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December 31, 2008

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Combining Raw and HDR for Great Results

by josephrossbachphoto
Just playing around with some new post processing techniques, I decided to try out a new technique for double processing a raw file and an HDR image of the same scene. I have included the raw file processed in Lightroom and the Photomatix tiff right out of Tonemapping to show the difference in the two. I wanted to open up the shadows and detail in the rocks and mid ground trees without losing the original tone and color of the sky and distant mountains in this shot from Bear Rocks.
Original Raw File

Original Raw File

 

Photomatix HDR File

Photomatix HDR File

After bringing both files into Photoshop, I merged them by dragging the Photomatix file over the original raw image (making sure to hold down the shift key for perfect alignment). Once both files were merged together, I created a layer mask and simply painted the detail of the base file(the original raw shot) back into the image using different brush sizes and opacity setting for certain parts of the image. After I was finished with the masking procedure, I simply treated the file as I would any other image I am editing in photoshop by going through a series of layer adjustments for tone, color and saturation. The file was finally saved as a PSD and added back into lightroom for cataloging and key-wording.

Here is the final result.

Bear Rocks Autumn Vista

Bear Rocks Autumn Vista

One More Example:

Raw File

Raw File

Tone Mapped HDR

Tone Mapped HDR

Final Blend

Final Blend

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  1. Jan 1 2009

    Nice job Joe. I’ve been doing the same in many situations. You’ve done a nice job of showing just how nice this technique can be! Of course your images are alway killer anyway!

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