22. ADD A BIT OF NORMAL BACK IN

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THERE IS A technique used in HDR photography that I was introduced to by RC Concepcion that can make your images look more realistic. The basic idea is to overlay the normally exposed image (with the exposure of 0) on the HDR version, then selectively mask out parts of the normal image to let the HDR version show through.

This works really well for portraits in which you want the subject (especially their skin tone) to look normal, but want to maintain some of the HDR look in the surroundings.

First, create the full HDR version of the image (Figure 22.1). Then open the single image from the bracketed set with the ...

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