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DIY High Dynamic Range Photographs: How To – Part 2 of 2 – Creating and Tone-Mapping an HDR Image

January 16, 2014 1:00 pm

We recently explained in detail part 1 of how to create high dynamic range photos.

Here’s part 2: Creating and Tone-Mapping an HDR Image

Download and install qtpfsgui. We like this program because it’s FREE!! And it also works on most platforms.

Close other programs you might be running. Tone-mapping is really intense, and you don’t want to stress your computer out. So, close other programs to avoid lagging.

Run qtpfsgui and click “New HDR”. Click “load images” and select the three photos you took for this project. The program should automatically determine the exposure value, but in case you’re using a camera from 1776 (JK), you’ll need to set it yourself. After you do, click “next.”

The next window that pops up is really not important, so just click “next.”

The next window doesn’t matter either!! Isn’t this simple?! Yay!! Now, you’ll want to click “finish.” And voila, you have an HDR image. But there’s a problem…. It can’t be viewed in a low dynamic range format, like a JPEG, so you have to tone-map it.

Tone-map it time!! Hit the “Tonemap the Hdr” button in the toolbar. Now, brace yourself for an array of tone mapping options and parameters. You can pick any one you want, so get to it, play around, and make a choice. Once you choose, click “apply” to tone-map the image.

Save it!!

So, that’s that!!

Let us know if you have any questions by leaving a comment below!!

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