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Qimage Ultimate - Single Raw HDR
First, a word about image editing in Qimage
Qimage (Lite, Pro, Studio, and Ultimate) allow you to apply any and all image editing functions such as sharpening, brightness, contrast, fill light, levels, curves, tone targeting, and much more by association. Instead of editing your original files and having to save edited copies to clutter your hard drive, Qimage simply associates a small parameter file with the image so that each time the image is accessed (by Qimage), the edits are applied. This also means that you can reopen and re-edit the photos at any time and your previous edits can be reviewed, changed, or removed! This "associative filtering" method was first invented and introduced by ddisoftware in the late 1990's as a way to modify images without having to resave them.
All of the examples below were created simply by dragging the "fill light" and "HDR" sliders in the raw refine tool on a single raw exposure. No making selections, no creating complex layers, and no modifying the original image!
Introducing Single Raw HDR in Qimage Ultimate
High Dynamic Range or "HDR" photos allow you to display a much greater dynamic range in your photos than can be displayed (on your monitor) or printed (on your printer) using standard developing techniques. Tools exist that allow you to take multiple exposures (by bracketing for example) and then "meld" the exposures together to get better light-to-dark range in your photos. We at ddisoftware have found, however, that many times photographers are going through the hassle of trying to take and combine multiple exposures when in many cases, a single raw contains enough dynamic range to do an even better job without trying to mix and match different exposures!
Single raw HDR is not a new concept. Just do a web search and you'll see that many people are creating HDR photos from a single raw exposure. While you can't expect a lot of range from a point and shoot camera, even a reasonably cheap dSLR (generally any camera with a sensor larger than the small point-and-shoot camera sensors) can capture enough range to make an HDR photo. To create an HDR photo, all you need to do is create a photo that compresses the dynamic range so that it exceeds the range of your output device (typically a monitor or printer). Even the cheapest dSLR cameras can capture 1-2 stops more range than your monitor can display and 2-3 stops more than you can print, so HDR from a single raw photo is certainly possible. In some cases of extreme lighting or contrast, you may still need multiple exposures and other software to make an acceptable HDR photo, but can you do it with just one? In many cases the answer is YES, and if so, Qimage Ultimate can make great HDR photos from just one raw exposure!
With the release of Qimage Ultimate v2010.122, you can now easily create HDR photos from one raw exposure! The process for shooting and developing single raw HDR photos in Qimage Ultimate is simple:
That's it! You'll be amazed at the HDR photos you can create from a single raw exposure using only two sliders!
Here are a few examples:
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