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on May 25, 2010 in Digital Darkroom

Exploring New Combos

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One Image HDR has me intrigued but as my good friend RC reminds me, don’t use Photomatix Pro isn’t for finishing, just the doing the heaving lifting. With that in mind, I’ve done all my finishing using just Photoshop which does an excellent job but I wanted something a little faster and a little more targeted, so I went playing.

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You can see the before at top, quite a bit different from the bottom. Photomatix Pro pulled out some detail and color so the image isn’t as visually flat. Then, and here’s what I’ve been playing with, taking that 16bit Tif that Photomatix creates and run it through ACR (Adobe Camera Raw). I open up CS5 > Mini Bridge > Right Click on the image and select Open in Camera Raw. I then do the finishing in ACR. I’m likin the results, more play to come and then I’ll get a video made so you can see what I’m doing. Experimenting, when it works, is fun!

Photo captured by D3s, 18AF on Lexar UDMA digital film