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Here are five samples using four separate techniques. It certainly
looks like tone mapping produces a more pleasing result. There
are at least a dozen programs that will do HDR, including PS CS3.
My favorite to date would be
Photomatrix. Be aware that if you
use HDR with a single raw file you will bump headlong into noise
levels being a problem. For best results count on at least 3
separate photos and preferably 5 - or even more. On these samples be
sure to check the roof texture, back wall texture, floor shadows,
and the highlights. The trick is to make it look real - as the eye
sees it. Most users tend to go overboard at first.
Feel free to download all the photos (right
click) and drop one on top of another as multiple layers in PS. This
is a real easy to make exacting comparisons.
1- Using PS CS2 and
Image - Adjust - Highlights and Shadows
2- Using a raw file and
three separate raw conversions
and combining them using masks.
3- Using these same three files in a
HDR program and tweaking
4- Same as above
with a second more aggressive tweak
HDR and Tone Mapping