My first HDR photos experiments

This afternoon I was bored in my room so I decided to start to learn how to create high dynamic range photos.

What is high dynamic range photos?

The intention of HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows.” (from wikipedia)

More theory informations here and here.

The main task is to take (at least three) equals pictures (better if raw, but it works also with jpeg) with only different exposure levels ( usually +3 EV, 0 EV and -3 EV, but you can choose your own settings) and combine it with particular software.

I started to use qtpfsgui that help you to align photos, combine with various techniques and obtain your HDR result. To be sure today I used it like monkey user: I got all default settings. After alignment I adjusted Tonemapping and I chose only mantiuk algorithm by trying to change saturation.

Here my results:

Puppets in England

Puppies in England /1

Puppies in England /1

Puppies in England /2

Puppies in England /2

Puppies in England /3

Puppies in England /3

Puppies in England /4

Puppies in England /4

Puppies in England /5

Puppies in England /5

My old street

My old street /1

My old street /1

My old street /2

My old street /2

My old street /3

My old street /3

My old street /4

My old street /4

My old street /5

My old street /5

Not so bad but not yet good 🙂

Stay tuned!

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3 thoughts on “My first HDR photos experiments

  1. Thanks, The photos are not the best…and I have to understand a bit how to tune saturation…

    I think a landscape with sky for 3/4 of the photo should be more simple and cool 🙂

    Luca

  2. I have not played yet with HDR, so can’t give much input… but I can say I like best the version 2 for “puppets”, as it looks the most realistic and also 2 for the “old street”, it reveals shadowed details without being too unrealistic.salu

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