HDR question regarding CaptureNX2
I am wondering if anyone can tell me how to process a single NEF file into multiple exposures that I can then save as TIFs and run through Photomatix to get HDR images. Is it just using exposure compensation? Or can I "sweeten the deal" by fooling with other settings? Thanks in advance for your expertise.
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#1. "RE: HDR question regarding CaptureNX2" | In response to Reply # 0
Robp Nikonian since 23rd Oct 2009Tue 03-Aug-10 12:00 PM
You can change the exposure and maybe some other characteristics and save multiple edit-versions of the same file; then combine them with Photomatiix, but the results will be disappointing because there is no new information included in the resulting fake HDR. In fact, there is probably less because you are just adding processing, not information. When you create a real HDR with multiple photos taken at differing exposures, you are adding new information from each photo that has been clipped out of the others by your exposure settings.
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mklass Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Tue 03-Aug-10 05:56 PM
If you save them as TIFFs or JPGs with different exposure setting, it will work. Just adjust the exposure compensation.
I prefer 0.5 stop differences, up to 2 stops either way, but it depends on which parts of the image you are trying to bring out whether you need more nedative or positives. If you blow out highlights, you will get some strange results in Photomatix.
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robsb Nikonian since 23rd Aug 2006Wed 04-Aug-10 02:14 AM
Depending on what you are trying to do, you may be able to fix your image without resorting to HDR, just use color or other control points to select the area you are trying to modify, i.e. bring out details in shadow, or cool highlights. USing Exposure compensation (global) along with curves like LCH (local) and a combo of the other NX2 tools you can make pretty drastic changes and still have it look OK because you are still working in RAW.
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#3. "RE: HDR question regarding CaptureNX2" | In response to Reply # 0
Hello and thanks to both of you for the great advice. I agree its not the way to go if you can help it. By the way, I have been shooting with a Nikon D5000, and setting the bracketing at AE2.0. Based on what I am hearing, it sounds like I should vary that a bit and see what works. I am trying for subtly with these photos, I dont want it to scream "HDR!!". But at the same time, I am seeing that HDR done right, is probably the difference between landing a gallery show, and not. At least at the beginners level I am at, with the toys and software I have at my disposal. BTW, if you care to critique, here is a shot I made last night.
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