HDR for non-fanatics
When I first started seeing HDR photos a few years back I disliked them. It seemed that most HDR aficionados were guilty of either
1. Posting ALL pictures as HDR even when a regular version would have been wonderful
2. Overdoing HDR so that every picture had that garish, over processed look
When I first tried HDR myself I wasn’t happy with the results so I just didn’t go any further with it. Then I started seeing a few HDR pictures on smugmug and flickr that looked great – not over processed. In fact, you couldn’t tell it was HDR. I then read a bunch or posts about HDR at http://edknepleyphoto.com/ and learned that HDR can be a valuable tool if you don’t overdo it and overuse it. So I’ve done some HDR myself over the years and had pretty good luck with it. I use PhotoMatrix Pro.
Here are some examples of stuff I have done.
I don’t use it very much. The trick has been to think about it so that I can take 3 shots to use to create the HDR. I just don’t remember very often or don’t notice that the scene I’m shooting might lend itself to HDR.
So I was pretty happy to learn that in the latest version of PhotoMatrix Pro they added a feature that will do an HDR image from ONE RAW image. I’m sure it’s not as good as using three images but it seems pretty good to me. I gave it this image as a RAW file
and produced this