New HDR Pro in Photoshop CS5

HDR in Photoshop CS5

Good morning everyone! What a beautiful day! 🙂

Yesterday I was playing a bit with the new HDR Pro in Photoshop CS5 and thought I could share it with you.

Here’s what I did. I shot five frames of a landscape in the Peak District (beautiful place, by the way).

I bracketed the exposure to get most out of the image (highlights in the sky and shadows in the foreground).

It would be very hard to get it all right in one shot as you can see below. This would be a “normaly” exposed image:

Hdr - original imageThis is the original image, without any adjustments.

Then, I opened Merge to HDR Pro dialog box by going to File -> Automate -> Merge to HDR Pro:

HDR Pro When the dialog box opens, click on Browse to select the images to merge and press Ok:

Hdr dialog boxNow the Merge to HDR Pro dialog opens, it may take quite a while if you use high resolution images (it took about a minute when I used raw images). This brings you a big window with a number of sliders. Look at the screenshot to see the settings I used as they worked fine in my case.

Hdr ProHere are the settings I used (it’s hard to see it on the screenshot):

  • Radius – 500px (maximum)
  • Strength – 4 (maximum)
  • Gamma – 0.39
  • Exposure – 0.20
  • Detail – 110%
  • Shadow – 0%
  • Highlight – -100%
  • Colour: Vibrance 63%, Saturation 57%.

And here is the final result:

HDR FinalI hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

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