29 thoughts on “HDR: Before and After

  1. John

    OK…for us people who know nothing, what is HDR? The images (before & after) are beautiful. What is the process (in a nutshell)?

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  2. Hi Alex, I think your images are beautiful and your work is great. Anyone who tries to knock your work is just jealous. I’m sure they won’t slow you down. Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Wow, some tough customers here! I’d hate to hear what some of them would say about my own “before & after” gallery (link below)! But in all seriousness, I think you did a great job in post with these. HDR has always gotten a bad rap because it’s much too easy to get heavy-handed with the contrast and saturation sliders. But I would proudly hold these up as shining examples of beautiful, tastefully-done HDR that demonstrates restraint and finesse on the part of the retoucher. Well done, sir!

    -Russ
    My “before & after” gallery: http://tampabandphotos.com/before-after

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  4. Claudia

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! BEAUTIFUL <3

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  5. Mark

    Outstanding….Keep up the good work…Its all subjective…..I’d rather look at your art than Picasso’s.

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  6. Dan

    Wooow excelente trabajo!! saludos

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  7. Awesome before and afters. Most if not all my photos are like your befores. I am a video guy primarily but I have a DSLR and would love to be able to snap photos like these when I wanted or needed to. Bookmarked, thank you :)

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  8. An excellent photo in HDR. I treat pictures with “bracketing.” Use the phoshop CS3 to merge HDR photos. Very cool this technique. I think that appeals to the Greeks and Trojans. Only someone who is blind does not dazzle a phot in HDR, is so perfect that if you put in Braille, a blind man will be enchanted.

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  9. Benjamin

    Hey Alex,

    Was wondering how you avoid ghosting when taking multiple exposures of water. I can never get the water to stay still long enough to snap off my 5 exposures…

    Wonderful pictures.

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  10. Gordon

    This is a great exercise in not being able to please all the people all the time. I’m sure the ones who don’t like the
    finished job here have never shot a washed out sky before making the photo boting as hell.

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  11. K-train

    It seems like you’re simply comparing the final image (HDR) with the crappiest of your unprocessed multiple exposures. Why not just take a correct exposure (ie. not horribly blown out), and process that mildly, THEN compare the two… What you’re doing here is comparing two wholly unrelated things.

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    • admin

      Sorry, I can’t find nor can make a correct exposure. My camera is so bad that it takes image with blown sky and good ground, or does opposite: relatively good exposed sky and dark background. I’ll better wait for 30 f-stop dynamic range sensor to become available, and would definitely post a correct exposures then!

  12. Alex, I follow you on G+ as well. I don’t understand why anyone would call these images “overcooked” but of course it is a matter of taste to some extent. In my opinion your use of HDR restores the look that I would have with my eye had I actually been there. As your dual presentation eloquently displays, single exposures in today’s dSLR’s are simply not capable of capturing and displaying the depth of color and range of exposure that we see when we look with our eyes. Our eyes adjust rapidly when looking in shadow or highlight, and this treatment emulates that beautifully. Any digital technique can be used to enhance or ruin a photo. You seem to get the exact effect you desire. Where I come from, that consistant display of ability is known as “skill.” Thanks for demonstrating the benefits of this technique.

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    • admin

      Todd,
      Yep, it is matter of taste.
      Thank you!

  13. I like composition on photo no.3
    Left image (unprocessed) is underexposured, with (probably) wrong White Balance.
    Correcting WB and Exposure Compensation would do a lot to make image looking much better.
    This can be done in any RAW-processing software, like Lightroom, Capture One, DXO Optics Pro.
    Than you can work-out black/highlights, color saturation, vibrance, clarity, etc.
    As you do not provide original RAW file, it’s difficult to tell more.

    In general: I tend to agree what Alastair said on December 7, 2011 at 8:46 PM (see above)

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    • admin

      Vadim,
      Yes, #3 is the closest to good-looking-one-shot image, agree. it can be improved a lot in ACR, but it would never match details on multi-exposure HDR. Remember, HDR is not ONLY about DR, but it adds a lot of details to the image, comparing to single shot. Most of camera sensors interpolating pixels, and HDR helps to bring back missed details.
      We process our photos so they will be ready for large prints, not only for a web demonstration:-)
      Thank you!

  14. morozgrafix

    In my opinion most of these HDR shots are “overcooked”, but this is just my opinion and my taste in HDR may be different from most of the people and photographer who shot these.

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  15. Thomas

    I…don’t know what real life is anymore. Are my eyes still worth anything?

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  16. I don’t see what you’ve aimed to achieve with this exercise. Why would you present blown out and unprocessed images in a comparison with heavily processed HDR? I can’t actually come to any conclusion with what you’re doing here.

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    • admin

      Alastair, This is fine, quite often I find myself having no clue about what people are doing:-)
      I was showing what photographer can achieve using multiple exposures comparing to a single RAW shot.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      • SirWoodyTheBaconLord

        Ok, how do I do these multiple exposure shots? (Sorry, total amateur, no idea what I’m doing most of the time. Yes, I should approach science this way, too. Mostly at a friend’s house)

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        • Robbysalz

          Check out something called “exposure bracketing”, my good amigo.

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          • admin

            Sorry, this sounds too scary and complicated for me. I recently discovered where the camera’s shutter button is, and I am quite happy working with it!
            Thank you:-)

      • Ok! Gotcha. That’s fair enough.

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    • Bob

      Really… NO CONCLUSION? …

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  17. Tim

    Awesome stuff. Need to get past a ton of work so i can get back to practicing this stuff. Good job :)

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  18. Great examples of good HDR photography! Very well done to pull the detail out of otherwise washed images.

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  19. iwan

    What a beautiful pictures….!!! Greatest Pic…

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  20. I like how you can move it over as much as you want to see the difference. Very nice choices. I like that they are not the blown out HDR that tends to be out there.

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