Map an HDR Image

Everything else in high dynamic range (HDR) photography either leads up to or follows tone mapping. Tone mapping occurs when you convert a higher dynamic range image to one with a lower dynamic range, [more…]

Use Photomatix Pro to Edit HDR Images

To effectively use any high dynamic range (HDR) photography application, you must know what the controls do. They are the interface between you, the mathematical algorithms that define tone mapping, and [more…]

Tone Map HDR Images with Photomatix Tone Compressor

Tone Compressor, as shown in this figure, is another way to tone map your high dynamic range (HDR) images in Photomatix Pro. As the name suggests, dark and light tones on the extremes of the histogram [more…]

How to Tone Map HDR Images with Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop provides limited options for tone mapping your high dynamic range (HDR) images (and not just in Elements, where tone mapping options are nonexistent). The goal in Photoshop CS3 and CS4 [more…]

HDR Work-Flow for Single-Exposure Photographs

By and large, single-exposure high dynamic range follows the same workflow as bracketed HDR photography. There may be minor differences, so here is a run-through of the work-flow: [more…]

HDR Photography: Tone Mapping for Single Exposures

Technically, tone mapping single exposures (whether Raw or a Raw converted to brackets) is identical to tone mapping bracketed exposures for high dynamic range photography. The difference is that you probably [more…]

Reduce Noise in Single-Exposure HDR Photographs

This example of reducing noise in a single-exposure high dynamic range photograph shows the controls of a fire engine. It was a casual snapshot taken during an outing. [more…]

HDR Photography: Use a Raw Photo without Brackets

Single-exposure high dynamic range photography tends to involve shots of people, animals, action and other casual shots. You can use a single Raw photo without converting it to brackets to prepare a pseudo-HDR [more…]

Create HDR Images in Photoshop Elements 8

Photoshop Elements 8 has joined the ranks of HDR-capable applications. Elements' high dynamic range photograph feature is not that powerful — it’s basically exposure blending with a little tone mapping [more…]

HDR Photography: Get Ready to Tone Map

After you've taken your photographs, it’s time to get down to the practical matter of tone mapping an HDR image in Photomatix Pro. This list helps you make sure you are ready for the process of tone mapping [more…]

HDR Photography: Adjust Brightness and Contrast in Photomatix

To adjust your HDR image’s brightness and contrast in Photomatix Pro after tone-mapping, you use the White Point, Black Point, Luminosity, Gamma, and Strength settings. At this point, you’re just getting [more…]

Fix Light Balance of HDR Image in Photomatix

To adjust the light balance and overall effect in your HDR image in Photomatix Pro, use the Strength and Smoothing settings. If your baseline settings have been dialed in to the point that you’re happy [more…]

HDR Photography: Adjust Color in Photomatix

To adjust and enhance the color in your HDR image that has been tone mapped in Photomatix Pro, you use the Color Saturation, Saturation Highlights, Saturation Shadows, and Temperature settings. [more…]

HDR Photography: Tweak Details in Photomatix

To tweak the details in your tone mapped HDR image in Photomatix Pro, you use the Microcontrast and Luminosity settings. Microcontrast is the go-to control for local contrast because it accentuates details [more…]

Save Your HDR Image in Photomatix Pro

You have finished tone mapping an HDR image in Photomatix Pro. When you’re happy with the high dynamic range photo results, it’s time to process and save: [more…]

HDR Photography: How to Tone Map in Photoshop

Tone mapping high dynamic range images in Photoshop is much more streamlined than in an application like Photomatix Pro, essentially because you have so few options. Your main decision is to choose one [more…]

HDR Photography: Adjust Tone Mapping in Photoshop

After you have tone-mapped your high dynamic range image in Photoshop, you can make adjustments, such as using Exposure and Gamma to protect highlights, using Highlight Compression to squeeze the highlights [more…]

Compare Tone Mapping of HDR Photographs

Individual high dynamic range images often look great. It’s when you compare two differently tone mapped versions of the same HDR image, however, that you see flaws you missed or something you like better [more…]

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