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  • Anyone tried this???

    I've been playing with HDR software over the last few days.

    I found this on the web.

    http://www.essentialhdr.com/Download.aspx

    The free version works very quickly,but only saves as a small file.
    The full version is half the price of Photomatix but probably does not have as many controls.

    Worth a try.
    All the best

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    Andy

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    Re: Anyone tried this???

    I tried this when I was first thinking about HDR but for me it didn't give the results I wanted. Might be user error on my part, though!
    Stephen

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    • #3
      Re: Anyone tried this???

      Have been playing around with Dynamic Photo HDR. Seems simple enough to use.

      http://www.mediachance.com/hdri/index.html

      Anybody else tried it?

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      • #4
        Re: Anyone tried this???

        Have you tried Picturenaut? It's freeware and can be found at www.hdrlabs.com/picturenaut

        Picturenaut includes image alignment functions as well as a tone-mapper. It doesn't accept RAW image input, so you need to convert the input images into 16bit TIFFs (without messing about with any settings in your RAW converter). The Picturenaut HDR output can be saved in a wide variety of file formats.

        My first impressions are that this s/w is very fast and useful for producing a more natural style of HDR than many of the examples of exaggerated tones which seem commonplace from Photomatix.

        The HDRI handbook mentioned on this site is an interesting read with some pointers on how technologies & formats becoming commonplace in the motion picture industry may influence the future of digital still cameras.
        Chris

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        • #5
          Re: Anyone tried this???

          Originally posted by Gwyver View Post
          Have you tried Picturenaut? It's freeware and can be found at www.hdrlabs.com/picturenaut

          My first impressions are that this s/w is very fast and useful for producing a more natural style of HDR than many of the examples of exaggerated tones which seem commonplace from Photomatix.

          The HDRI handbook mentioned on this site is an interesting read with some pointers on how technologies & formats becoming commonplace in the motion picture industry may influence the future of digital still cameras.
          Thanks for posting that link - looks interesting and I'll give it a try.

          Just to defend Photomatix - it doesn't have to produce exagerated results (though they can be quite startling and fun to do). A gentle hand can get quite a natural feel.

          I posted this to the gallery a couple of days ago not intending to put it in a thread



          Exposure-Blend - a plug-in for The GIMP is also quite neutral in its presentation, and as it presents the result as 3 layers very malleable (but limited to 3 exposures).

          Nick
          Nick Temple-Fry

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          • #6
            Re: Anyone tried this???

            Originally posted by Nick Temple-Fry View Post
            Exposure-Blend - a plug-in for The GIMP is also quite neutral in its presentation, and as it presents the result as 3 layers very malleable (but limited to 3 exposures).
            I've been trying to find the download for "exposure blend", but all the linked sites seem to point to a text download only.

            Have you any idea where I can get it, for Vista?
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            • #7
              Re: Anyone tried this???

              Originally posted by Ellie View Post
              I've been trying to find the download for "exposure blend", but all the linked sites seem to point to a text download only.

              Have you any idea where I can get it, for Vista?
              Have you tried here:-

              http://tir.astro.utoledo.edu/jdsmith/exposure_blend.php

              then just copy the scm into your GIMP Plug-in directory - should be platform independant as exposure blend is a gimp script rather than a program.

              (sometimes the site seems to vanish for a few hours)

              Nick
              Nick Temple-Fry

              Medicine as a science ranks somewhere between archaeology and economics.

              www.theChurchPhotographer.co.uk 90 Churches -- Fairford St Mary's, exceptionally splendid
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              • #8
                Re: Anyone tried this???

                That's the site I've been trying to download it from, I just get a page of script, nothing actually "downloads"

                I've tried this link, in the section "Installation"
                For Gimp v2.3 or later, use this version.
                It goes to this page http://tir.astro.utoledo.edu/jdsmith...tinyscheme.scm

                These are the first few lines
                ;; exposure-blend.scm: Blend 3 bracketed exposures.
                ;; Copyright (C) 2006 by J.D. Smith <jdsmith@as.arizona.edu>
                ;;
                ;; Version 1.3b (Mar, 2007)
                ;;
                ;; http://tir.astro.utoledo.edu/jdsmith/exposure_blend.php
                ;;
                I haven't got a clue what I'm meant to do with it
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                • #9
                  Re: Anyone tried this???

                  Originally posted by Ellie View Post
                  That's the site I've been trying to download it from, I just get a page of script, nothing actually "downloads"

                  I've tried this link, in the section "Installation"


                  It goes to this page http://tir.astro.utoledo.edu/jdsmith...tinyscheme.scm

                  These are the first few lines


                  I haven't got a clue what I'm meant to do with it
                  Download the file, save it and then stick it here

                  Gimp2.6\share\gimp\2.0\scripts\

                  assuming gimp2.6 and a default install - should be on your c:drive under program files

                  Gimp will read the file and know what to do - it is all very undramatic

                  You will then find exposure blend as an option under

                  Filters/photo/exposureblend in the GIMP image window.

                  Hope this helps

                  Nick
                  Nick Temple-Fry

                  Medicine as a science ranks somewhere between archaeology and economics.

                  www.theChurchPhotographer.co.uk 90 Churches -- Fairford St Mary's, exceptionally splendid
                  www.temple-fry.co.uk

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                  • #10
                    Re: Anyone tried this???

                    Originally posted by Gwyver View Post
                    My first impressions are that this s/w is very fast and useful for producing a more natural style of HDR than many of the examples of exaggerated tones which seem commonplace from Photomatix.
                    I gotta backup Photomatix here, although alot of my tonemapped shots using photomatix are "pushed and extreme" photomatix can and does some nice tonemapping, I think its just easier to overcook things in Photomatix due to is easy user interface.

                    This is one of my more nicer shots using photomatix. Excuss the composition and compression



                    Cheers
                    G

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                    • #11
                      Re: Anyone tried this???

                      Originally posted by Garrie View Post
                      I gotta backup Photomatix here, although alot of my tonemapped shots using photomatix are "pushed and extreme" photomatix can and does some nice tonemapping, I think its just easier to overcook things in Photomatix due to is easy user interface.

                      This is one of my more nicer shots using photomatix. Excuss the composition and compression

                      Cheers
                      G
                      Nice example

                      I agree there is nothing intrinsically wrong with Photomatix and it can produce quite natural results.

                      The 'problem' (if you care to regard it as such) is that it has spawned a school of heavy handed users who go "WoW" and don't bother with anything much more than the top few sliders, the result is the typical Photomatix image, clouds and all.

                      Unfortunately that can end up producing images that have lots of detail, but very little real dynamic range - because it has all been compressed to make everything visible.

                      Even on your 'extreme' examples you obviously take care to avoid that pit fall and have produced some good images as a result.

                      Nick
                      Nick Temple-Fry

                      Medicine as a science ranks somewhere between archaeology and economics.

                      www.theChurchPhotographer.co.uk 90 Churches -- Fairford St Mary's, exceptionally splendid
                      www.temple-fry.co.uk

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                      • #12
                        Re: Anyone tried this???

                        Thanks Nick, but I'm still stuck.

                        Am about to reply to your PM
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