I received some questions and also felt the need to listen to myself talk so I recorded a follow-up video for my last HDR post. The article describes how to take the 32-Bit HDR file and process it down to a usable 16 or 8-Bit format while maintaining the tonal ranges that are achieved using the HDR photography method. The Photoshop method of processing tends to render a much more realistic view of a scene then other software that utilizes the tonemapping methods. So go ahead and sit back, relax, and enjoy the sultry tones of my voice as I guide you through the processing routine (you know I am kidding about the whole “sultry tones of my voice” thing, right?).
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And here is a look at the image that I processed in the video. As you can see, it maintains a very wide tonal range, from the bright skies to the deep shade of the boulders along the creek bed, that I could never have captured in a single exposure. So next time you are out shooting with your tripod, go ahead and take some over and under-exposures and give the HDR thing a whirl. You never know until you try.