Digital Blending. This subject is featured in Issue #6 of The Luminous Landscape Video Journal.
The Problem Being Solved In nature when doing landscape work that includes sky, especially early or late in the day, the contrast range encountered often exceeds that which film or imaging chips can handle. It's therefore necessary to find a way to reduce the contrast range to something that the camera can handle so that the highlights don't burn out and the shadow areas don't turn inky black. The Traditional Approach The traditional method of dealing with this is to use split neutral density filters (graduated filters, some call them). Photomatix « Before the Coffee. You can download a free trial version of Photomatix from www.hdrsoft.com Get 15% off the Photomatix program (reg. $99) just by entering “beforethecoffee” in the coupon code box of the Photomatix purchase page.
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Each new version of Photomatix incorporates new tools giving us more control over the final image and Version 4.0 is no disappointment. Return To The Digital Photography Connection. Selective Contrast. Photoshop Tutorials. The Nature, Wildlife and Pet Photography Forum: HDR Blend Tutori.