posted on Mar, 3 2006 @ 06:13 PM
I've been doing a lot of HDR images the past few days using Photomatix
, which is so awesome I just bought it. No,
they didn't pay me to say that. There's a demo version that lets you do stuff, but with watermarks. Although if you keep the image under 600
pixels or so at the max dimension, some of the settings don't apply watermarks. Anyway, enough.
For those who don't know what HDRI is, it stands for High Dynamic Range Imaging. And it allows images to have a wide range of tone that a digital
camera cannot capture in one exposure. Basically, using this software, you can take a series of photographs at different shutter speeds, using a
tripod, and the program will take all the properly exposed parts from each photo and combine them together into one evenly exposed shot. It can make
some really surrealistic stuff and it can also make some really AWESOME stuff.
Here's a photo made with this technique:
And here are the photos that make it up:
That was basically my initial test and it's not a nice photograph at all, but it shows the technical capabilities really nicely. Rather than having
one area well exposed and the rest washed out or vice versa, it gives nice even exposure across everything.
Here are some nicer photos using the technique: