HDR Tutorial for Real Estate Interiors

II - Rendering an interior with a bright window

Once you have taken bracketed photos that capture both the darkest part of the interior and brightest parts of the windows as shown in part I, follow the steps below to render the photos in Photomatix Pro.

1.
Open Photomatix Pro and click Browse & Load to select the photos you captured in part I. Then click Next: Chose Merge Options.

If you have Lightroom, you can use Photomatix from Lightroom via the Plugin for Lightroom included in Photomatix Pro.

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2.
On the Merge to HDR Options dialog, check Align source images and Reduce noise. Then, click Align & Merge to HDR .

Make sure to leave the 'Show options to remove ghosts' box unchecked (ghost removal should only be used for scenes with moving objects or people).

3.
Once the Adjust & Preview window appears, locate the Preset thumbnails panel on the right. Click the pop-up menu on top of the thumbnails list and select Architecture.
4.
Click on the preset thumbnails to view their effect on the Preview image. The Interior 2 preset is often a good start.
5.
Use the sliders on the left to further adjust the effect. Once you are satisfied with the image, click Next: Finish to render the image at its original resolution.
6.
The Finishing Touch panel lets you add contrast to your image, sharpen it, and crop and straighten it. Straightening is useful to fix perspective issues where lines don't look parallel when they should, or when vertical things like walls aren't vertical.
7.
To save your image, click Save Final Image.
If you have many photos to render, you can automate the task with Batch Processing. NEXT: Automate