Thursday, June 23, 2011

HDR what is too far....

An interesting discussion on LuLa about HDRing interiors. Although this guy did not use an HDR program perse, I think he went too far. It looks unnatural too me. What is too much? What do you think?
See this earlier blog post too about this image from a shoot in Reno.

1 comment:

  1. I think that example is not good architectural photography and does the subject a disservice, if the goal was to communicate as much as possible of the essence of the architecture. If the photographer's goal was creative self expression and this subject is just a vehicle for that, well, that is another matter. In that case I would just say that I don't care for this photographer's artistic expression.

    Here, the effect is actually similar to what many people get with HDR/tonemapping programs such as Photomatix, even though this is actually a composite image created with layers and Photoshop.

    While I am at it, many people blame Photomatix-type HDR processes for the myriad garish HDR photos we see these days. However, while these HDR processes do have their limitations, they are not always necessarily to blame for garish results and can sometimes yield reasonably traditional photographic results. It is just that the process can be hard to control and many people do not have good visual training and patience to work with the process. Furthermore, I think that too many people think the output from the HDR program is supposed to be the end result, or nearly so, whereas it is really only a starting point, and much post processing is needed to mold the resulting LDR image into something acceptable. When I do HDR with Photomatix, my output from that program is quite flat and of fairly low saturation. That said, I find this kind of HDR process to suit only a limited amount of subject matter, at least if reasonably high-quality results are the goal. I much prefer hand layering/compositing in Photoshop for digital contrast control, or sometimes the exposure fusion process of Photomatix/Enfuse.


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