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Is there any opensource command-line batch tool that more or less automatically creates basic HDR images? I got only a single .CR2 shot of each position.

I already tried:

  • ufraw and realized it's dead since 2017. Installation on recent ubuntu isn't trivial.
  • imagemagick relies on ufraw and thus simply fails.
  • nconvert from xnsoft - I cannot find a guide on how to do HDR.
  • HDR with darktable is way beyond my skills and far too much work for every single pic.
  • hugin seems to be rather panorama oriented

Should I put more effort into one of the above or should I try something else?

thanks

  • Hi! I would try to get more familiar with darktable. Once you use its HDR function, you will become faster. – Jonas Jul 27 at 10:12
  • @Jonas I tried darktable again, but I simply don't get it. I will update the question to make it more clear what I want. – JPT Jul 28 at 8:03
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I found myself a solution I can work with:

I tried Luminance HDR and this is the program I used before. It offers a few presets to choose from and doesn't require too much knowledge.

  • import the raw image(s). The result is shown in faded colors because it's a HDR image now that cannot be displayed on a LCD.
  • select a preset on the right. Let's say Ashikhim (2, 0.5). Use the preview to find out what you like.
  • Use save as not quick export to create the tonemapped finale LDR image.

Let's see if we can automate this process.

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  • on importing keep an eye on the profile as it will massivly effect the resulting LDR – JPT Jul 28 at 8:20

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