Processing night shots - HDR the hard way

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7 Oct '11 Fri Oct 07, 2011 17:48    
Prieni
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Post Processing night shots - HDR the hard way

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8 Oct '11 Sat Oct 08, 2011 09:24    
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Post Re: Processing night shots - HDR the hard way

Great article. The funny thing about this is, you do a manual HDR job. I think Photomatix and other software use this same method you did, but all automatically. I think when you get used to HDR software a little bit more, you will get as decent results as you get with the manual method.

Your description learned me more about HDR processing and helps me to understand more the steps I do in the HDR software!

I use this software for a while now, but not for night photography. I will try it and see if I get good results.

 
 
 
 
  
8 Oct '11 Sat Oct 08, 2011 15:12    
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Somehow i don't see it, strange...

 
 
 
 
  
8 Oct '11 Sat Oct 08, 2011 17:20    
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Corros,

thanks for the praise. I had a quick look at the SNS-HDR site (after looking at the review) and it looks like this software is really doing an amazing job. I just downloaded the trial version.

I have used enfuse from the PanoTools suite when I don't wanted to go through the whole procedure. It's quite powerful but being a command line driven tool it takes quite a few iterations to get a decent result.

By the way: HDR software is working a little different from what I showed in the article: It's creating one file, usually 24 bit or more, that contains the full dynamic range. As there is no output device (monitor or printer) capable of that dynamic range the final image is then created in a second step, where the full dynamic range of the scene is mapped to the output devices dynamic range. This is why the first step of the HDR software takes so long and then it works comparatively fast when selecting different output settings. For the user, though, it's not that relevant whether some intermediate file is created or not.

Anvh,

what are you not seeing? The article? The images in the article?

Prieni


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8 Oct '11 Sat Oct 08, 2011 20:23    
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Post Re: Processing night shots - HDR the hard way

Excellent article there Ralph, very detailed Cool

I'm using SNS-HDR software, I bought it when it was like version 1 and watched it grow through the updates that keep on coming!

Its very good software, lots of excellent presets as well as many sliders for a fair amount of control


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8 Oct '11 Sat Oct 08, 2011 20:48    
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- Prieni


Anvh,

what are you not seeing? The article? The images in the article?

Prieni

The article...
Will login in as admin and see if that helps or maybe that might be the cause of it since all off you can see it.

Edit:
The problem is on my side.
I think it has something to do with the language.
I had set it to English but it changed to Dutch this weekend and now i'm unable to change it back in English.
I think because the article is in English I can't see it, not sure about this theory though.

From the Admin side i can access the articles and even change it but i can't see it from the user side.
I can't go deep into the codes, don't have that kind off access so Layingback should look into it.

Edit2:
Forget what i said, Opera just isn't playing nice...

 
 
 
 
  
9 Oct '11 Sun Oct 09, 2011 05:28    
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Phew, I thought for a moment I have to translate into Dutch. Now that would be fun...

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9 Oct '11 Sun Oct 09, 2011 05:54    
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I can see it with my normal browser now and all is in English as well, Opera has the bad habit of holding his cache very long.

So all is fine =]

 
 
 
 
  
18 Oct '11 Tue Oct 18, 2011 18:05    
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Ok, I tried the software that Corros was talking about. This is the result (with me being a newbie operator...):



Pretty decent, I think.

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18 Oct '11 Tue Oct 18, 2011 21:18    
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- Anvh

I can see it with my normal browser now and all is in English as well, Opera has the bad habit of holding his cache very long.

So all is fine =]


No, it was/is a software inconsistency: When a site is single language, that language gets assigned automatically to the articles submitted by users, in this case English. Once the site is set to Multiple Languages, then the choice is available to mark the article to be English, Dutch, etc or All.

English articles get displayed when user's language setting is English, Dutch if Dutch, etc. All means that the article is displayed regardless of language, ie to all.

So I went ahead and updated Prieni's 2 articles from English to All. Forgot to do that when we went Multi-lingual.

Doing better today, so may be able to get German set up tomorrow ...


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29 Nov '11 Tue Nov 29, 2011 22:56    
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Heh, being a Dutch guy living in England I wonder whether to dare try this forum in Dutch. I don't mean to be unkind but software translations are usually hysterical =). I use them for a lot of Japanese translations and it makes conversations pretty surreal =). If you ever want a good giggle try translating an article to an obscure language then back to the original the other way.


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30 Nov '11 Wed Nov 30, 2011 06:43    
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Hi Nass, I think Mark wrote that before making the German forum part. I'm sure he didn't want to translate the article. I could re-write in German, so no auto-translation involved.

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30 Nov '11 Wed Nov 30, 2011 08:33    
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Ah, now I see the confusion that I generated. I wasn't talking about the language the articles were written in, but rather the flag set on the article to tell the software what language it is written in, and thus who to show it to.

There's a small failing in the system in that it doesn't track which language items are written in until you go multilingual by adding a 2nd language. Then things are not set correctly when you do go multilingual. So I had to go through article by article marking them as English, German, Dutch or All - All meaning that there's only 1 version so it will have to be shown for all languages.


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