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09-24-08 – In and Out

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  • #1407
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    Show us inside and outside, or in here and out there, in one photo. HDR allowed but not required.

    Theme suggestion courtesy of SilverStag–thanks!

    #18595
    soosh
    Participant

    awesome, I’ve been wanting an HDR theme.

    #18596
    justkat
    Participant

    ‘scuse a n00b question: what the heck is HDR? 😉

    #18597
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    High Dynamic Range photography. It involves taking bracketed shots and combining them in post processing to maintain detail across a wider range than is possible with digital (or film for that matter) cameras. There’s a board here on the forums specifically for it, and there’s lots of info in there on techniques and software 🙂

    #18598
    justkat
    Participant

    thanks. i’ll have to check it out so i can figure out how that’s different from stitching for a panorama.

    /gotta love how much I’m learning! 🙂

    #18599
    Killerclaw
    Participant

    awesome, I’ve been wanting an HDR theme.

    Might we be seeing the ruins?

    #18600
    corsec67
    Participant

    ‘scuse a n00b question: what the heck is HDR? 😉

    See my guide that I made for the last time we did a HDR theme.
    http://www.farktography.net/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=1154

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask.

    #18601
    justkat
    Participant

    ‘scuse a n00b question: what the heck is HDR? 😉

    See my guide that I made for the last time we did a HDR theme.
    http://www.farktography.net/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=1154

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask.

    thanks. my brain isn’t working well enough right now for me to judge if I can understand that explanation or will need to ask more questions. 😉

    #18602
    soosh
    Participant

    awesome, I’ve been wanting an HDR theme.

    Might we be seeing the ruins?

    quite possibly.

    #18603
    U-Man
    Participant

    Questions –

    I had a computer crash after the last HDR theme so, other than PS2, I have no HDR software. I went to the Qtpfsgui download page and was confronted with a choice. The new version 1.9.2 or the stable version 1.8.12. What should I use?

    Is the photoshop HDR software any good?

    What do you guys think about Photomatix? http://www.hdrsoft.com/

    #18604
    schnee
    Participant

    This guy has nice things to say about the Photoshop software and shies away from Photomatix.

    I’ve used the 1.8.x versions of qtpfsqui, but I’d probably jump to the 1.9 versions just ’cause.

    This other guy has had some critical success with HDR and Photomatix. I think it is all in how you use it and what look you are going for.

    #18605
    linguine
    Participant

    I’d give the newer version of qtpfsgui a try(I haven’t yet) because I think it’s supposed to include an updated, and hopefully even better version of mantituk, which is more realistic tone mapping settings.

    #18606
    U-Man
    Participant

    Corsec67 and schnee – Thank you very much for your input.

    Call me a n00b, an un-purist or perhaps progressive – but I favor the crazy HDR that looks almost like a painting or cartoon. While I can see the value of realistic HDR, that stuff from http://stuckincustoms.com/2006/06/06/548/ really catches my eye.

    After playing with the trial version of Photomatix (not photomatrix) a bit I just bought it. Here’s one I did last night.

    http://photos.imageevent.com/ulle17/fark/Cabin_3220_HDRc.jpg

    I typically don’t shoot in RAW – partially because it chews up memory but primarily because I don’t understand it. However, I think I’ll be doing a lot more bracketed, RAW stuff just in case I want to try out the scene in HDR.

    / I think that this relates to this theme but if the discussion should continue in another forum just let me know.

    #18607
    corsec67
    Participant

    Corsec67 and schnee – Thank you very much for your input.

    After playing with the trial version of Photomatix (not photomatrix) a bit I just bought it. Here’s one I did last night.

    http://photos.imageevent.com/ulle17/fark/Cabin_3220_HDRc.jpg

    I typically don’t shoot in RAW – partially because it chews up memory but primarily because I don’t understand it. However, I think I’ll be doing a lot more bracketed, RAW stuff just in case I want to try out the scene in HDR.

    / I think that this relates to this theme but if the discussion should continue in another forum just let me know.

    That is pretty cool, and not too cartoony as some HDRs can get. How many images is that from?

    You don’t need to use RAW for HDR, but it can help. I just lock everything down (white balance, aperture, focal length, ISO), and use jpegs.

    (This discussion is very relevant to this contest)

    #18608
    U-Man
    Participant

    How many images is that from?

    You don’t need to use RAW for HDR, but it can help. I just lock everything down (white balance, aperture, focal length, ISO), and use jpegs.

    (This discussion is very relevant to this contest)

    Three photos. 1/100, 1/400, 1/1000 sec. f13, ISO 800.

    If I shoot in shutter priority mode, focal length and aperture are fixed. Are white balance and ISO locked as well? Or would I need to shoot in manual mode?

    After my initial reading about HDR, I thought that RAW was almost mandatory. I guess not. Perhaps I’ll play with jpeg’s in HDR.

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