Over the past couple of weeks I have been hitting my workflow pretty hard with the 32 bit workflows from Photoshop and Photomatix to the bitter diatribe about saturation and HDR images.  Today I want to share with you my love for Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and how well it post processes HDR tone mapped images.  I use its immense post processing power almost daily and have failed to share with you its potential in your workflow.

There are several benefits to using ACR before heading into Photoshop to post process an HDR tone mapped photo.

  1. Incredible Noise Reduction
  2. Simple stuff can be fixed very easily, like White Balance, Chromatic Aberrations and Straightening the image.
  3. The targeted sliders, i.e. Shadows and Highlights, do a superb job of making some tricky adjustments rather quickly and pain free.
Check out the before and after to see if this technique is right for you!

Blake Rudis
Creator of f.64 Academy
Most people think I am passionate about Photography, but in reality I am not.

WHAT!?!

Wait, before you freak out, you are on a photo site, I am addicted to post processing. To be more specific, I am addicted to workflow efficiency and cracking the codes to complex systems. That's what I do here, crack the code to photo post processing and present it in a concise way, for you :)
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