(Original post by marcusfox)
Right, I've read up more on this technique and it seems that you need to take several images at different exposures - quite often -2, 0 and +2 EV.
Others say you can do it with a single jpeg using Photoshop and Photomatix - not software I am familiar with, but I downloaded the trial and had a go. Not really pleasing results, but I guess when you artificially adjust the exposure with the same jpeg to create three exposure levels, the extra information that you'd get from three distinct images just isn't there.
However, there must be some method to it, as I'd imagine your three photos would need to be taken with a tripod or braced against an immovable object and identical apart from exposure otherwise it just wouldn't look right. But I have seen similar effects applied to fast moving objects, for example flowing water and animals - any ideas?
Yup!, you can & i did... the effect is allways better with the 3 pictures though, well i found.
By the look of that picture, some burning has been going on as well... or maybe a play with the levels?
The way i did it; set up my tripod had my 2, 0 and +2 EV, held my breath had the shutter delay for 2 seconds to avoid camera shake, and i was given with three images, one under exposed, one just right and one over... and Photomatix is dead easy to use, i use it to sandwich my pictures together and then i use Photoshop to play with the HDR tone.... Saying this, i have only done it once, so i am not an expert and that was just my rough way of doing it.
- Don't forget to shoot in RAW!
I assume with the fast moving images were done on a single jpeg.
As i say not the best, but this is what i got with the explnation i mentioned above...
As i say, its my first attempt and i need more practise, but it has been slightly over done.
Single image HDR. Again, not the best example.