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jcr1
17-12-2009, 06:46 AM
Anyone dabbled in this?

It looks kinda interesting

I notice there's a lot of software, some to buy, some free.
I wonder what would be the best free software, to start with?

PaulD
17-12-2009, 07:33 AM
Look up "Enfusealign". Not exactly HDR but that can be an advantage.

AvonBill
17-12-2009, 08:20 AM
Try QTPFSGUI (http://qtpfsgui.sourceforge.net/) an open source project geared at HDR photography

Nomad
17-12-2009, 08:50 AM
You can download a demo Photomatix and it is pretty straightforward.

http://www.hdrsoft.com/

You take some shots in diff brightness - exposures and dump it into the software and then hit tone mapping I think and there is 2 modes in there you can choose and alter some bars around.

Sometimes you can bump off the extreme dark or bright image and it may work better. If you have people moving etc .. it may pay to use one mid image and just work with that.

I got a book from the library and it sorta went on those lines.

jcr1
17-12-2009, 12:49 PM
Thanks for those responses.

I gather from what I've read so far, that even a compact will do a good job, provided it has the ability to bracket shots. I currently have a Panasonic Lumix TZ15 and it can do this.
Like you suggest Nomad, maybe getting hold of a book would clear it up a bit, answer a few questions.

KarameaDave
17-12-2009, 12:55 PM
Haven't dabbled myself but this looks like a good starting point

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/high-dynamic-range.htm

Nomad
17-12-2009, 01:32 PM
Better on tripod.
You can ask the software to align your images but ....

Sweep
17-12-2009, 01:41 PM
I have a 90 page tutorial in PDF I can send you.

If you want same PM me.

Misty
17-12-2009, 06:02 PM
Thanks for those responses.

I gather from what I've read so far, that even a compact will do a good job, provided it has the ability to bracket shots. I currently have a Panasonic Lumix TZ15 and it can do this.
I have a Panasonic Lumix FZ8 which can bracket too. However my DSLR - the Nikon D60, does not ! Still I love it in many other ways ! :wub
It's all a compromise !! ::crying

Misty

Sweep
17-12-2009, 06:24 PM
The software I use is paid. Around US$50 from memory.

http://www.mediachance.com/hdri/version4.htm

Will work on a single picture in fact.

Disclaimer:-
I don't work for them or resell either.

jcr1
17-12-2009, 06:47 PM
I have a Panasonic Lumix FZ8 which can bracket too. However my DSLR - the Nikon D60, does not ! Still I love it in many other ways ! :wub
It's all a compromise !! ::crying

Misty
I am really tempted to buy a DSLR. I know what you mean about compromise. My Lumix fits in my pocket, has excellent zoom, wonderful LCD, great for travelling; but, i want something just a bit better:confused:

jcr1
17-12-2009, 06:52 PM
[QUOTE=Sweep;850238

Will work on a single picture in fact.

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That could be the answer, I have a great picture of our daughter and grandson in front of the Hawera water tower. Just a bit of shadow on their faces.
That might do the trick.

Sweep
17-12-2009, 07:00 PM
That could be the answer, I have a great picture of our daughter and grandson in front of the Hawera water tower. Just a bit of shadow on their faces.
That might do the trick.

Well you now have my Email address. If you want you can send me the pic and I will have a go at it.

Other than that there is a trial of the software I use but that will put a watermark on the result.