05 Nov Comprehensive Test of all HDR projects Features Part 2
Here we will quickly introduce the software’s batch-processing capability and the two new rearrangement and renaming capabilities added to the current version. In the Extras menu, HDR batch-processing and Tone Mapping are selected and bring up the source folder containing the exposure bracket(s). The program also has the means to automatically detect and sort individual brackets.
Renaming files in batch-processing
New in this version is the checkbox “Rearrangement Mode”, allowing for batch-processing to work in either Renaming or Rearrangement Mode.
After reading the notification in warning window, it should be quite apparent action the program will perform. This can be a very useful feature when used correctly. With one click on OK, you will have access to additional settings as well as the entry-field for renaming.
When applying a new identification mask to your files, you should ensure to use the correct syntax.
For example, when ends of file names for RAW images from Ahadesign-102016_001 to Ahadesign-102016_999 are generated, the following should be entered into the identification mask text-field:
As a result, and especially when working with a large selection of images, an image file could very well be titled Ahadesign-102016_845.cr2
The number signs therefore denote the position within the numbering system. A further classification can be made by adding additional digits separated by an underscore, whereby the first number field will only be increased once the second has been maxed out – for example:
The resulting file name could thus become Ahadesign-102016_001_99.cr2
Should the images simply be rearranged without being renamed, no new name is required for the identification mask for everything to work fine. The option “Delete Original File” should be treated be caution.
It is often safer to start by deleting duplicates before something goes missing. Relying on your operating system’s waste basket is never a good idea.
At this stage we would like to refer you to the handbook included with the program, as Identification Masks are described within in further detail.
Uploading Exposure Brackets
This section is not intended to provide instructions for or go into detail on all potential exposure bracket uploading methods—these are for the most part self-explanatory. Uploads can be performed in the File-Menu using the appropriate icons or directly from Lightroom.
The simplest method is to drag and drop photos into the program window.
Shown above are five RAW images in Canon CR2 format, each varying by increments of focal ratio. TIFF files from the RAW Converter, JPG or any other compatible file formats could have also been uploaded. The subject in the photograph was lit with a normal lamp and the image taken without the flash. One individual photograph from this bracket would have undoubtedly displayed drowned out shadows and washed out highlights, something that is not guaranteed be sufficiently corrected in the RAW converter—thus, appropriate grounds for using an exposure bracket.
The many supported RAW image formats can also be viewed in the Information section of the Menu located next to the keyboard shortcuts.
While uploading images, the well-known HDR preparation dialogue appears and provides an added eight color spaces of normal light in this new version, recognizable by the (D65) label. This denotes the color temperatures of natural light at 6500 degrees kelvin. There will not be any transformation applied to our example bracket above, however.
The automatic Ghosting Correction is set to landscape, the Intensity and Edge Sharpness settings both to a value of 50%. These are both merely working settings which can be more precisely adjusted at any later stage in the editing process. For the meanwhile, HDR projects is taking care of the rest, as will be seen at a further along in the test.
This version’s brand new Brilliance Optimization function also quickly got our attention. Its intended use is for individual RAW images and assists in bringing out all tonal values within the photograph.
Further alignment adjustments are not necessary given the photo was taken inside while using a tripod, although slight shifts can occasionally occur nonetheless.
Complete alignment with all options checked off and the cubic interpolation S-curve is often the best choice and can be left as a default setting.
The computer may require a small amount of additional computing time, but this should ultimately play only a minor role.
If Ghosting Correction were to be applied to our example image containing the basket of apples, bright outlines around the edges would appear.
This would require only a relatively quick and simple fix, however, as will be shown in later steps.
This Review has been written by Gerhard Lang, www.ahadesign.eu