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Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers by Lee Varis

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Tone Mapping HDR images

Returning to the Local Adaptation mode, there are a number of presets available from the Preset menu at the top of the dialog—these range from basic settings like Photorealistic (Figure 5.7) to the more severe Surrealistic (Figure 5.8) and the downright bizarre Surrealistic Low Contrast (Figure 5.9). These presets are really just places to start experimenting because each scene will be affected in different ways by the various slider controls. The basic approach would be to pick something that looks close to what you’re going for and start from there.

Figure 5.7. The Photorealistic preset, showing the drop-down menu for the other presets.
Figure 5.8. The Surrealistic preset is a starting place ...

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