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Re: Bracket and Blends: How To
< Reply # 60 on 9/11/2009 7:24 PM >
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I started playing with the blending tool in Photomatix again. It really does yield great results:

http://farm3.stati...636_ee4b19ec16.jpg



Currently unavailable but I will check later...def wanna check it out.




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Re: Bracket and Blends: How To
< Reply # 61 on 9/11/2009 7:43 PM >
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Currently unavailable but I will check later...def wanna check it out.


too late to modify... heres the correct image link





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Re: Bracket and Blends: How To
< Reply # 62 on 9/11/2009 8:04 PM >
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too late to modify... heres the correct image link

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Whoa! Tasty...and depressing at the same time. The blend is great though...perfect.




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Re: Bracket and Blends: How To
< Reply # 63 on 9/30/2009 8:23 PM >
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Hey Desmet, I recently downloaded Photoshop CS4. Is there anything I would have to know about or change to use your tutorial, since CS3 is mentioned in it?




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< Reply # 64 on 9/30/2009 8:31 PM >
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I'm pretty impressed with Photomatix's exposure blending tool.






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Used the Photomatix tool again, results continue to impress

Four minute and one minute exposures, both at f/8 and ISO100







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Used the Photomatix tool again, results continue to impress



Definitely. Nice work.




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< Reply # 68 on 10/27/2009 8:56 PM >
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Hey Desmet, I recently downloaded Photoshop CS4. Is there anything I would have to know about or change to use your tutorial, since CS3 is mentioned in it?




Nope, same deal.




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Wow, nice, you guys are getting some great stuff out of that Photomatrix deal!

The only thing that I noticed is that it didnt always seem to be able to preserve the highlights when there is an extreme amount of DR when you use the "Adjust" mode. You have to use the 2 image mode in order to get it to work right on some images. Usually when I shoot high DR situations I will take shots one stop apart until I get a shot for every area. Usually it will blend all of them fine with a little adjustment, but I was losing some detail outside of windows on a couple shots. Went with the two shot blend and it worked fine. Very odd.




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< Reply # 70 on 10/28/2009 3:33 AM >
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Nope, same deal.


Thank you Desmet.




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I use this method about 3 times year. Although I use Photomatix for some HDR every now and then, I never really tried using exposure blending option. I was excited to try it today, but for this example I still needed to go with the old school Desmet B&B method. The reason being I had some spots that needs special attention and Photomatrix treats the whole photo as a whole while with 'the method' I can be very selective.

The Desmet method allowed me to have non-blown out arched brick in the foreground with the long tunnel not lit up in blue which is also sort of blown out. Combined each shot had pieces of what I was looking to try and capture (or salvage).


The Shadow
Blown out foreground brick arch but okay tunnel



The Highlight
Good foreground brick by crazy tunnel



The B&B taking the best of both worlds


Then an attempt at some color balance correction:



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That last one looks REALLY good trent!




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Well, it's funny you mention panos because that has been a problem for me...


For a bit more automation and ease i use AutoPano Pro for building my pano's. it allows me to blend images and have total control over the process if i want it




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Thank you for posting this and explaining everything.......It's exactly what I've been needing to know and learn!!!




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Thanks for such a great tutorial! I have yet to try this, but I definitely will in the future.

I noticed a lot of people are asking if their versions of photoshop are capable of this, and if you're using Elements or an old version of Photoshop, I'm pretty sure GIMP can do all of this.
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
It's a free photo editing program from GNU I use, and I'm pretty sure it's able to this. The tutorial might not apply click to click, but I'll check what the differences are. They're probably fairly similar.




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Thanks for such a great tutorial! I have yet to try this, but I definitely will in the future.

I noticed a lot of people are asking if their versions of photoshop are capable of this, and if you're using Elements or an old version of Photoshop, I'm pretty sure GIMP can do all of this.
http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
It's a free photo editing program from GNU I use, and I'm pretty sure it's able to this. The tutorial might not apply click to click, but I'll check what the differences are. They're probably fairly similar.


Since I have been unable to re-install my CS4 after reformatting my hard drive, I look forward to seeing what you come up with Floyd.




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very interesting indeed. I hadn't thought about using layer masks. I am just starting to toy around with HDR and have noticed how unpredictable some of the blends can be. Thanks for taking the time to post this.




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Wow man, Im glad people still get something out of this.

FWIW I have found the Nik HDR Efx Pro 2 plugin for photoshop to be really good. It gives the best control over the image output of anything I've tried.

B&B definitely still has it's place and a lot of times I will HDR the image and then manually blend in sections I couldn't get the HDR tool to work on without looking too wonky. Here's an example that was done in Nik only...





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After wasting too much time I decided to make a Photoshop action of this. It does speed up the whole process a lot.

You have to open both the normally exposed picture and the picture that is exposed for the highlights. Now make sure you're looking at the normally exposed picture, select the action and whack the play button. If needed you can manually edit the mask afterwards.

You can download it here. Depending on the resolution of you pictures you might want to tweak the 'gaussian blur' setting:
https://www.dropbo...6%20Blend.atn?dl=0




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