It’s been nearly a year since I published The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro with my good friend, Tony Sweet. Since then, I’ve developed a few more presets that can come in handy for “natural” HDR settings.
The first new preset is called Interiors_Hyper-Realistic. It works great for indoor scenes that you really want to make “pop” but without the over-stylized look.
I’ve also created two new “landscape” presets. Natural_Landscapes_02 and Natural_Landscapes_03. Both of these use modest compression and mild structure to give a realistic look. The “03” preset uses negative tone compression to make skies look less artificial.
Lastly, I created a new black and white preset, B&W_Dramatic_02. This preset uses less structure and the “Gradual Medium” HDR method to keep things from getting too harsh in outdoor images.
You can download the entire set of presets here: HDR_Presets_2011 (ZIP Archive, 4 KB)
To install the presets, follow the procedures on pages 98-99 of The Photographer’s Guide to HDR Efex Pro. Remember, these presets are still considered to be “starting points.” You can tailor the global and local settings as you see fit, depending on your particular image.
I sent these presets to photographer Bob Krist, and here’s what he had to say about them:
Hi Jason: Those last couple of “natural” presets for HDR EFX Pro are really helping me with this assignment I had to shoot in Longwood Gardens. Many thanks!– Bob Krist
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