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Realistic "HDR" blending in Photoshop

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Old 09-30-2010, 07:11 PM
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Realistic "HDR" blending in Photoshop

I'm curious what other retouchers think of this blending job. It was done with no programs other than photoshop...other than the fact that it is a clipping from a 360 degree pano so all the exposures were stitched in PTGuiPRO.

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Old 10-02-2010, 12:32 PM
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Re: Realistic "HDR" blending in Photoshop

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I'm curious what other retouchers think of this blending job. It was done with no programs other than photoshop...other than the fact that it is a clipping from a 360 degree pano so all the exposures were stitched in PTGuiPRO.

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me too!
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:07 PM
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Re: Realistic "HDR" blending in Photoshop

I am pretty new here and not what I call a good retoucher yet but this is a good job. I have only played with PS to do the HDR and have not had results near like this. I would love to hear your process?
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:01 AM
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Re: Realistic "HDR" blending in Photoshop

Looks good! Glad you don't like candy colored HDR's :-)
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:09 PM
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Re: Realistic "HDR" blending in Photoshop

nice, that's what HDR is supposed to look like...
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Old 10-06-2010, 08:44 PM
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Re: Realistic "HDR" blending in Photoshop

thanks for the comments guys, I haven't been able to get my name out there as a retoucher because I have not yet worked for a company that does fashion and products. Hopefully real estate can get me started. If anyone is interested in a tutorial I'm thinking about writing one up....there's no right or wrong way of going about it but I'll try to do my best.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:34 PM
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Re: Realistic "HDR" blending in Photoshop

I think it looks great D. Real estate is a great avenue for HDRi. People are starting to realize that is a great way to accurately represent their products. I also agree with Amica so far as not saturating your HDR images to death. Kudos.
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:21 PM
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Re: Realistic "HDR" blending in Photoshop

Hey Jason, thanks for the feedback. I only wish this style of editing were as lucrative as the other half of retouching because I really love editing RE photography and it would be great to make a business out of it. I was once paid $100/hr for RE retouching but 90% of the time I only charge half that to my clients...the downside is I only do a job around once every 2 months, PHOTOMATIX (to name just 1 out of many) seems to trick allot of RE Photographers into thinking their "HDR" images look great and for some reason it's extremely difficult to get through to them that it isn't. Oversaturation, obscene amounts of blooming, and and "upside-down lighting" seems to be overflowing on Real Estate HDR threads these days.

Does anyone else here almost exclusively do retouching for real-estate/architecture? I'd love to get some advice from someone whose made a business out of it.
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:29 AM
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Re: Realistic "HDR" blending in Photoshop

Even if its not a substantial portion of your business it very well could be. HDR is not going anywhere for a while. I think with real estate you are off to a great start by keeping thing believable. I did a test a while back for a realtor and while I was pleased artistically I was told that clients may not think they were actually during a real property, rather an illustration.


There are also lots of people getting work who aren't very good at HDR. I've seen ads in local magazines with burned out cyan skies and glaring halos around buildings. Set yourself up as a specialist and show that you know what you are doing. If you do this I think you will do well.
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Old 10-12-2010, 05:43 PM
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Re: Realistic "HDR" blending in Photoshop

Hey Jason,
Thanks for the advice, I guess I have some work to do setting up a website...I wish I knew as much in Dreamweaver/Flash as I do in Photoshop...it would be a little less painless :P
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