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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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