From Wiki: "In computer graphics and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of exposures (the range of values between light and dark areas) than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows."
All pictures below are coming from the Flickr HDR Group.
Have a look there and enjoy!
You can achieve a similar effect in Photoshop:
- 1. Open your photo
2. Duplicate the layer so you have two layers of the original photo.
3. On the top layer, do a gaussian blur that isn't too strong, but still blurs the details. (Try 2.8 pixels)
4. Set the top layer's blend mode (the blurred one) to "Overlay".
Voila. Play with the blur amount and opacity of the top layer to customize the effect.
The end result of a perfectly executed HDR image is that the viewer should not be aware that it has been manipulated.
It should look like a photograph that has a lot of detail in shadow and highlight area but not overdone to the point that it looks unreal.
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How to Create Professional HDR Images
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Fake HDR in Photoshop
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 Tutorial - HDR
Superior midtone contrast than Photoshop’s merge to HDR automated feature.
Merge to HDR in Photoshop CS3 High Dynamic Range:
The clouds in the first photo are looking strangely intense. I like this effect, kind of energy filled.
Photoshop’s popularity means that the .PSD format is widely used, and it is supported to some extent by most competing software.Photoshop can utilize the color models RGB, lab, CMYK.
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