May 20, 2009

Brief HDR bits

  • In talking to photographers recently, we’ve heard that clients are requesting “that HDR look”–i.e. the somewhat wonky, overprocessed look often seen in places like the Flickr HDR pool. With that look in mind, Russell Brown shows how to create “faux HDR” from one image using Camera Raw/Lightroom.
  • FDR (Full Dynamic Range) Tools have released an updated version of FDRCompressor, their tonemapping plugin for CS2, CS3 and CS4. The tool works on both HDR (32-bit) and individual JPEG and raw files. [Via Manfred Schömann]
  • Planet Photoshop posts a reminder about Bridge CS4’s ability to auto-stack components of an HDR image, then have Photoshop batch-merge the files.
Posted by John Nack at 6:42 AM on May 20, 2009


  • Daniele di stanio — 7:42 AM on May 20, 2009

    Hi John and everybody, Photoshop Italia Adobe User Group will join Worldwidephotowalk, starting with me in Rome. So if any of you will be in Rome July 18th please register yourself or drop me a line here: Also, John, I started translations for members who do not speak english. Last post in our blog is, in fact, this one, if you would like to change something please let me know. And thank you for everything!

  • Roger Howard — 8:04 AM on May 20, 2009

    I’m not a fan, at all, of the overly tonemapped “look” in most cases – sometimes it can be used to a nice artistic effect… anyway… what HDR always promised was delivering better dynamic range from a stack of exposures – but what’s been tough has been getting a natural look. I don’t know if your engineers and product folks have looked at what tools based on “enfuse” can do – it’s like manually compositing exposures for a natural look, but without the work. On the Mac check out Bracketeer for an example – enfuse is open source and the algorithms are patent free (I believe) – I’d love to see this kind of exposure blending available in Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom.

  • Robert Barnett — 8:37 AM on May 20, 2009

    Also, don’t forget the Photoshop plug-in from Topaz Labs called Topaz Adjust. Besides having presets that give a very nice HDR look the plug-in is also useful for “normal” exposure and color adjustments as well as noise reduction.

  • Mark Thomas — 8:42 AM on May 20, 2009

    Yeah, this HDR thing gets way overused. Almost everyone who uses it abuses it. Kind of like Flash! (flinch)
    But hey — Flash and HDR can yield good things in the right hands.

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