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Old 25-07-2017, 10:56   #1 (permalink)
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Why should I like HDR, persuade me?

My instinct is to dislike HDR because so often the mid range in an image seems to look overly bright and unnatural.
When I can tell by looking that an image is HDR I tendto dislike it.
But there are probably images I like which are HDR and I don't know it.
Post some HDR images and persuade me it is good?
Or chime in and say why you don't like it either.
Please Help.
Thanks !
I didn't find the right solution from the internet.
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Re: Why should I like HDR, persuade me?

It depends on why you want to use this technique. For some years I have used a DSLR with a dynamic range of 11 stops. However, typical landscapes in sunlight may have 12 stops or more. We always avoid burnt out white areas so the choice is to accept loss of shadow detail or use HDR. Of course there are also other subjects such as inside a building or night photography which may have a dynamic range up to 18 stops so HDR becomes essential if the camera is limited to 11 stops.

There are two processes involved in most HDR software which is to combine the multiple exposures thus capturing the full dynamic range and secondly tone mapping which determines how the different tones will be shown. It is this second process which has earned the bad reputation as mid tone contrast is often so exaggerated the final images look surreal. It is possible to use tone mapping subtly, however.

In recent times there has been several improvements. Firstly, some of the latest camera have much larger DR; my recently purchased EOS 5D MkIV has a DR almost 3 stops better than my last DSLR so no need for HDR for most landscape shots now. Secondly, by far the best software to process HDR sets is Lightroom CC. This will combine your Raw exposures to a single 32 bit Raw file which you can then edit normally in LR. The first thing you notice is that the various sliders have significant extended range. The editing is entirely under your control and does not produce the weird tone mapping effects with images looking very natural. Those who wish to produce the OTT HDR effect can easily do so with a suitable Plug-in.
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I don't feel compelled to convince you either way on HDR. Either use all the tools available to you or don't..

Not all HDR is crunchy blown out colors/tones..
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In recent times there has been several improvements. Firstly, some of the latest camera have much larger DR; my recently purchased EOS 5D MkIV has a DR almost 3 stops better than my last DSLR so no need for HDR for most landscape shots now. Secondly, by far the best software to process HDR sets is Lightroom CC. This will combine your Raw exposures to a single 32 bit Raw file which you can then edit normally in LR. The first thing you notice is that the various sliders have significant extended range. The editing is entirely under your control and does not produce the weird tone mapping effects with images looking very natural. Those who wish to produce the OTT HDR effect can easily do so with a suitable Plug-in.
I've been spoiled having a D800 for so long, which has an awesome DR for it's time. I just saw the leaked 850 specs. That might be enough to get me off the fence about buying a new body.
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I've been spoiled having a D800 for so long, which has an awesome DR for it's time. I just saw the leaked 850 specs. That might be enough to get me off the fence about buying a new body.
Yes, I had been jealous of the D800 for some time but committed to Canon as I have invested in various lenses. I have had to wait until the 5D4 to get the features and performance I wanted. Even then the 5D4 is marginally lower DR than the D800. However, when editing Raw files now, I am very aware of the extra DR. I photographed Motocross a few days ago in bright sunlight. In the past it would have been very difficult to cope with the dynamic range and, of course, HDR is not feasible for moving subjects. I have been very pleased by the results so far including shots against the sky and shots towards the sun.
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Re: Why should I like HDR, persuade me?

I beat the bedevil out of my D800 shooting into the sun and doing long exposure - carnival rides, and fireworks. It never displeases if I do my part.

I am really wanting to save up a war chest for an 850 now that specs have leaked.
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