Beautiful Glass: How To Create High Dynamic Range Images

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Tutorial: AKVIS HDRFactory

Beautiful Glass: How To Create an HDR Image


When photographing a brightly-lit window and the landscape beyond it, one finds that no matter the quality of the digital camera, it will not be able to present the entire dynamic range of brightness. Either there are visible details in the room but a bright white window, or a beautiful landscape but washed out details in the room.

Here we have the same situation. A photo of a stained glass window, illuminated by bright sunshine, was taken in a dimly lit room. The result was either a bright and colorful stained glass window surrounded by dark walls, or a room full of detail with a bright white window.

You can extend the dynamic range of your photos, revealing details in dark and light areas, with AKVIS HDRFactory.

Original Image Original Image Result
Two original photos of a stained glass window HDR Image

  • Step 1. Start AKVIS HDRFactory. Press in the Control Panel and choose two images in the dialog window: one with a colorful view, and the other with good details of the wall. After being chosen the images will be processed using the default settings.
    Result With Default Settings
  • Step 2. The resulting image is not bad, but looks a little blurry. Let's try to improve it by adjusting some parameters.
    Result After Adjusting Parameters
  • Step 3. The image looks great but we'll use the Post Processing to make it brighter.

    Here is our result:

    Final Result: High Dynamic Range 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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