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!