Category Archives: HDR

Nik software HDR Efex Pro: Sample images from single raw image

HDR processing can be very useful also in situations when it is not possible to shoot multiple bracketed shots. HDR Efex pro provides some very useful presets to get started and I find results from the presets really useful.

Below I have some examples of processing done from single raw image shot by Canon 5d mk II, by using HDR Efex pro -software. Original images have also been processed in Lightroom.

I guess the main lesson here is that it is possible to make clear difference by using software like this, but if the result is improvement is anybody’s own verdict.

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Fairy tale -effect with HDR

One good use for HDR photography and processing is to create fairy tale -effect. With these example images I was not trying to hide the fact that they are HDR, instead I went slight over the top.

All these 3 HDR’s are made from 3 raw files, taken with Canon 40D without tripod. 40D has such a good fps rate, that I have had reasonable results without tripod. Trick is to have 40D on fast burst mode, and have exposure bracketing on, and just try to keep camera as steady as possible while shooting the sequence of 3 shots. On most situation software, eg. Photomatix in this case, is able to cope with small movement between the shots.

Creating HDR like effect on sunset image

I have tried to create HDR like effect by 3 simple adjustments to original image. Adjustments made were:

  • Decreasing exposure by -0.5 full stops
  • Lightening the shadows by 31 units
  • Increasing image temperature by 1500 degrees (well, not needed for HDR effect, but was appropriate here otherwise)
This example image was processed in Aperture 3, but same could be easily done eg. in Lightroom.