Goodbye HDR

Started Apr 19, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Goodbye HDR
Apr 19, 2012

Anyway, goodbye multiple-image HDR. As Julianne Kost observes in one of her Lightroom videos, the "developing" tools in Lightroom 4 can accomplish a lot of what used call for three or more images, plus processing in Photomatix or some such tonemapping program. The following image was shot in raw with a Panasonic GH2, exposing to the right. Then most of the heavy lifting in processing was done by LR4, with only a little touch-up with the Nik filters.

It's easier than steadying the camera for multi-bracketing and it bypasses the problem of "ghosting" when objects in the scene move between exposures. I think it also bypasses the overcooked look that some people object to so strongly in tonemapped images. What do you think? I don't know, however, if it could be pushed to yield that grunge HDR look. I'll have to give that a try.

Here it is, before and after postprocessing.

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