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trailguru
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Tone-mapping settings
12/15/12 at 18:14:17
 
I'm new to HDR and some help explaining the options under the Tone-mapping  tab in PT would be very welcome.  For example:

The differences in the Method(s)

My first foray into HDR is using 3 sunrise images at -1EV, 1EV and +1EV (shot by varying shutter speed).  They align perfectly but, without tone-mapping, look dull.
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Re: Tone-mapping settings
Reply #1 - 12/18/12 at 00:02:29
 
Well, typically the "Adaptive Logarithmic" gives best results (until you see the new methods in the upcoming version). Especially for sunset shots, where there is a lot of color in the highlights. When you have highlights that need to be rendered color-neutral (for example chrome reflections or spot lights at night) then you should try the Photoreceptor method.

Hope this helps. Normally, you would just play with the sliders until the image looks nice. A good tip is to disable "Auto Contrast" and "Auto Levels" (next to the histogram), and then you get two sliders below the histogram for setting black and white point. Adjusting these really makes a difference.

Hope this helps.
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