Is shooting raw 4 HDR worth the trouble?

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mike CH Veteran Member • Posts: 9,631
Re: I think so Re: Is shooting raw 4 HDR worth the trouble?

brucet wrote:

I know Photomatix recommends using tiffs, (See their site for details), rather than Raw files.

The Merge To... plugin doesn't give you a choice

I mostly use the 'Photographic' preset under 'Tone mapping'. This gives excellent results. Mind you anything, IMHO, coming out of Photomatix still needs fine tuning. I use PSPx5 for polishing up my work.

Yes, with Photomatix itself I always have to polish up in LR, too. That was one of the reasons why I started using the Merge To... plugin. Since I was having to work on the image in LR anyway, why not do all of the tone mapping there and just the HDR merging with the plugin?

And that has turned out to be better for me - YMMV.

Regards, Mike

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