Not a Grunge Match… a Grudge Match!

When I was putting together the course Exploring HDR: The Video Series, I had to record a tutorial for every HDR Method I use on a routine basis.  This was kind of a chore for me as I am pretty fond of the Photomatix look as you can tell from the tutorials on the site!  While doing this exercise I processed several images with every method to see just how every image would fair going through the ringer.  I immediately thought I was going to be drawn to the Photomatix one with every example…

Boy, was I wrong!  I found that more often than not I really enjoyed the 32 bit ACR and Single Raw method.  You see, early in my HDR endeavors I would strictly use Photomatix as I was under the influence that was the only “true” method.  Over time I have realized many things about HDR and I am grateful for that.  The Photomatix approach is only one method in a sea of others.

In this “HDR Grudge Match” I put all of the methods against each other over 2 examples.  You will see the images go head to head in a  tournament style “fight”.  Only one method can win!

While this is all in fun, it has a very strong point.  Do not get caught up in your one method!  Venture out into the other methods from time to time.  I guarantee you will be surprised!

Exploring HDR:  The Video Series will be available tomorrow!

Blake Rudis

f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.


For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.


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