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Real Estate Photography HDR Window Pulls

Community Beginner ,
Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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Hello!

 

I'm wanting to start a thread conerning HDR as it pertains to Real Estate Photography. LR Classic's HDR is my preferreed choice of inteior photo blending...as far as algorthim based HDR goes, it's the most clean interior image. Often times the HDR image that is produced is very dark thus the user must boost the exsposure by 1-2 (at least) Full Stops. And although the interior portion of the images look very sharp the windows are always blownout and very desaruated. I currently one possible solution to this issue without having to hand blend the widows manually in on Photoshop. 

 

If there isn't already a thing, I would LOVE a feature that automatically blends my lowest exsposure (window pull) to the HDR image after I have already applied my LR presets and adjuments. 

 

Adobe, I believe this would be a powerful tool for those of that need to save every second of time we can while editing extremely large batches of photos. If something like this already exists in Lightroom I would love to know or otherwise I would love to see if my idea is a possibility you can make happen and how I could help. 

 

Thank you!

 

-Austin

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Feature request, Mac, Make It, Performance, Presets or profiles, Windows

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LEGEND ,
Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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Go to the following link and download the Profile SDK.  You can creat a profile with expanded Highlights/Shadows sliders.  I created one called Adobe Color HDR for just the purpose of editing Lightroom HDR photos.  I dont use it on every HDR photo and on nonHDR photos it can create issues due to the expanded range (to be expected) but it works well on most HDR photos.  The SDK will give you fairly easy instrunction on how to create the profile in ACR.

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/digital-negative.html?mv=affiliate&mv2=red 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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Would this actually help blend in the correctly exsposed image from my bracket or just pull the shadows and highlights farther. What I want is Adobe to produce a window pull system that is applied AFTER the HDR is produced. 

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LEGEND ,
Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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I dont know about this photos but I think if you do a lot of HDR the extended Tone Map Profile would help your work.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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Often times the HDR image that is produced is very dark thus the user must boost the exsposure by 1-2 (at least) Full Stops. And although the interior portion of the images look very sharp the windows are always blownout and very desaruated. I currently one possible solution to this issue without having to hand blend the widows manually in on Photoshop. 

 

This is normal behavior for LrC Photo Merge HDR image files. Adobe has extendd the Exposure control range to -5 and +5 so there should be no issue establishing the correct midtone exposure. For the blownout highlights you should be applying -Highlights to -100 if necessary. When doing so it's best to set Shadows to the opposite and equal setting (-50 and +50). More here:

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/help/tone-control-adjustment.html

 

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Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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@Todd Shaner  I think the actual value of the exposure slider range in a LrC is -10 to +10.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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@KR Seals @Todd Shaner 

Yes, it is +/- 10 on exposure.  WHY it is that large is the question.  Years ago when HDR was introduced I asked on the forums for anyone to upload an HDR that required +/-10.  I have never seen one. All this range does is reduce the accuracy of the slider.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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Austin and Bob are correct. The Exposure control range was extended to +10 and -10.

 

What I meant to say.....

Adobe has extended the Exposure control range to by -5 and +5 so there should be no issue establishing the correct midtone exposure. I never needed anything close to the -10 and +10 Exposure range available for HDR DNG files.

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