Generating an HDR Image Using AKVIS HDRFactory: Highlands Scenery

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Tutorial: AKVIS HDRFactory

Highlands Scenery: Generating an HDR Image


The photos have been sent to us by Denis Davydov.

Denis sent us a series of shots under different exposures. The scenery is really beautiful. However, the colors are dark and some objects are hardly visible because they are not illuminated. Using AKVIS HDRFactory you can reveal details and improve color saturation.

The same scene under different exposures The same scene under different exposures The same scene under different exposures
Source photos
Result: HDR image
Result: HDR image

Learn how to achieve this result below:

  • Step 1. Launch the program AKVIS HDRFactory.
  • Step 2. Press the button in the Control Panel of AKVIS HDRFactory and select the required files.

    Images will be loaded into the program and processed automatically using the default parameters (in this case it is the AKVIS Default preset).

    HDRI tab, Default Settings
  • Step 3. Adjust the Tone Mapping settings.
    Change the value of the Tone Mapping parameters

    The result is good. You can save the result by pressing the button . But our goal is to make this image brighter and reveal some objects in the shadows.

  • Step 4. We can add volume to the objects by using the Adjustment tab.

    You can set the values as shown in the screenshot.

    Apply Adjustment
  • Step 5. The image has become too light. We can make it more intense and saturated.

    Switch to the Post Processing parameters and set Brightness = 15, Saturation = 40, Gamma = 90.

    Make Post Processing

    You can compare one of the original images and the result by switching between the Before and After tabs.

  • Step 6. We got what we wanted. The resulting image looks great: it's acquired texture, became more intense, and is full of sunshine. Small details and new tints were revealed, and the background is now more voluminous and expressive.

    Press the button to save the result.

    Resulting HDR Image
How It Works How It Works
   — What Does HDRI Mean? — What Does HDRI Mean?
   — Shots with Different Exposures — Shots with Different Exposures
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using the Program
   — Creating HDR Images  — Creating HDR Images
   — Ghost Removal in HDR Images  — Ghost Removal in HDR Images
   — Adjustment — Adjustment
   — Local Correction — Local Correction
   — Effects — Effects
   — Crop Tool — Crop Tool
   — Post Processing — Post Processing
   — Preferences — Preferences
Examples Examples
   — Highlands Scenery — Highlands Scenery
   — Sunset Beach: HDR Effect — Sunset Beach: HDR Effect
   — Fun Slides in the Countryside — Fun Slides in the Countryside
   — Beautiful Glass — Beautiful Glass
   — Set Sail:  Pseudo-HDR — Set Sail: Pseudo-HDR
   — Changing Reality — Changing Reality
   — Summer Twilight - HDR Landscape — Summer Twilight - HDR Landscape
   — Looking For the Missing Color — Looking For the Missing Color
   — Regatta: Black And White HDR — Regatta: Black And White HDR
   — Egypt 100 Years Ago: Vintage Postcard — Egypt 100 Years Ago: Vintage Postcard


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