Changing Reality: Make a Dramatic HDR Photo With AKVIS HDRFactory
 

 
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Tutorial: AKVIS HDRFactory

Changing Reality: Make a Dramatic HDR Photo

 

This tutorial was done using the AKVIS HDRFactory plug-in in Adobe Photoshop.

When creating a HDR-image from a series of photos, we increase the dynamic range to maximize realism and detail. This is done using the HDRI tab. But HDR can also be used to create bright and colorful images that look surreal. This can be done using the settings in the HDRI and Adjustment tabs.

Original Photo Original Photo Original Photo
Original Images
Result
Result

Note: You can download the original photos and try to repeat the example.

  • Step 1. Open one of the photos in Adobe Photoshop.
    Adobe Photoshop Workspace
  • Step 2. Start the AKVIS HDRFactory plug-in by selecting Filter -> AKVIS -> HDRFactory from the main menu.

    Press in the Control Panel, select the desired images and click Open. The files will be automatically processed using the default settings in the HDRI tab.

    Image Processed With Default Settings
  • Step 3. Adjust the settings to your liking. Some "ghosts" will appear in the resulting image. Get rid of them with the Ghost Removal tool. Click in the Toolbar, and right-click in the image window. Choose the orange color in the dialog window which appears, then paint over the "ghost".
    Parameters Changed
  • Step 4. Switch to the Adjustment and apply the settings to achieve the desired result.
    Applying Adjusted Settings
  • Step 5. Press to accept the result and return to the graphics editor. Since there was a shift when shooting, the image has got a thin band at the edges during the alignment in HDRI tab. Remove this with the Crop tool.

    The result is a very dramatic and expressive picture.

    Final Result
 
How It Works How It Works
   — What Does HDRI Mean? — What Does HDRI Mean?
   — Shots With Different Exposures — Shots With Different Exposures
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — How To Use The Program — How To Use The Program
   — Create HDR Images  — Create HDR Images
   — Ghost Removal in HDR Images  — Ghost Removal in HDR Images
   — Adjustment — Adjustment
   — 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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