Tone Mapping and HDR Images

Ansel Adams is famous not only for his excellent photos, but also for the zone system he used while shooting and printing them. His system was based on the idea of distributing tonal values within the frame in such a way that the resulting image is not only properly exposed, but also displays extreme depth and clarity.

The photographic software industry is now busy trying to duplicate these techniques digitally, and there are various, quite promising programs available for this type of work. They include Photomatix Pro (available as the standalone Photomatix Pro or as the Tone Mapping Photoshop plug-in). The focus is on enhancing the tonal range of the image using the HDR merging techniques described in Increasing Dynamic ...

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