Up and Running with Photomatix Pro

The Fusion/Intensive workflow


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Video: The Fusion/Intensive workflow

Let's expose a series of images using fusion, but I want to take advantage of the intensive method, which applies a little bit of additional processing. I'll open these up into Photomatix and we'll merge for fusion. This was indeed, taken from a tripod. So I'll align and merge them. Let's switch that to fusion intensive. Use strength to control the amount of overall contrast, and then of course dial in a saturation to match the look you're going for.
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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.

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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
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Software:
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Author:
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The Fusion/Intensive workflow

Let's expose a series of images using fusion, but I want to take advantage of the intensive method, which applies a little bit of additional processing. I'll open these up into Photomatix and we'll merge for fusion. This was indeed, taken from a tripod. So I'll align and merge them. Let's switch that to fusion intensive. Use strength to control the amount of overall contrast, and then of course dial in a saturation to match the look you're going for.

With radius, this will impact how much each of the source images is really weighted and used. A higher radius will reduce the amount of halos in the shot, but definitely increases processing time. Compare that to the single image and you see that by merging the exposures, we're getting greater fidelity in the colors and in the textures. Let's stylize that just a little bit with the strength. That feels pretty good. I'm going to apply. All right. I often find that after running this I like to add some additional contrast in.

Note that that really finished that off quite well. And then, of course, we could play with the color. Let's bring out the red in the mud a bit and boost the green there in our lovely crocodiles. A little bit of aqua. That feels fantastic, and I will sharpen this to really bring out that skin texture. Alright, looks good. I'll click Done, and we'll save that image. There we go. And, because I can't help myself with this much great skin texture and mud, I'm going to click Redo with Other Settings to invoke this one more way.

Because I think the client might like some options. Let's really go here into Contrast Optimizer. And I'll bring up that saturation. There we go. Now I want to put a little more compression in there to open up that image, but bump up the strength. Alright that feels pretty good. We'll click Apply. And with all this mud and wrinkly skin, a little bit more contrast is going to come into play. There we go, I like that. Let's boost those same colors. Bring out the red mud. And pop our lizard friends there, a bit. Looks good.

And we'll save that as a second version. Remember that redo with other settings option is a great way to quickly step in and make multiple options. And I can continue to go through and pull out some black and whites, as well as some other ones that look a bit more natural.

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