Sunday, December 20, 2009

Create An HDR Image Even When the Subject Is Moving

Believe it or not, you can create a HDR image from a single picture even when the subject is moving quite fast.

Well, that's half true. What you can do is create a pseudo HDR image from a RAW file in Photomatix. Simply drag the file over the Photomatix icon and a pseudo HDR is almost instantly created. Click Tone Mapping and get to work fine-tuning your image.

You can go for a realistic approach or an artistic approach, as I did here - creating a softer side of the birds in flight. Either way, you can open up the shadows without blowing out the highlights.

Sure, you could probably get to the same place in Adobe Camera RAW, Lightroom or Aperture. This technique is faster and, with Tone Mapping, you have the added benefit of creating an artistic effect. The more you move the Tone Mapping sliders to the right, the more intense the effect.

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