Horseshoe Bend HDR: NIK Collection Free Ver. & DXO Photolab – PLR002

Horseshoe Bend HDR: NIK Collection Free Ver. & DXO Photolab – PLR002



hello and welcome to this episode of polarizer double-o today I'm going to show you how can we merge three photos into an HDR photo using the DxO photo lab actually in order to merge them together I have to use the my collection tool because the excel photo lab does not support not merging into an HDR and not merging into panorama they lack these features but I can do the HDR with the Nik collection tool I don't have the recent update of my collection which is my collection too I have the free version that Google distributed them two years ago and this update of photo lab 2.3 recognized this installation in my PC and it's accessible from the excel photo lab so let's see our three images right now they are rated with one star I just to remind you in order to rate which star you just press the control and the number of the stars that you want control to control 3 I will put it again on control 1 if I want to filter and show only the rated photos I go to the filter and select it and let's double click one of the photos and we are in the customized module I will select the whole tree photos with the shift and the mouse and I will select the right Nik collection tool there is the HDR FX pro 2 now once I'm selecting this tool we can see that photo lab has to convert my raw photo into TIFF 16-bit it is because I have the free version if you had the Nik collection – it was it could do it on on Raw but my version of my collection works only on TIFF so it converts all the photos into teeth now they are here and I can see that my Nik collection tool is already getting is already opened activated now since I was shot with a manual lens it was some young 14 millimetres wide ultra wide-angle lens the photo doesn't really recognize the bracketing that I that I've used I used two two stops for each bracketing so I have to determine it manually once I better mind my bracketing I can I don't need to to use the ghost reduction usually you use it when you have trees with leaves moving in the in the wind and I can just create an HDR now it's creating the HDR when the HDR is ready on the left hand there are filters that I can use in order to to give different looks to my to my photo but I'm not going to use those filters I will go back to the excel photo lab and I will finish my editing in the excel photo lab this is the HDR photo you can see the filters okay now we are on the default there is balanced deep all kind of filters that you can see black and white looks nice you know he may use it later let's go back to the default and save the photo to go back to a 2d excel photo lab now this version of Nik collection tool saves the photo not in the same folder but it saves it in the document photo which is now in Hebrew and our last photo last edited photo is this one I will take it to my folder okay it's 96 Tremec HDR pay attention I pasted the photo into my folder and since the Excel photo lab doesn't use any catalog I don't have to import anything it's already in my in my folder this photo it's all already accessible which is hmm I have to find it it's this one HDR to teef let me just check it to be sure yeah it's HDR too okay so let's go to our photo this is our merge photo of HDR now let's do some Corrections first of all let's correct the distortion again because it's a manual manual lens I have to do it manually otherwise for other lenses I have the optic module and it could be handled automatically so I'm selecting selecting the fisheye and I want to have this horizon to be straight line in order to be sure that it's a straight line let's overlay the de grid and I will change the distortion correction to check that it's level I can see it here that it's quite straight if I want to level the photo and now I want to level the origin which it seems to be quite level but let's check it I put this line it or assign it it it's leveled okay now let's remove the grid ctrl G and let's use our clearview+ which I like it let's add some I will reduce the effect of this one and let's add some micro contrast okay did you see the effect on the water again I will switch it off switch it on you can see the effect on the water and on the on the rock right now I have some shadows here on the left hand so in order to remove this shadow I will use the local adjustment it's on the top menu right click on the on the mouse and selecting new mask selecting the control point I will select this control power point as you know the circle it just it doesn't select the mask it is limiting the mask the mask is all these areas with with the same tone with same color with the same texture as this point and if we would like to see the mask control it just M pressing the M right we can see the mask itself aim again and the mask is and we can see the photo and now I will increase the shadows and ding-ding-ding-ding let's increase a little bit the exposure to I think it's enough and let's finish this local adjustment I would like to increase the micro contrast here on this rock so I will select in local adjustment this area let's see the the masking M yeah this is the area that I would like and first of all I will make it a little bit dark darker this is the micro contrast slider I will increase it and maybe we can try this a clearview+ I don't see any anything special and I will read reduce the highlights it looks better to for me we can have some other a local adjustment on the water here so we will select new new masking and I will remain on these control points now let's see our selection M you can see let's select let's increase now the selection you see how good is these control points I already selected this water as we can see in the control point the equalizer it's divided into three groups the first one is related to lighting and exposure the second one related to vibrance saturation and white balance and the third group is related to shaft sharpness so let's go into vibrance and saturation and increase the saturation of the water and I will increase the saturation to more and let's increase let's see how would they the exposure effect it's too much let's reduce it to see how I like this one you may like some other values but it's okay it's okay for me now I have a problem I have a problem that this rock is not stick doesn't stand out from the background but before I'm going to use it let's use some graduated filter for the sky I will select the graduated filter and reduce it less now in graduated filter from the top of the photo up to this point they they feel the intensity of the corrections is 100% and from this point up to this point up to this line the it goes graduate Lee it goes from 100% to zero so I will reduce the exposure I will increase the Clearview contrast and the contrast itself and I will have another mask like this and I will reduce a little bit the sky and another one and reduce more okay let's see how how was the sky how was the photo before the correction control D gives us the source photo and this is the edited let's see how can we manage with the rock in order to select the rock I can use either control points or some other tools I will use the automatic brush tool out of masking now you can see I will change the size of the mask of the brush now you can see the main core of this brush is a more solid color and which means that wherever the solid coral color goes it means that I want this selection and in the less solid color brush it means that this is the area of the border of the outline of my structure so I'm going to select it like this all I have to do is not is to keep the solid color inside my my a object and now when I will select let's see let's do it very intensity okay you can see that here I have some a selection that I want to delete in order to do it I will right click I will select the eraser and now I can erase I can change the size of the eraser and I can erase this area from my selection okay now you can see there there are some other selections but let's leave them now let's I want to distinguish they the rock from the from the background I will reduce the exposure reduce the shadows reduce the mittens will giving better better a look okay so we have started with this photo control D and now we are in this one and let's reduce the exposure okay I like this photo and that's it thank you for your for joining me and see you in the next episode

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