Tonemapping vs HDR

2 years 3 months ago #687201 by Jakov Barnes
I have noticed people using the term HDR in terms of what they are doing.  But isn't HDR the process with bracketing multiple images?  If you have one image with these sort of effects being done, isn't that just Tonemapping? 

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2 years 3 months ago #687203 by Shadowfixer1
Yes, you are correct but the overwhelming majority of people still think HDR is possible with one single image. It technically isn't. It is tone mapping like you said. The original definition of an HDR image was an image created from multiple images that exceeded the dynamic range of what the camera could capture in one single image. The "illustration" look became the rage, which is a result of aggressive tone mapping and not blending exposures. If the information is in the one original capture but it took processing to bring it out, that's not HDR because the information was there, it just wasn't utilized.

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2 years 1 month ago #693572 by KCook
Fer anybody who does have an interest in tone mapping, I now have lots of examples on my blog -

Kelly Cook

Canon 50D, Olympus PL2

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