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That thing when you make an HDR photo…………….

and its full of grain!

Hi! Today I’m talking a bit how to make better HDR photos, for those who don’t know, an HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Basically it’s a technique of blending over exposed with under exposed images into one image so it will be closer to how the human eye actually can see. It is also used to create stunningly beautiful and colorful images which would normally have too much dark or too exposed parts or would look washed and a bit dull.

There are different ways of taking pictures to make an HDR image.

  • Using a compact camera, and taking 3 different images with 3 different expositions (normal, over exposed and under exposed) and then blending them together in some HDR software. But even with a tripod that would be a bit hard to perfectly align all the images because of too big camera shake when touching it to change exposition manually.
  • Using a compact camera like Canon PowerShot series with an CHDK hack to give it basically most of the abilities which an ordinary DSLR has (and even more), that’s how I started. I used a Canon PowerShot with CHDK hack and an HDR script to take 3 or more photos with different expositions one after another while camera was standing steady (and its a bit faster than with an DSLR). Then I would take the images and blend them into HDR with Dynamic-Photo HDR 5 software. That turned out extraordinary…. for a start. But sometimes when taking pictures of a bright sun, lamps  or sun’s reflections from the glassy surfaces, then black halos and black spots would appear in those overexposed parts of the photo while the rest would be good. Then, to totally prevent any camera shake even on a tripod, I started making the HDR from a single RAW photo. A RAW file is basically a bigger file which contains more data than an ordinary JPEG picture.  It contains the same picture in different expositions and it can be read with various HDR and image editing software (like RawTherapee). The advantage of making HDR from a RAW file is that there is no ghosting and moving objects stay where they are in all expositions. therefore its also perfect for making HDR timelapse and HDR hyperlapse videos. But still the after-hdr high noise (grain) was still the problem sometimes, especially when blending some very over-exposed images, when adding saturation or with an higher ISO.

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    My first HDR picture (Canon PowerShot A580 + CHDK)

  • Using an DSLR: Well with my DSLR, the quality and resolution of the images as well as the size of course increased. But still, a camera is as good as one knows to use it. And even though I’m not a pro photographer (yet!) but I’m learning fast. I managed to learn much of what it’s there to learn in terms of lighting, composition and working in full manual mode and using MagicLantern firmware on my DSLR (it works only on Canon DSLR’s, kinda simmilar like CHDK for Canon compact cameras). Anyway, I still experience noise in my HDR images even with the lowest (native) ISO, after tone mapping the image its a mess and full of digital noise, and sometimes still worse than the original picture. Luckily I found a solution to that which I will try and apply to my images! Links are bellow ;) .
  • Also there are inbuilt HDR photo options and apps for smartphones, for taking somewhat decent HDR images while being “in the move” :)

Now … I know these are some very rudimentary basics… Lets get serious now!

The point of this post is:

  1. To earn revenue from your pictures
  2. To make better HDR pictures with minimal noise

In order to earn revenue from your pictures, unless you are already a skilled photographer, you shouldn’t have any issues with submitting your images and getting them accepted to various online StockPhoto marketplaces to sell them. But if you are a casual photographer and you pretty much own a Compact digital camera, well then,… from my experience, you really first have to learn some basics (for hours and weeks and months) and read tons of tutorials, forums and videos about composition, lighting, using light reflectors and diffusers, and improvising and making a makeshift ones if you don’t have a budget to spend on those right away. Also using flash, different settings of flash, side flash, and the whole theory about ISO, shutter speed, DOF and all that. Just so you would make a perfect picture, upload it for review, it gets barely accepted and the admin would say it has some amount of grain and it would sell for far less. Oh well… that’s why a photographer should learn to handle those delicate things and that’s why I’m learning it.

As you probably know, there are quite a few different stock photo selling websites where you can ear from selling your photos, drawings, vectors etc. But my favorite stock media marketplace for selling pictures,drawings, vector drawings, stock video footage, stock audio, After Effects, and 3D models, is Pond5 ! Its full of everything you could ever need to publish books, magazines, websites, movies, create any kind of promotional videos and commercials, whatever you need, its there. And also Pond5 is a perfect marketplace for artists,designers,photographers and videographers, both professional and amateur to earn a decent amount of revenue for their quality creations. And most of all, its super easy to register and get your work approved there and start selling right away.

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 For pictures (and other media) upload quality guidelines check this link:

http://help.pond5.com/hc/en-us/articles/200944223-Image-Upload-Specifications

For the quality HDR with minimum noise techniques and methods I found out the following advice:

  • Use low ISO (and whenever possible, use “native ISO” for your camera model. For instance, for my Canon 600D the native ISO should be 160) and try to set the exact value manually if possible, and of course, use it it only when it doesn’t affect your desired debth of field .
  • Reduce noise prior to creating HDR (reduce noise separately on each image with Photoshop or a special denoise software) before merging images into HDR.
  • Use lower exposure value spacing (Use 1 EV or lower instead of 2 or 3 EV). That will also result in lower noise in final tone-mapped image. This means that you will need more photos than with 2 EV spacing. To make more than 3 photos, use CHDK hack on canon compact cameras and MagicLantern firmware on Canon DSLR.

If you really want to create stunning HDR images like a pro you must check this one out:

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