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HDR Photography Magic

by Andy Park • 64,300 views

Trip to Calais and Belgium in April 2010. Used a Nikon D5000, Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Photomatix Pro. Here you can see the before and after effects of HDR tone mapping

@jarhead262 Thanks for your comments. I do like my D5000
@EROJNKLSD But somehow, it looks... beautiful !! :D
Hi. How many pictures have you taken here for each photo generating them into HDR?
Beautiful images. But, how about some music a bit lesser soothing? I understand you can't please us all :-)
when I first started with DSLR I was crazy about HDR photography. over times, I like natural photography and believe that's best. HDR creates artifacts and halo around objects. But yes, only controlled HDR effect for landscape sometimes works for me
HDR on portraits? Other photos are great!
Great job on the HDR! I know some say its overdone and yeah I can agree on few of those photos. But overall very nicely done and keep up with the awesome work that you do! =D
@LionsEdge Exogenesis Symphony Pt 3 - Muse :)
I love good HDR photography, but hate the crappy stuff that just makes everything look like a cartoon. HDR is a wonderful artistic expression, though not appropriate for photojournalism. Beautiful pictures here:) I really like this video.
@Quagmire88 always keeps your ISO at around 200 in your menu settings. I rarely ever change the ISO. Always keep your F. number the same when taking the 3 shots also. I had mine on F.7 for outdoor landscapes but this depends on what lens you use for good exposure and depth of field. Only change your shutter speed. Do all this in Manual settings. Hope this helps. You should be attempting to get a balanced photo, 1 underexposed and 1 overexposed
@EROJNKLSD They are but they loook amazing. It's like they are in a different reality. I simply love em all. Its almost like they are painted.
Not bad. Why the heavy cropping in after images?
I think you need to strive to make these looks more realistic - your compositional selections are fine, it's just over processed.
HDR on iPhone 4 corrects the quality of the image. Other than that, ie using a DSLR, some people like it, while I clearly don't. To me the result is like some cheap, ugly software post processing effect. But hey...
It looks like a pixar animation! like Shrek or Toystory
very nice.i've really got to have a go sometime!!!
These are amazing, HDR also looks really good on a crowd of people
Thanks for email your web page is very nice. Cheers
aaamazing, wanna learn how to do this! post a turtorial :)
@photobugkat What lens do you use indoors? I only have a Sigma 18-200mm and I recently borrowed my friends Nikon 18-55mm DX VR. Although this is a very cheap lens considering the prices of lenses it is however very sharp. I just bought a Nissin Di622 Mark 2 flash gun for indoors to bounce light off the ceiling. Setting the camera to ISO 250 and shutter speed to 1/40 of a second with a VR lens you still get sharp images. Oh and yes JPEG is fine but they say Raw works better. All mine are JPEG
What song is this ? The singer sounds like Matthew Bellamy from Muse.
Excellent pics... and thx for loading it with 720P option. My only gripe is that hdr and portraits don't mix in my opinion but if you love it keep on doing it :D.
good to see u bk... nice video......nice effects.....
@jjdbest7 Wow, thanks for your comment. Much appreciated. Although I have to admit, this was my early attempts at HDR with photomatix. I have since figured a good way how to improve them by adding yet another layer of the original images on top in photoshop and the masking back in all the balanced sections like the edges between the sky and objects. Hope this gives you some tips. Good luck :)
Great job man! Don't listen to the people that " dont like" HDR I wonder how they click on your video... Maybe they didn't read the tittle right LOL!
I hate HDR it just kills traditional photography, plus it looks very unrealistic.....
Thanks for the feedback. To be honest this was my first attempts at HDR several years ago. I can honestly say they are well overdone. I keep telling myself I should put some new work up. When I get the time I wil post a new video.
@nataly754 Sorry for the late reply, If you still need this answering I would be happy to help
I'm with nataly754. i would like to know as well. those shots were pretty impressive.
Could please do a tutorial of how do you HDR this photos pls? They are amazing!!!!
oh by the way ...great pictures ;)
@apvajra ah ok that makes more sense. Thanks a lot. :) oh and by the way, beautiful shots :D
Most beautiful on this video is music, images are heavily (!) overdone !!!
I think the pictures look way too much like paintings, too cartoony and oversaturated
@rafay40 Hi sorry for the late response, you probably have the answer by now. As far as I am aware, High Dynamic Range Tone Mapping is used to extract balanced tonal values in an image. This is the reason for taking 3 identical photos at different exposures to cover a wider variety of tones. Using specialist software will look for the balance of tones.
when you take the original photos, do you change the ISO or the Exposure? i have been trying to get the hang of this but im not getting accurate results.
@EROJNKLSD Hi, thanks for your critical feedback and much appreciated. These images were experimental as I only had discovered HDR software and its capabilities. Although I have improved somewhat since and if you has a moment to take a look at my website I would like your feedback on the work there. Please visit You can leave feedback here. Many thanks
Beautiful images. But, how about some music a bit lesser soothing? I understand you can't please us all :-)
Beautiful images. But, how about some music a bit lesser soothing? I understand you can't please us all :-)
Hi, sometimes 3, sometimes 1. If I shoot 1 I will do this in NEF or RAW and change the exposures in Photoshop before I use Photomatix
The buildings at 1:35 and 1:53 look a little bit like CGI, but i like it. Nice video and great music!
the one at 1:07 looks good.
hello there !! i have a nikon d5000 camara but i don't know how to used it ,can you please explain to me how can i take HDR photos !!?? where can i found that option in my camara ??? ohh please help me !! DX)
how do you get all your exposures in with objects moving? does ur camera have an hdr feature?
@photobugkat I will be uploading some more stuff soon to demonstrate the flash and settings for indoor use. The flash works well. Keep an eye out for this post. Subscribe so that you dont miss it. I will also be posting some other things to help with this camera. Thanks for your interest and question. Good luck
hey mate..nice video..But i agree with some comments..You have done a little bit more..Specially the close shots! Cheers
@nataly754 I will make a short video tutorial soon and also a tutorial on how to get the same results as my HDR images. Watch this space.
Less is more! But nice muse music :P
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