Up and Running with Photomatix Pro
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Up and Running with Photomatix Pro

with Richard Harrington

Video: Exploring the Fusion/Real Estate workflow using photos taken outside

Another place that HDR really comes in handy, Well, the good news is that we can do Let's open those up into Photomatix. We'll merge here for fusion.
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  1. 2m 48s
    1. Welcome
      1m 40s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 8s
  2. 15m 12s
    1. Loading from a folder
      1m 41s
    2. Loading from Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Loading from Aperture
      1m 45s
    4. When to load raw files
      3m 2s
    5. When to load preprocessed files
      4m 25s
  3. 38m 3s
    1. Aligning source images
      4m 5s
    2. Removing ghost images with automatic deghosting
      4m 21s
    3. Removing ghost images with selective deghosting
      6m 40s
    4. Reducing noise
      2m 36s
    5. Reducing chromatic aberration
      6m 16s
    6. Choosing the color primaries and white balance
      2m 57s
    7. Working with single files
      2m 53s
    8. Working with single raw files
      8m 15s
  4. 27m 40s
    1. Working in Unified or Floating mode
      3m 26s
    2. When to use Tone Mapping
      3m 15s
    3. When to use Exposure Fusion
      2m 48s
    4. Adjusting the preview window
      2m 35s
    5. Working with presets
      4m 52s
    6. Add finishing touches
      4m 48s
    7. Saving the image
      3m 45s
    8. Redoing the image with other settings
      2m 11s
  5. 20m 2s
    1. The Details Enhancer workflow
      6m 21s
    2. The Contrast Optimizer workflow
      3m 50s
    3. The Tone Compressor workflow
      3m 53s
    4. The black-and-white workflow
      5m 58s
  6. 27m 3s
    1. The Fusion/Natural workflow
      4m 32s
    2. Exploring the Fusion/Real Estate workflow using photos taken outside
      7m 2s
    3. Working with Fusion/Real Estate workflow using photos taken inside
      2m 54s
    4. The Fusion/Intensive workflow
      2m 54s
    5. Fusing multiple images
      4m 5s
    6. Fusing a single image
      2m 22s
    7. Comparing methods
      3m 14s
  7. 40m 31s
    1. Removing color casts
      5m 15s
    2. Removing tough ghosts
      2m 54s
    3. Replacing a selection with a source
      6m 29s
    4. Refining performance with preferences
      6m 5s
    5. Automating with batch processing
      11m 8s
    6. Photomatix Pro and color management
      3m 12s
    7. Post-process in Photoshop
      5m 28s
  8. 40m 2s
    1. Challenge: Preserving original color and applying contrast
      2m 26s
    2. Solution: Preserving original color and applying contrast
      5m 20s
    3. Challenge: Creating a feeling within an image
      2m 10s
    4. Solution: Creating a feeling within an image
      9m 58s
    5. Challenge: Creating the look of a digital painting
      2m 18s
    6. Solution: Creating the look of a digital painting
      5m 53s
    7. Challenge: Help a subject stand out from the background
      2m 3s
    8. Solution: Help a subject stand out from the background
      9m 54s
  9. 1m 4s
    1. Final thoughts
      1m 4s

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Join Rich Harrington and explore the world of HDR, or high dynamic range, imagery with Photomatix from HDRsoft. Rich covers how to merge multiple exposures to show an extended dynamic range of scenes, as well as preprocess images to reduce ghosting, noise, and chromatic aberration. He also reviews tone mapping and exposure fusions, and solutions to common problems you'll encounter in HDR images, such as color cast. At the end of the course, Rich offers a series of challenges to test your skills.

This course was created and produced by Rich Harrington. We're honored to host this material in our library.

Topics include:
  • Loading bracketed photos
  • Aligning source images
  • Reducing noise and chromatic aberration
  • Tone mapping with methods
  • Fusing a single image or multiple images
  • Removing color cast
  • Automating with batch processing
Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photomatix
Author:
Richard Harrington

Exploring the Fusion/Real Estate workflow using photos taken outside

Another place that HDR really comes in handy, is when dealing with photos of real estate. Lot of times you want to be able to show things like the beautiful view outside of an interior, or all of the great details in an architectural piece but you're dealing with really bright highlights, the sky, shadowy areas and it begets a bit difficult to see the whole range. Well, the good news is that we can do that, again using a very natural method with fusion. And Photomatix offers some methods, specifically for real estate.

Let's take a look at two examples. We'll start with an exterior and you see that I have captured a range here showing this castle, and we have our base exposure. My ISO is actually on the wrong setting, because I previously had been shooting indoors. So, it looks like I'm shooting at the wrong ISO. And I did shoot at a very stopped down F stop because I was trying to get some long exposure on the clouds. So, I got a couple of things shot slightly wrong, but that's okay.

Let's open those up into Photomatix. We'll merge here for fusion. Click Okay, and it's letting me know here that some of these are not evenly spaced. Notice here that while these other ones were able to achieve longer adjustments. That two of the images, while trying to cover this range Didn't have enough reach in the camera. So these two were shot very similar, slightly different on the timing, but not different enough to create the gap. So I need to let it know that those are only a third apart, so I'm going to cancel for a second and actually ignore two of the images.

I don't need this one, it's too overexposed. But this image here is really good, because my darkest shadows Are actually midtones. And let's select this one and this one, and we'll skip this one here, that's very underexposed for the highlights, as it's too similar. Sometimes when shooting HDR if you're trying to capture a really wide range with a lot of images, you might not have enough gaps in between them. So, Photomatics with prompt you to let you know that. Maybe you don't need all the images you shot to create the HDR.

Alright, let's merge those for fusion and click Okay. And this was shot hand held. I'm going to correct for perspective. I don't need to remove ghosts, but i definitely need to reduce noise on all images due to the high ISO. Also, since it was a high contrast scene I'm going to remove chromatic aberrations and let's click Okay to align and merge that HDR. The images are now converted from raw into their intermediate state and they'll be cleaned up for things like perspective issues as well as noise and chromatic aberration.

Since I'm doing a lot of processing on these images, it will take just a second. There we go. Let's choose from Fusion and choose the Real Estate category. You'll see that this is extremely subdued with its treatment of HDR. You have a simple slider to control the highlights and another to go after the shadows. So you can really find a balance so the whole range is shown. Let's put some contrast in, so the details come out nicely.

Then, it's just a simple matter of how saturated do you want, and do you want the highlights to have a lot of depth? Look, as we drag that, you see that the highlights get flattened out a bit, or they can get brighter, taking on some more specular qualities. Now, you need to be careful with this, that you don't push this too far. The whole idea with the Exposure Fusion is to get a very natural looking image. I'm happy with that, this is one of the least-stylized approaches to HDR Let's click Apply, and we'll store that file.

This file will benefit from some additional post processing to remove the noise. And that's really tied to the fact that I shot this slightly incorrect. But, it looks pretty good there. Let's put a little sharpening in, and I'm going to put a little bit of contrast. Let's back that off just a bit. Looks good. In this case, the image, I did a few things slightly off because I wanted to show some additional steps you might need to take. The ISO was too high, so I'm going to clean this up. And the composition could be improved slightly.

Let's save that image, and we'll choose to open it over in Photoshop really quick. Okay, the image is open. I'm going to convert for Smart Filters and take advantage of Adobe Camera Raw. One of the first things I want to do is fix the perspective in the image, so I'll invoke Upright. That took care of some of the composition issues. I'm real happy with that. And let's zoom into 100% to look at noise. Its not bad, I mean, there's a brick texture but a little bit of noise reduction would help. There we go. Pull out some of the colour aberration.

I don't believe in getting a completely texture free image, and that amount of noise looks very reasonable to me for 200% magnification. Okay, let's click OK. We'll apply the perspective correction and noise reduction, invoke the crop tool and I'm going to crop this for use in a DVD presentation. So, we'll go 1920 by 1080 pixels. This is going to be used in a presentation. There we go, and we'll just drag that image to recompose a bit, press return and let's apply that, there's the new image, I'm very happy with it, and we can in fact reinvoke camera raw.

And put a slight vignette on there. Let's just add an adjustment layer real quick. I'll put a gradient in. We're going to go from black to white. And we'll switch that here to Multiply. Lets change the direction, its actually using this as a neutral density filter. We're going to lengthen that out just a little bit, there we go. Lets lower the opacity. There. Just darken down the sky, just a little bit to tone it down.

I'm happy so I'll close and save, and the image is done.

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