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Producing Realistic Images with High Dynamic Range (Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4)

Step Seven:
You can adjust the Coarse contrast setting from -100 to 100. But for the composite image in this tutorial, a value of 40 was applied. The coarse contrast value determines the overall contrast setting. Details, on the other hand, allows you to make individual Highlight, Midtone, or Shadow adjustments to bring out finer details in the light, midtone, or dark areas in the image.

Step Eight:
Click the Post-processing tab to make Tone mapping adjustments to the Shadow, Midtone, and Highlight settings. The composite image in this tutorial used a tone mapping of –2 for Highlight, -26 for Midtone, and 22 for Shadow.

Step Nine:
Click OK to close the High Dynamic Range dialog box. A new document will be created containing the composite image. If necessary, you can apply the other tonal correction tools like Tone Map, Color Balance or Brightness/ Contrast on the image. Select File: Save As to save.

This is the result after applying High Dynamic Range on the underexposed sample photo.

(Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4)

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