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Nik® Software HDR Efex Pro™ After the Shoot by Stan Sholik

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Opening Images in HDR Efex Pro

Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, and Apple Aperture are host applications that support HDR Efex Pro by preparing images for HDR processing. These host programs are needed because HDR Efex Pro does not have its own RAW processing engine. Your choice of host application has a significant effect on your workflow because each program takes a slightly different approach to preparing the image files. Other programs that process RAW files, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements and Corel PaintShop Photo Pro, are not available as host applications because they do not support 32-bit processing.

This chapter discusses the basic image requirements needed to open images in HDR Efex Pro, and then addresses the steps to get the most out of each host program.

Image Input Requirements

Digital captures needed to create an HDR image have specific requirements. Your choice of camera and camera settings is important, as is image capture technique. A thorough understanding of your camera's controls and the software you use to move the image series to HDR Efex Pro is essential.

Basic image requirements

To get the highest-quality HDR image, it's necessary to have the highest-quality source images. A large number of factors affect the quality of the source images, ranging from the camera and camera settings to the techniques employed while capturing the source ...

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