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Old 04-01-2013, 10:30 AM   #76
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It's like the botched plastic surgery of photography. Always looks artificial and ridiculously over processed. Saw a photo blog of a Chernobyl trip and the HDR effect cheapened the photos a great deal.
Depends on how you do it. For example these are HDRs and I wouldn't say they're too over processed:


Brugge by MissTerje, on Flickr


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London by MissTerje, on Flickr


A bit brighter than normal photos, yes. But they don't look plastic and in-your-face.
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:41 AM   #77
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@Bobbles: are you Kyle of Digitalrev?

Anyway, something I've been wondering which you might be able to answer Bobbles, you use greycards etc right? How does that work in the processing of the images?
I know you take a greycard pic so you can set it after, but do you compare it next to the screen or is there a value you should set?
you can set custom white balances on the fly with them.

could also sync your white balance settings based on the grey card shot.

personally i hand crank them and pick a temperature i like, should really look at pasting them to save effort
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Depends on how you do it. For example these are HDRs and I wouldn't say they're too over processed:


Brugge by MissTerje, on Flickr


Brugge by MissTerje, on Flickr


London by MissTerje, on Flickr


A bit brighter than normal photos, yes. But they don't look plastic and in-your-face.
have you tried playing with the curves of just the normal exposed shot and achieve the same effect?

kinda see playing around the curves as makeup whilst hdr being a RAGING BOOB AND NOSE JOB. Some can look horrifying and some can look good (and obviously better than an unprocessed shot), but nonetheless it's gone beyond tweaking raw camera settings and into "photoshop" unreal areas.

Not to say they're not interesting, just that they carry that "artificial" and "over processed" tag even if it's not
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:33 AM   #79
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Mm, if anything some of the shots remind me of the intro to 'The Hobbit', which to me looked a bit too HDRish.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:40 AM   #80
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have you tried playing with the curves of just the normal exposed shot and achieve the same effect?

kinda see playing around the curves as makeup whilst hdr being a RAGING BOOB AND NOSE JOB. Some can look horrifying and some can look good (and obviously better than an unprocessed shot), but nonetheless it's gone beyond tweaking raw camera settings and into "photoshop" unreal areas.

Not to say they're not interesting, just that they carry that "artificial" and "over processed" tag even if it's not
Depends on the originals - with some you can easily achieve the same effect with just curves and with others it's impossible. I don't HDR everything of course, I mostly do it when I can't get what I want from just a normal shot.

I used to be very much against bigger editing because you take a step away from photography and make it more artificial. But then again, it all depends on what the photographer wants to achieve. If you want to achieve something different from what can be done with just a photo and minor tweaks, why not? As long as you don't go claiming that it's a natural shot, of course.
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Depends on the originals - with some you can easily achieve the same effect with just curves and with others it's impossible. I don't HDR everything of course, I mostly do it when I can't get what I want from just a normal shot.

I used to be very much against bigger editing because you take a step away from photography and make it more artificial. But then again, it all depends on what the photographer wants to achieve. If you want to achieve something different from what can be done with just a photo and minor tweaks, why not? As long as you don't go claiming that it's a natural shot, of course.
which is why i compared it to boob jobs, if you can make your boobs bigger with a quick operation, then why not?
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I'm always undecided on HDRs, sometimes they do look really nice but other times they don't come off so well. I tend to just fiddle around with the curves until I'm happy.
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I'm always undecided on HDRs, sometimes they do look really nice but other times they don't come off so well. I tend to just fiddle around with the curves until I'm happy.
They do look nice at times and obviously even more to non photographers, but as a photographer, I'm cursed with knowing when something is impossible to achieve via a few raw camera setting tweaks and have been pushed out of its natural limits to get the result and it doesn't rub off

Also the same feel whenever I look at black and white photos, there are proper pros who pro the shit out of the photo to make it look pro (curves to the death) and the other 85% of the time I make the assumption that it is done because the noise is too much so desaturation was needed to fix it (also 5% of the time for poncy selective desaturation)
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It's short for High Dynamic Range, a method where photos with different exposures are blended into one. (http://www.stuckincustoms.com/hdr-tutorial/ - this has a pretty nice explanation for it, if you scroll down a bit.)

So if you take three shots of the same scene:
1. normal
2. underexposed
3. overexposed

and then blend it together, the general image will come from 1, the brighter areas are taken from 2 (so the sky isn't too bright and you actually see the clouds etc) and darker areas from 3 (so instead of having a tree silhouette you can see the colours on the tree etc). This way you can turn a photo with near-white sky and dark trees into one colourful shot where you can see everything properly.

It can be awesome when done well and really terrible if you over-do it.
Thank you, that's made it a lot clearer!

...what do people mean by 'curves'?
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Thank you, that's made it a lot clearer!

...what do people mean by 'curves'?
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tut...hop-curves.htm
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Amazing colours! The cloud stripe on the sun adds an interesting effect as well.
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oops I haven't been looking at this thread for a while. I love all the fireworks pictures posted! I'm always impressed by how perfectly they look just from using a tripod, and of course a long exposure.

As for HDR and processing photos, I always prefer SOOC. But of course I'm not that skilled of a photographer so I'll still mess around with curves.

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Could you post a clear example of it? I'm not sure whether a polarizing filter would help you much, so I'd love to see it a bit more clearly.

What you do have to keep in mind if you want one, is that your front element may, or may not rotate. If it rotates get a circular filter, if not you can get a non-circular, which only has (for example) the top half filtered. This might help.


I'm sure I have more extreme examples but this was the first one I could find. See how the sky is all washed out but the tree branches and leaves are lined with a blue color? I took this photo while I was standing under a tree shadow (I dunno, I feel like that somehow contributes to those ugly blue outlines). I told my wedding photographer friend about this problem and he suggested I get a polarizer. Though, I prolly shouldn't trust his word, I noticed the blue outlines for some of the graduation he shot for me.
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