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D800 and HDR post processing

ljordan316

Inverness, US
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ljordan316 Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2010
Fri 27-Apr-12 12:20 AM

I have been doing HDR for a couple of years with two D300 bodies and good Nikon glass...mostly a 24-70mm f2.8. I just received my new D800 yesterday, and immediately went into test mode shooting HDR. I use CS5 to merge 5-7 RAW frames shot at 1 EV increments. I mostly use Topaz plug-ins in addition to ACR after I complete the merge process.

When I started processing my D800 HDR frames, I noticed a loss of sharpness and details with each additional layer of Topaz tweaks (DeNoise, Adjust and Clean). I found that starting with Infocus helped, but I still feel like I am losing what I captured in the first place.

A professional photographer friend says he switched from Topaz to Nik plug-ins when he started using a medium format Pentax. He suggests that I do the same for my D800 work. He says Nik works better with the high pixel density.

Can any of you shed some light on this topic? I would really like to keep shooting HDR, but I also want to keep all of the sharpness and details the D800 provides.

Larry Jordan

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