However those that i did doesnt come out half as nice as the site abv. His are really cool. I would also like to know how he achieve it after his HDR combination.
I think he didnt shoot more than one exposure and combine, he is just very careful to expose the pics with the best details in the highlights and shadows, then proceed to selective adjustment in the highlights to darken it and shadows to show more details, perhaps add a shade of tone to make it slightly more monotone. Care to comment, Imran? haven seen u for a while..
Yes, that's my site. Sorry to necro this thread and that my reply is 7 months late
Except for a few, most of my images are technically not HDR images since they are one shot. And Modellin got it spot on, I do expose so that the details in the highlights are intact. I do however sometimes use photomatix's tone mapping filter to help bring out details and micro contrasts.
Whether its HDR or single image tone mapping:
1. In photomatix, I don't bother to tweak the controls. I just use the default settings. It makes no difference to me really, because no matter how you tweak it, the tones just won't look right.
2. In PS, I'll bring back the mids and shadows to the image. I'll use curves or burning with 50% gray layer.
The rest are just normal stuff.. selective adjustments, coloring, toning and dodge and burn to taste.
There are other ways to create the look without HDR or photomatix. Sometimes I'll use high pass sharpening or Lucis Art and with the same steps above to achieve something like this:
Having said that, all these HDR stuff are great and has its uses. But in most cases, especially landscapes... I find that just a good old ND grad filter and a good eye will do more wonders than the best HDR-rendered image of a poor shot. Saves memory card space too
Hope that helps and happy shooting!
It's better late than never.
Thx for your tips and mini tutorial!
PS try to imitate his Caixia effect ..
its HDR, at times he does conduct workshop...