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Dark Art

No, I didn't use your group of images. I tried this on some of mine using the "The strategy is to add points to the curve so that the shape of the curve surrounds an area inside the densest part of the histogram" I readily admit that my histograms were much more even than yours in both darks and lights. I took that statement in quotes to apply to any HDR Pro photo as long as the curve is adjusted to the histogram. Guess I was mistaken. Thanks for the response.

Response Curve

I tried many shapes for the curve, trying to imitate the curve in the article and experimenting. they all look terrible. I have no idea what I'm doing wrong. Any other suggestions?
Thanks for the article.

The dark art of HDR

Were you working with the same group of images I was?

I ask because HDR is---and I mean this in the kindest of possible terms---a dark art. I once saw an Adobe PM present the technology in the context of Harry Potter, because the last several films have made generous use of HDR. But what he failed to mention is that HDR is less the realm of Ron Weasley or Hermione Granger, and more that of Tom Riddle (aka Voldemort).

No two approaches will work the same with two collections of images. My group of images responds well to the response curve I showed in the video. But others may (and most likely will) not.

Again, vast power. But where Photoshop is concerned, dark power. Which makes it all the more interesting, IMHO. Perhaps I should devote more energy to this dimly lit vestibule of our beloved image editor.