HDR Preparation with HDR projects

Here you can precisely configure the settings of the program.

For the first steps please use the default settings. These default settings can be restored with the arrow at the bottom left. Nothing can be changed irrevocably.

 a.) Scaling: When uploading exposure series, the images can be scaled from 25% up to 900% using 6 different scaling methods.

 b.) Color Space Conversion: Advanced users can select a color space here - all other users are advised not to make any adjustments to avoid incorrect color reproduction later. HDR projects 7 professional offers several new color spaces (D65). The standard illuminant D65 is representative for a phase of natural daylight with a color temperature of 6500° Kelvin.

 c.) White balance: Corrects color casts that occur when shooting in warmly lit rooms. Leave this setting unchanged at the beginning.

 d.) Use this slider to adjust the color temperature if you have already uploaded. It is recommended to leave the setting at "Default" and adjust the color temperature later in post processing

 e.) Optimizations: Color normalization makes shadows black and highlights white in the image. During loading, the Adjustment: RAW to Camera Display converts the RAW image to almost match the camera and file preview. The automatic brilliance optimization for RAW files can be activated in the image preparation under RAW options. With camera RAW formats, it often happens that the image data does not use all available tonal values.

The automatic brilliance optimization compensates for this in the uploaded RAW images by boosting the tonal values in such a way that a reasonably used histogram is created for each camera RAW image.

In bracketing, this option is only useful if you are creating HDR images from a single RAW. If the automatic rotation of images is activated, they are automatically rotated according to the Exif orientation.

f.) Noise reduction: With these buttons you can select the accuracy of the noise reduction, and the slider controls the degree of sharpness for the edges. Here dark images can be heavily denoised and hot pixels (bright spots caused by the camera sensor in dark situations) can be removed.

g.) Exposure: can be selected if an image in an exposure series is incorrectly exposed and/or blurred and must therefore be supplemented by the program. In the case of a dark exposure series, it is recommended to use the "Optimize dark areas" function to remove any color casts. Bright areas and details can also be optimized in bright exposure series

h.) Align: Here you can control how the individual images within the exposure series are superimposed. Corrections to subtle movements, unintentional zooming, camera rotation and micro details can be considered here, although the default setting usually produces the desired result. Automatic cropping removes edges caused by overlapping exposures. You can select "fog, night sky" or "landscape, architecture, people" or "soft subjects (strong bokeh)" to find the perfect alignment for your image.

i.) Automatic ghost correction: HDR projects 7 professional uses a highly precise ghost removal to filter out subjects and people that move within the exposure series, i.e., appear in different places on the individual images. Without correction, people or vehicles would appear multiple times as a semi-transparent blur in your resulting image, creating a complete mess, as they would move and be in a different place in each shot.


Detail prediction is a special process: it attempts to predict movement within the exposure bracket, allowing you to remove ghosting in a more targeted manner. In addition, intelligent tuning is adapted to living creatures, landscape, architecture and sports. Here the correction works perfectly with the "Living beings" setting

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