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    HDR software

    Since I got a tripod and reverted back my E-410 (DSLR with lowest dynamic range of all time) I've been taking a lot of HDR's. In this thread here Here I was pretty up-beat about SNS-HDR, but still skeptical about spending the money on it. Anyone have any updated suggestions, or has the situation really not changed in the past nine months?

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    Raven,

    I still use Media Chance's Dynamic-Photo HDR. But I have not done anything in the way of serious work with it. I may give Photomatix another try. First I have to organize my drives a bit so I can dive into Lightroom 3.5 which I just bought.

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    I use SNS-HDR lite which does not have that many controls but is free - run from the command line. Some results here

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    I might have to take another look at the lite version. I wasn't successful in running it from the command line last time... Can you give me tips on how to actually do things? Right now it just spits out a file, with out me being able to affect anything.

    I like the top three on the left side best, the reflected building, church, and old couch.

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    Hmmmm so far SNS-HDR seems easier to use than Dynamic-Photo HDR. Especially the free version of SNS-HDR, because I can't change anything even if I wanted to...

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    Raven,

    I was playing a bit with a difficult HDR sequence in Dynamic-Photo tonight. I tried Photoshop's merge to HDR, but liked it less. This was shot, handheld, from beneath a waterfall. It was a +2, +1, 0, -1 -2 sequence in aperture priority. With the moving water this was a ghosting challenge. It actually worked better to use just the -2, -1 & +2 images since so much of the image was moving. The one artifact I could not really eliminate was the blue cast to the water highlights. Still think it did a decent job. Here is the output with minimal PS tweaking and small versions of the source images.
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    Thanks for the comments raven15 - the reflected building is probably my favorite HDR

    Some instructions as requested:-

    To get to the program:
    cd\
    cd C:\Program Files\SNS-HDR Lite\

    To view helpfile/options:
    SNS-HDR.exe

    To run:
    SNS-HDR.exe -jpeg C:\Users\Anthony\Pictures\2011_08_15\IMG_3399_1.CR 2 C:\Users\Anthony\Pictures\2011_08_15\IMG_3400_2.CR 2 C:\Users\Anthony\Pictures\2011_08_15\IMG_3401_3.CR 2
    The options:
    -da Disable alignment
    -dd Disable deghosting
    -pm Panorama mode
    -srgb Convert colour profile

    Size reduction
    -x1 -x2 -x3 -x4

    Presets
    -default
    -dramatic
    -interior
    -ldr
    -neautral
    -night
    -soft

    -jpeg
    -tiff8
    -tiff16
    I have not noticed much difference between the presets and I would have thought there would be a way to alter the options when dragging and dropping over the SNS-HDR icon. Out of interest I might see if I can write a batch file.
    I only tried panorama mode once and it did not work but I am not sure what it is supposed to do anyway!

    That is a good result kgosden especialy as the water is so blurred in the longest exposure image.
    Last edited by Anthony; 10-18-2011 at 08:45 AM.

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    A simple batch file that can be modified as required. I added the SNS-HDR folder to my enviromental path and saved the line below as a .bat file on my desktop.
    Run by dropping the three images over the batch file icon. This code has the output hard coded as a jpg and uses 3 photos.

    SNS-HDR.exe -jpeg %1 %2 %3
    It is easier altering one line in the batch file than doing the 3 lines in the post above.

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    I ment to say that the ability in Dynamic-Photo to use a "brush" to add an HDR effect to seleted areas looks interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony View Post
    Thanks for the comments raven15 - the reflected building is probably my favorite HDR

    Some instructions as requested:-



    The options:


    I have not noticed much difference between the presets and I would have thought there would be a way to alter the options when dragging and dropping over the SNS-HDR icon. Out of interest I might see if I can write a batch file.
    I only tried panorama mode once and it did not work but I am not sure what it is supposed to do anyway!

    That is a good result kgosden especialy as the water is so blurred in the longest exposure image.
    I have to admit, I have seen the options that are available, but don't know how to implement them. Where do you type them in? Or do I need to be using a batch file to run this? If so is that as simple as renaming a txt file bat?

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