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Thread: Enough with the Piss-Poor HDR Already!

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    Angry Enough with the Piss-Poor HDR Already!

    This pertains more to topside photography, but anywho... This is a pet-peeve of mine that seems to be growing...

    The purpose of HDR is NOT, I repeat NOT, to make cartoon like images. This seems to be becoming more and more popular across the interwebs... But STOP IT! Either learn how to PROPERLY compile/process your photos or leave them as is.



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    forgive me, but for those of us who are point and shoot neophytes, what is "HDR"?

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    From WikiPedia -

    In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight.[1]
    Basically taking multiple images of the same thing to get each part of the frame into proper exposure, then compiling the images on the computer. Can also be done be creating multiple photo exposures from one photo, especially if shooting raw.

    This is a fairly decent example. Notice that even though the sun is in the picture, everything is still very well exposed.



    And here is a good example of a VERY poorly compiled photo... Even though the blogger thinks his wife is hot stuff for being able to do HDR... Right...




    Also, here is another example to show the power of HDR.




    You've probably looked at quite a few without knowing it. Well, the properly done ones at least.

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    Thanks...now that I know, you can count on me to never make a piss-poor HDR.

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    I do agree. Over-cooked HDR is a bane. Also, HDR will not fix poor composition.

    But I enjoy working with HDR and tone-mapping. Here is a pic that I tone-mapped in Photomatix, from a single exposure.

    JMS.jpg

    So does this qualify as piss-poor HDR, or not?
    Cheers, TD.

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    Don't know if it's piss-poor, but I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navyhmc View Post
    Don't know if it's piss-poor, but I like it.
    It's a living. The boat driving, that is, not the photography ;-)
    Cheers, TD.

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    While that look isn't a favorite of mine, I would not want to limit artists to "proper" camera technique. Photo art would not be where it is today if people didn't use cameras in inappropriate ways.

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