October 30, 2012

HDR As Sharpening Tool

Photo by Scott Bourne – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

Short and sweet. I use HDR more than I don’t. When I do use HDR I prefer the subtle approach believing less is more. I’m not attacking anyone else’s style. I’m just saying that’s the way I prefer it. I like it so subtle that I don’t use it in the conventional way. I primarily use HDR (tools like Photomatix Pro or Nik HDR Efex Pro) to bring out detail. In other words, to sharpen – or “faux” sharpen an image. Take the image above. It is the finished product. The photograph was well in focus. But I used Nik HDR Efex Pro II to bring out just a tad more detail than there was without using HDR.

Here’s one that is similar to the original that didn’t go through the HDR process.

Photo by Scott Bourne – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

The differences are very subtle but on a 40″ monitor they look substantial.

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