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· Date: Tue 27-April-2010 · Views: 734 · Filesize: 298.0KB, 1298.8KB · Dimensions: 680 x 1024 ·
Keywords: Orange Tree
Camera: D300
Lens & Filters: 17-55 mm @ 17 mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/22
Shutter speed: 1/8 - 1/2
Location: Point Lobos, CA
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Additional Categories: Big Sur Worshop 4 '10
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david_mathre


Location: Skillman NJ US
Posts: 536
Wed 28-April-2010 09:00

Is this an HDR?
mws29
Location: CA US
Posts: 41
Wed 28-April-2010 09:55

Yes, 3 images processed in Photomatix Pro exported from Lightroom. I need to experiment more with HDR processing as I here that it is better to convert to TIFF before loading in Photomatix... vs exporting raw directly from Lightroom.
david_mathre


Location: Skillman NJ US
Posts: 536
Wed 28-April-2010 10:15

Not sure that that is true. Lightroom converts it to a tiff file (using any Lightroom processing) before it is loaded into Photomatix Pro -- and the file sent back is a tiff file (16 bit).
It is true when opening directly in Photomatix Pro that it is probably better to convert to tiff first. Not sure how Photomatix converts the raw file before processing (use the imbedded jpg, the imbedded tiff (w/o any in camera settings)). Better to open in Capture NX2 so all in camera settings are applied, do any initial processing, then save as a tiff before importing into Photomatix.


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mws29
Location: CA US
Posts: 41
Wed 28-April-2010 11:09

Thanks, I was not aware that Lightroom converted the files to TIFF during the export process to Photomatix. The files were .dng within LR when I exported. Thanks for the clarification.
david_mathre


Location: Skillman NJ US
Posts: 536
Wed 28-April-2010 11:55

If your files were .dng, all bets are off and I don't know how they were exported. You might want to look at a recent blog by Thom Hogan ( http://bythom.com/dng.htm ). I tried .dng for a while, but gave it up. I like to have full control, and process from the raw files with all of the in camera adjustments. As such I use Capture NX, Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik (Color Efex, Silver Efex), Focus Magic, Genuine Fractals, Photmatix, Autopano Giga, PTGui, and and many other tools.