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Amazing Graffiti HDR Tutorial

Recently I decided to force myself to make a personal blog and website to share with others my passion for graphic design. In no way am I amazing when it comes to photography but I have stumbled upon HDR, which has captivated me. Like Fabio, I too have somewhat of an obsession for HDR. The only significant difference you will find in this tutorial, among others, is the use of only having one image. The professional way of doing this would be to have a top of the line SLR with tripod and take continuous shots on different exposure levels. For those of you that do not have the equipment to produce something like that, there is still hope! Requirements for tutorial: Photoshop and Photomatix are the only two programs that you will need. To be more specific I am using Photoshop CS3 and Photomatix Pro v.2.5. Also one RAW image that you would like to see converted. (RAW format is not required but definitely recommended.) Step 1 Open the raw image up in Photoshop. Without making any changes save the file as a .jpg in a folder. Click File > Save As > "0.jpg" Make sure save the image name as"0.jpg". This will make the process easier, as we continue to save multiple images. Step 2 Go to Image > Adjustments > Exposure and bring the Exposure level up to "1". In this case the slider would be dragged to the right until the number "1" appears or manually type "1", in the box. Step 3 Click File > Save As > "1.jpg". Make sure to save the file name as "1.jpg" and place it in the same folder where you put the "0.jpg" file. Step 4 Follow the step above to continue saving the files in the appropriate format. Each time the image has been saved undo the changes made to the image and continue going back into Image > Adjustments > Exposure. In this case you want to have 5 files in total, all saved with different exposure levels. Exposure Levels: -2, -1, 0, 1, 2 Make sure to save all of these according to the level. ie. -2.jpg, -1.jpg, 0.jpg, 1.jpg, 2.jpg Step 5 Open up Photomatix and click HDR > Generate > Browse. Highlight and select all five of your images. Then click ok. Step 6 Sometimes Exposure Values will come come in differently then what was previously set through Photoshop. If that is the case match the number up with the name of the jpg. In this case I had an exposure value on the right hand side set to 3, which I changed back to 2. So as long as both the left and right side have the same numbers you should be good to go ahead and click "OK". Step 7 Usually the preassigned setting configure fine for the image we are working with. Keep the "align source images" checked along with the "take tone curve of color profile". Then click "OK". Step 8 Allow this to generate for a minute until your hdr image has been compiled together. Once it click HDR > Tone Mapping. Step 9 This will bring up the actual manual editing stage. First click the 1024 view at the bottom. Once the image is increased continue editing the settings on the left. Play with them until you get exactly what your looking for. Every image is different and will require unique settings. Once you are happy with the finished product click "Apply". Step 10 Click File > Save As. A few options are given for the file format but in this case just save as a .jpg. So hopefully this tutorial has been of help to you. As HDR is becoming more and more forward in the design world I encourage all of you to get involved in it. If you have any questions, comments or personal work, I would love to see and hear from you. Feel free to check out my blog and don't forget to feed me as I am trying to grow this thing. Also check out a few other recent works I have done. About the Author Hello my name is Jonathan Connolly. I am the Creative Director for Theory Communication and Design. We are a Marketing and PR company reaching the automotive, youth and lifestyle market. If I am not creating something for work, I am designing something for myself and others.

Experiment: HDR Photography

As you can probably tell the crew here at Abduzeedo are just fascinated by HDR Photography. There is something cool about HDR that i can't really explain. Maybe it's the colors or detail. Whatever it is, HDR is just plain awesome. So yesterday I was shooting for a' La Mode (a photography group I am in) and I spotted this location that I thought would be perfect for HDR. I have never shot HDR but read Fabio's How to create HDR Photos - HDR/Photomatix tutorial, so I thought I'd give it a try. This also happened to be my first time using a digital slr, I normally use a film camera. In the words of Fabio, "it's like the light is coming from heaven"

20 Beautiful HDR Pictures - Part 2

We all love an eye candy... and when it comes to HDR, it works pretty well to me! Just get your tripod, your camera and search for that one scene that will look incredible once shot. And it's just incredible how some people make fantastic photography out there... so here are the pics of this amazing dude, Donald Fregede... don't forget to visit his photostream at Flickr!

Awesome Signage HDR Pics

HDR pictures have proved to be loved for most of us. From graffiti to portraits, and now Signage! Bryan Scott has come with a cool concept, making HDR out of signals... pretty awesome! You may also want to remember and visit our other HDR series posts, at the bottom of this post. ;)  

Awesome HDR Portraits

Do you know when you try to make a cool self-portrait but you never know what to do in order to get out of the box? Well, why don't you try a HDR Portrait? It's really awesome! And if you are a new visitor to Abduzeedo, you might want to check our HDR series: 20 Beatiful HDR Pictures, Superb HDR Pics of Graffiti and How to create HDR Photos. Enjoy! Chris Arellano

How to create HDR Photos - HDR/Photomatix tutorial

There has been a lot of buzz recently about HDR photography, but many people assume that it's only limited to professional photographers. The reality is that just about anyone can take and process an HDR photo with most cameras and proper HDR software. There are plenty of explanations of what HDR is and how it works, so we won't cover that here. If you want more background info, check out HDR explained so anyone can understand or Jon Meyer's popular HDR primer. In this tutorial we'll go through the steps necessary to take your very own HDR photo and process it like a pro. What you will need: A camera that allows you to adjust exposure settings. Tone Mapping Software (In this tutorial we will use Photomatix, which is the most popular way to create HDR's.) Step 1: Taking the photo(s) TITLE: Quick and Easy steps to take HDR Photos with any camera To create an HDR photo you need at least 3 differently exposed photos of the same shot. That's not as difficult as it sounds. Many cameras give you the ability to change exposures from shot to shot. Since all cameras are different you'll have to figure out how to change these exposure settings on your particular camera. Look for Exposure, AEB (Automatic Exposure Bracketing), A-EV, BKT (more on that here and here), or a little +/- graphic. Important: Make sure the camera does not move between shots. Use a tripod or place the camera on a stable surface, minimizing movement as much as possible between shots. Below is an example of how this works using my girlfriend's simple point and shoot camera - the Sony DSC-W50. If you click on the +/- button you will see a way to adjust the Image brightness (EV) level for your picture. 1. Take one picture at EV 0 2. (press the shutter halfway to clear the preview), press the +/- button again and move the cursor down to EV -2. Take a picture. 3. (press the shutter halfway to clear the preview), press the +/- button again and move the cursor up to EV +2. Take a picture. I usually take 3 shots each spaced 2 EV exposure values apart - one at EV -2, one at EV 0 (which is the most correctly exposed photo), and one at EV +2. Here is an example of 3 shots I recently took: The first is exposed just right (0), the second too dark (-2), and the third exposed too light (+2). Step 2: Generating and Tone Mapping the HDR For this step you will need Photomatix Pro. While it's possible to do this with Photoshop CS2/CS3 or other HDR software, Photomatix is a much better tool - it gives you better results and is much easier to use. You can download a free trial of Photomatix Pro which will leave a watermark on your picture, or you can buy it for $99. Note: You can use Photomatix Coupon Code VPG8 to get an 8% discount.. Open Photomatix Pro and click on "Generate HDR image." Click "Browse..." and select the 3 photos you took in step 1 (by clicking each one while holding down CTRL on a PC or Command on a Mac). Once you have the 3 photos highlighted, click "Open" then click "OK." Now you will see a set of options. Keep Align source images checked. I also usually leave the "Attempt to reduce ghosting artifacts" option checked as well. If you have moving water in your shot, change the option to ("Background movements", otherwise leave "Moving objects/people) selected. Click OK. After a few seconds of processing you will see something like this. It will usually look too dark - don't worry. The next step is where the magic happens. Click on "Tone Mapping". You will see Tone Map Settings panel and a preview of your HDR photo. The settings toward the top will have the most impact on your photo. Adjust Strength and Light Smoothing settings to get your preferred "HDR effect." Feel free to experiment with the rest of the tabs, controls, and settings to get your desired results. Some people prefer a saturated surreal look, while others like to keep the photo looking more realistic and natural. After you are happy with what the photo looks like, click "Process." Once Photomatix is done processing, it will show you the resulting HDR. Click "File" > "Save As..." and save your photo as a JPEG. Voila! You now have your very own HDR photo. For some inspiration, check out the following: 20 Beautiful HDR pictures Digg's All Time Favorite HDR Photos 35 Fantastic HDR Pictures If you want to share some of your own HDR's, submit them to (the soon to be launching) Dynamic HDR's Photo Gallery or join the Flickr HDR Photo Pool. Author: Markus Urban | If you want to write an article and have it published here send it via email to abduzeedo[at]

Superb HDR Pics of Graffiti

Fact: HDR pictures are totally cool. HDR makes colors pop-out, they appear really vivid and shiny. And what kinda art uses lots of vivid and shiny colors? That's right, grafitti! And the combination of these two will blow your mind! Learn how to create HDR images We have a tutorial showing how to create HDR Photos, click on the link below to check it out How to create HDR Photos - HDR/Photomatix tutorial

20 Beautiful HDR Pictures

There are some photography techniques that really give me the goose bumps, but the good ones. HDR is one of those techniques... and you'll probably love these as much as I do. "In computer graphics and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of exposures (the range of values between light and dark areas) than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows." - From Wikipedia. What I've read on some foruns is that a program called Photomatix does the job... Does anybody have already used it? I'm looking forward to it. Well... either way, if I don't get to use it, I'll probably find out how to simulate that effect on Photoshop. All this pictures are from a Flickr HDR Group. Don't forget the visit 20 Beautiful HDR Pcitures - Part 2 and the new Outstanding HDR Night Pictures!! ;) Learn how to create HDR images We have a tutorial showing how to create HDR Photos, click on the link below to check it out How to create HDR Photos - HDR/Photomatix tutorial