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…..back in the original post (it shows the percentage that voted for each). It doesn’t matter which one you voted for, because since this is art it’s all personal opinion and there is no wrong answer. What I did want to do is tell you how each one was processed as a post-processing learning exercise:

#1) If you chose the first image (shown above) it was created using 5-bracketed images and then all 5 were compiled into a single HDR image using Photoshop CS5’s built-in HDR Pro feature. After it was compiled (using the “Scott 5” setting from my Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers), I applied the Glamor Glow filter from Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 3 (using the default settings) to a duplicate of the background layer, then I lowered the Opacity of that layer to 50%. I probably should have gone down to 30%.

#2) If you chose this one, it’s actually not an HDR image at all. It’s a single image—I took just one of the 5 bracketed images, and then I ran the Tonal Contrast preset of Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 3.0 plug-in for Photoshop with the amount set to 50% (the default is just 30%). Then I ran the Glamor glow filter as well, at 50%.

#3) If you chose this third image, this too was created using 5-bracketed images and then all 5 were compiled into a single HDR image using Photomatix Pro. I took these shots with my 28-300mm f/3.5 to f/5.6 lens, and I was out at the 28mm wide end, so the doors bowed out a little bit in each of the three photos, so when I was done with each, I use Photoshop CS5’s built-in Lens Correction filter to straighten them out a bit.

Anyway, the reason I was showing you these is so you could see how each of the HDR, or “HDR-like” treatments compare, and how close to the HDR look you can get with a single image and a few filters (as seen in image #2).

Well, I’m off to Toronto for my sold out “Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It” seminar tomorrow. If you read the blog, I hope you’ll come up and say hi. Have a great Tuesday everybody. :)

If you use Photoshop CS4, could I bother you to take a moment and let me (and us at NAPP) know a little more about how you use Photoshop CS4, by taking this 15-second survey? Many thanks—-Scott.

I’m kicking off a series of surveys on which tools and features you use in Photoshop CS4, and your responses will help me (and all of NAPP) to focus our CS4 education efforts on the tools and features you use most. On the flip side of this is, if there are features that many users don’t realize are in CS4, then we can help uncover those for new CS4 users.

The survey is below, and if you have CS4, I invite you to take part (if you don’t use CS4, please do me a favor and skip the survey). I’m making the results visible during the life of the survey, so you’ll be able to see for yourself which tools and features are making the most impact with users. If all goes well, we’ll have a new survey each week for the next few months. Many thanks—-Scott