28 thoughts on “HDR: Before and After

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Outstanding….Keep up the good work…Its all subjective…..I’d rather look at your art than Picasso’s.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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    • 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!

  9. 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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  10. 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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    • 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!

  11. 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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  12. 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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