Can a HDR image be made from a single photo?

13 years 10 months ago #1199 by Tuscany
Is this possible? I have some really cool photos that I think would look great if they were a HDR image. Is there any software that will transform them to a HDR image?


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13 years 10 months ago #1206 by DavidNM
Basic answer is yes - although it's not a full fledged HDR you can do it.

You have to have a good photo manipulation tool - like Aperture 3, CS5, photoshop, etc. Then take your photo and find the up and down exposure controls. Up the exposure one notch and then save the photo as a tiff on your hard drive (named appropriately). Then up another exposure notch and save as well. Then take the original and save as '0' exposure. Then go down one notch and then down another.

Once you have the 5 Tiff images saved on your hard drive, bring them into whatever HDR software you're using and create an HDR as usual. Won't have quite the same effects as a regular HDR - but will look better than the original photo. I did it with the photo below.


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13 years 8 months ago #5452 by Gump

DavidNM wrote: Basic answer is yes - although it's not a full fledged HDR you can do it.

You have to have a good photo manipulation tool - like Aperture 3, CS5, photoshop, etc. Then take your photo and find the up and down exposure controls. Up the exposure one notch and then save the photo as a tiff on your hard drive (named appropriately). Then up another exposure notch and save as well. Then take the original and save as '0' exposure. Then go down one notch and then down another.

Once you have the 5 Tiff images saved on your hard drive, bring them into whatever HDR software you're using and create an HDR as usual. Won't have quite the same effects as a regular HDR - but will look better than the original photo. I did it with the photo below.


Have you seen that new software from Nik Software - HDR Efex Pro? You can supposedly be able to make HDR image from one photo there also.


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13 years 8 months ago #6027 by effron
Fairly easy to do if shooting raw, and using Adobe camera raw. You adjust exposure, open in PS as smart object, duplicate and go back to camera raw, adjust the copy and bring it back to PS. A little masking and painting and voila.
Google for a couple hundred tutorials.....;)

Why so serious?
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13 years 8 months ago #6682 by FunnyGuy

DavidNM wrote: Basic answer is yes - although it's not a full fledged HDR you can do it.

You have to have a good photo manipulation tool - like Aperture 3, CS5, photoshop, etc. Then take your photo and find the up and down exposure controls. Up the exposure one notch and then save the photo as a tiff on your hard drive (named appropriately). Then up another exposure notch and save as well. Then take the original and save as '0' exposure. Then go down one notch and then down another.

Once you have the 5 Tiff images saved on your hard drive, bring them into whatever HDR software you're using and create an HDR as usual. Won't have quite the same effects as a regular HDR - but will look better than the original photo. I did it with the photo below.


Beautiful photo


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13 years 8 months ago #6915 by Maverick V
Don't some of those software's make a HDR image from a single photo?


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