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Digital Blending. This subject is featured in Issue #6 of The Luminous Landscape Video Journal.

Digital Blending

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). This works well much of the time, and I have rarely gone out shooting without my full filter kit at the ready. 1 stop, 2 stop and 3 stop grads, and soft and hard edged versions of each. An additional downside is that using them takes time. Is there a better way? Shooting Technique What you're going to do is take at least two separate frames of the scene.

Common First Steps Fig. 1. 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.

Photomatix « Before the Coffee

Getting Started With Photomatix Version 4.0 It’s not unusual for a company to come out of the blocks in a full sprint and leave the competition in the dust. Look at Google, Ebay and the iPhone; they lead the industry in their categories and everyone else plays catch-up, When it comes to HDR software it’s Photomatix created by HDRsoft. Each new version of Photomatix incorporates new tools giving us more control over the final image and Version 4.0 is no disappointment. This Photomatix tutorial covers Version 4.0 and will take you through it’s most popular tone mapping tool, Details Enhancer. In Bermuda I used a Nikon D2x with a fish eye lens and a tripod to capture the source image set of 5 images, each a different exposure: 0EV, -2EV, -1EV, +1EV and +2EV. 1. 2. 3. HDR formats? Noise. Return To The Digital Photography Connection. Founded in March of 2007 The Digital Photography Connection was formed to share our passion of Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photography with a world wide community.

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Selective Contrast. The purpose of this lesson is to teach you a marvelous technique for adjusting and localizing contrast.

Selective Contrast

Let' look at a simple "after" and "before" picture to illustrate what we are after. The idea here is to make the photo a little more interesting. The "before" photo has been converted from a raw file from the D200 with the histogram showing that all tones were captured. This, of course, might make the image a little flat at first, but you know you have all the tones. If you are a perfectionist you might even start with a 16 bit image instead of the faster and smaller 8 bit (like this one).

Before we start, notice that the clouds are a little weak and have some blown highlights. Now it's your turn. 1- Let's start by burning in the corners slightly. 2- Now, use the Dodge Tool. 3- Go back, and with the Burn Tool continue enhancing the blacks (shadows). That's it! Photoshop Tutorials. The Nature, Wildlife and Pet Photography Forum: HDR Blend Tutori.