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The Fusion/Natural workflow

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Video: The Fusion/Natural workflow

Let's take a look at another style of I want to fuse together these seven shots of a waterfall.

The Fusion/Natural workflow

Let's take a look at another style of HDR photography, which is essentially merging multiple exposures together. You could do this with several exposures, a whole range, or just even a single image that's a RAW file that essentially gets developed two ways. Imagine, if you shot a scene and you develop for what was happening outside the window and then inside the scene. The cool thing is, is that when dealing with these images, Photomatix can merge them together to show you a wider dynamic range without really doing anything that stylizes the image.

It simply recreates something that's more natural, like the eye can see. Let's take a look at the first style. I want to fuse together these seven shots of a waterfall. Let's open that up and we'll reduce the noise a little bit, and I'm going to enable Exposure Fusion here. And click OK. Let's open up a series of images and merge them together. I'll right-click here and open this with Photomatix, and I'm going to merge these together for tone mapping or fusion. There they all are, and I'll click OK. What we're going to do here is put these all together.

These were shot from a tripod, so I'm going to assume that they're fairly stable. I do want to remove ghosts a bit. And I'll click Align and Show Deghosting. The images are converted from RAW files and then properly aligned and merged. Let's see if there's any problems here with deghosting. You have a little bit of movement in the trees. Take a look at automatic deghosting and dial that in. We're not really seeing too much of an issue there. Let's zoom into the trees up top. Yeah. Doesn't look like too windy of a day.

So, I think that's actually pretty good. I'll just do a very mild deghost. And press Return. Let's switch over here to Exposure Fusion and I'm going to stick with the natural. If you look at that image, it looks very compelling. We have a beautiful amount of dynamic range here. I can clearly see the clouds. The waterfall looks great. The trees are a little dark here, so let's just refine things. Using the strength slider, you'll notice how it's combining the multiple exposures together. And that, as you increase that, it's essentially using the full range of all of the source images.

I like that there. I really like the shadows of the trees being lifted up, while things are looking pretty solid. Localized Contrast is going to essentially pop the contrast in the mid tones. Now, if you do that at too high of a level, things are going to start to look a bit fake. So, back that off just a little bit so it's reasonable. And that's looking pretty good. Let's lift the mid tones just slightly. And I will play with the black clip settings. You see that that adds contrast into the shadowy areas as well as the ability to clip whites.

And I'm going to pull that down, actually, so that the clouds don't go to pure white and clip out. Now it's looking pretty solid, saturation's a bit intense for my liking, so I'm going to back that off just a bit and give it a look over. I'm very happy with the image, so let's click Apply. There we go. The fusion method produced some very natural results. I don't think any additional contrast is needed. The method itself did a pretty good job. Using the color sliders here though, I do want to put a little bit more emphasis into the blue skies.

And I'm going to back off the green just a little bit so it's not so dominant and play a little bit here with the yellows. That feels pretty good about there. Let's add a little bit of sharpening. And we'll take that up a little bit larger. Not too bad. Slight chromatic aberration up there on some of the trees. But we can clean that up either by re-running the HDR conversion or do that in Photoshop. Although, to be honest, that's very slight and is only going to be visible at extreme magnification. So let's just go ahead and fit that here to the Default Size.

I'm happy with that image, so I'll click Done and save it out.

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Up and Running with Photomatix Pro

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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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