After many months of searching the web and seeing some horribly processed HDR images. I decided to do a more in depth Photomatix tutorial on how to make good HDR images and how to fix those damn electric clouds that happen during the tonemapping process! I may be a purist when it comes to HDR images, but I prefer them to be the way they appeared when I was there with maybe a little bit of artistic tweaking depending on the photo, but I usually do that in Photoshop. I see HDR images all over that give HDRtists a bad name due to their poor processing and high saturation. Just because you can saturate something doesn’t always mean you should! In this tutorial I have also tackled how to battle those nasty electric HDR clouds with just a few quick slides of the bars. This tutorial was inspired by the pure nature of Eric Valdez’s work, you know, the guy I interviewed on Wednesday.
***Disclaimer: All of the adjustments made to my image will not necessarily be the same as yours, it depends on the dynamic range in the image. You may have to play a little more or a little less. Do not use my numbers as a chisel to stone, use them as a guide to tweak yours.***