|7 shot HDR blend processed in Photomatix Pro|
Some shots seem to work OK, but are they really better? In cases where there's many reflective surfaces the use of flash is quite challenging, but in "normal" rooms I can't help feeling that HDR techniques produce a less than realistic impression of the scene. It tends to have a more "artistic" or painted look about it, which in some cases is entirely appropriate.
|Tone mapped interior shot to balance window light and interior light.|
|HDR blend to emphasise the warm tones in the timber interior of this Lockwood home.|
|Single frame HDR image to illustrate the "grittiness" or "dirtiness" achievable with HDR techniques.|
|Single Frame HDR image the accentuates the textures in the concrete. "Dirty" perhaps?|
|Single shot image using a single studio light and ball diffuser.|
OK, so perhaps I've been a little enthusiastic with the HDR processing, but I think you can see the "dirtiness" in the second image. The first image has no hint of this grubbiness on the walls, whereas the second seems to accentuate it.
As I said at the start, I'm still contemplating the relative benefits of using lights and HDR for property shots. As such, comments, hints and tips are, as usual, most welcome.