I am just getting into photography and HDR photography. I downloaded the trial of Photomatrix to test out some photos of pictures I took in Washington DC. For better or worse I decided to take RAW images opposed to bracketed images. When I load the RAW image in Photomatrix and play around with the settings I get a preview image I think looks awesome. However when I process the images I get totally different result. I know they say the image is a preview but this seems very different to me. I have tried with 4 or 5 different setting and I am getting the same problem every time.
Here are some links:
- Preview image in Photomatrix taken with screen capture
- Final tonemapped image
- The raw image I am using
- My HDR / tonemapping settings
In particular look at the difference between the crispness of the flags, the details of the stones in the monument and the detail of the grass in the foreground. Is there anything I can do to get my images to look more like the preview image?
Also FWIW I am trying to do a panoramic image and this is the first image, I am going to do HDR first and then stitch them together.
Thanks for the help.