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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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Okay, we took a look at an exterior, but interiors have their own challenges. Particularly in the fact that you typically end up with even a wider range of exposures to show. Let's take a look at shot that has a whole bunch of things happening. Let's load some bracketed photos here. And we'll take a look at an interior. I'll grab these six images and hit Load. This was definitely shot from a tripod, and there really is not much noise. They were low ISO images and not a lot of chromatic aberrations, so I'll just take a basic merge.
In this case here, we were shooting interiors for a hospital, and they wanted to be able to show what a room looked like to potential people who are going to be staying there for an extended period. This is a hospital where children were going in for long medical procedures and the parents and children, would be living for up to a few months in the hospital room. Okay. We've got fusion for real estate, and lets just play with those same settings. As we adjust the highlights, pay particular attention to things like the light on the wall, and this back window. If you brighten those up, they really start to get quite bright.
And in fact, here they look over exposed. So I'll go in the middle range there for the highlights. Making the window and the light bright, so they do seem intense, but not overpowering. Same thing with the shadows, we can really drag those down, but the goal here is to make this room seem bright and cheerful. So I'm going to take those up, not all the way to where they look unnatural, but a similar position, about five to seven. Playing with the localized contrast, I can dial that in. I want this room to look very natural, so I'm going to back that contrast off, and just bump up the saturation to make the room feel warm and welcoming.
Using highlight depths here, again, look at the bright areas in the scene. And you see that that's essentially adding a little bit of light. That feels good. We'll toggle off the before and the after, and you can tell there that quite a bit has changed to just make the room feel brighter, and more welcoming. Let's apply that and then we can save the image out. The images are fused. We could decide if we want to add any additional contrast. I'm only going to add a very slight amount. Colors look pretty good.
I'm going to back off the red just a little. Same thing for the oranges and yellows. They're just a little intense. That seems about right. Click Done. And Save my image. Let's save that as a 16-bit TIFF file. But I see no need to go into Photoshop. I'm happy with the natural looking exposure as it stands.
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