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Single shot or faux HDR is the process of spitting out three separate exposures from the same RAW file and then merging those. We looked at how to do that in Photomatix. Now we are going look at how to do it in HDR Efex and it's actually very simple. I open an image in Photoshop just like I normally would, go to Filter > Nik Software > HDR Efex Pro, and it takes care of generating those different exposures from the same image data, and now I've got all of my normal HDR controls that I would have even if I was working with a bracketed set.
Just as in Photomatix, all of these sliders are going to do far or less than they would if I was working with a real HDR set and for the little bit that they do, I am going to run into highlight clipping and shadow clipping much sooner than I would with a real HDR set. So this is not a substitute for full HDR, but again, it's a great thing to have for times when shooting a bracketed set is not practical or possible.
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