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Author Topic: Do HDRs sell?  (Read 4123 times)

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« on: December 19, 2008, 13:40 »
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I got lots of rejections on SS (for incorrect exposure/WB) but some were accepted/sold on FT.


« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2008, 14:33 »
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I have had a number accepted at SS, FT, DT, IS, 123RF and BigStock and they are among my best sellers.  fred

« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2008, 16:30 »
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Same here, I've done ok from a few around the place

« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2008, 08:01 »
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I have another HDR, but it's made in software that simulates HDR. So, I wanted to ask you guys, what you use for HDR? Do you really make several photos with different exposures or you use some software that simulates HDR. Also, I wanted to ask how do you avoid noise when making HDR?

« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2008, 08:25 »
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I've played around with HDR because I often like the results.  However, I can't claim to be an expert.  I've sold several that I took at the Ringling mansion here in Sarasota.  It makes a good HDR subject because it is colorful, has lots of detail, and I can seems the light is always shinning on the side opposite where I want to shoot!.  HDR is great for bring out both color and detail from shadowed areas without blowing out the sky.  In these situations I use the auto bracket feature on my camera to shoot 3 exposures, 1.5 stops each side of center, in rapid succession.  I use Photomatrix Pro 3.0 to combine them.  Noise IS always a problem, however, but the Noiseware plugin usually takes care of it with no problem.

« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2008, 11:29 »
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I have another HDR, but it's made in software that simulates HDR. So, I wanted to ask you guys, what you use for HDR? Do you really make several photos with different exposures or you use some software that simulates HDR. Also, I wanted to ask how do you avoid noise when making HDR?

The best method to make HDR is to take a minimum of 3 different exposures... 5 is better.  Do the blending with a good program.
When using just one picture and let program decide on exposures/automatically you will most probably end up with a noisy picture.
Doing it yourself you have full control over noise.  As a reviewer i seldom see good HDR pictures.  Almost 95 % are loaded with noise.

Patrick H.

« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2008, 15:29 »
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The best method to make HDR is to take a minimum of 3 different exposures... 5 is better.  Do the blending with a good program.
Patrick H.

Do you use auto bracketing for multiple exposures or is it possible to adjust the exposures manually as well?

« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2008, 20:21 »
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The best method to make HDR is to take a minimum of 3 different exposures... 5 is better.  Do the blending with a good program.
Patrick H.

Do you use auto bracketing for multiple exposures or is it possible to adjust the exposures manually as well?

Never, never use auto .. do the bracketing yourself.  As stated, choosing the exposure yourself you have full control over noise.
A good HDR is all about exposures, combined, don't let any program take over.
In the days of film the most amazing HDRs were creaated in the dark room... not only with one slide.

Patrick H.

« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2008, 05:37 »
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I have several for sale, but they are not big sellers. I use 3 images in Photomatix.

Here are some examples.






« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2008, 06:07 »
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I tryed HDR a while before I started with microstock. I never tryed to upload one of these images. at that time I used a freeware merge 3-5 different images to a HDR, but the result I achieved with this freeware was realy bad.  ;D ;D :'( :'(
does anybody know a good free (or cheap) tool for HDR?  ???
my be I should give it a second shoot... :)

rinderart

« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2008, 00:52 »
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Like everything else. Depends on the work. Most folks have no clue how to do it and usually pick the wrong subjects....Just like BW. If it's good it will sell. Simple as that.

« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2009, 15:53 »
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Most of my high download images are HDR. We often see poor images that give HDR a bad name.  Like anything else the results are based on the effort you put into the medium.

avava

« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2009, 22:55 »
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I haven't give it much thought since we are always shooting moving people but I will give it a try and report back.

Best,
AVAVA


 

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