Reader Feature HDR Image of the Week – Kenn Stamp

This weeks Reader Feature HDR Image of the Week  comes from Kenn Stamp.

Kenn saw the Shooting Architectural Interiors post and knew some of the information would come in handy for an upcoming shoot he had.

Here is a result of the shoot and I would say it came out perfect












Here is the Shoot info that Kenn provided

Specs: (from what I remember)

Flowchart of editing:
Photomatix Pro (32 bit, then optimized for interior, then another optimized for exterior, then a 3rd optimized for contrast (B&W))
Photoshop (CS2) combined all layers and masked out areas.
Nik Color Efex plugin for whitening the whites
More masking in CS2
Nik DFine to remove stubborn noise
Lightroom 3 for lens distortion correction and overall fine tuning/re-sizing/exporting
Bed to pass out from exhaustion
Haha, I know what you mean Kenn, sometimes we spend way too much time in front of the computer and this was not the only shot you had to edit.
Like I said I think this is an excellent example. Full detail, Full range of shadow to highlight. Good exposure even into the niche’. I like that you didn’t turn on any light in the adjoining room as that would have been a distraction. And look at that view out the window. Can you image what that would have looked like without HDR?  If you look close Kenn also did an interesting thing. He did a combination of HDR and Blending. Making 3 HDR images optimised ofr different areas and then brought them into Photoshop – Stacked and then masked the areas he want for the best image.
Thanks for the image Kenn!

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  1. Miguel Palaviccini November 14, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Wow, never thought of doing separate HDR’s and then merging different parts of them together in Photoshop. Great idea. I’m curious as to how you incorporated the BW (I assume that you used it and changed the blend mode to Luminosity?).

  2. ken November 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Separate merging of interior and exterior hdr’s was brilliant… Thanks for sharing that awesome tip Kenn and Peter..

  3. Kenn Stamp November 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    Miguel – The B&W layer was used to bring back that bit of shadow and “depth” that a HDR photo can sometimes lack. I layered it on top and set the layer mode to “Soft Light” (although “Overlay” can sometimes work better). I then reduced the opacity of the layer down to around 30% for this particular picture.

    I learned a lot about HDR in general and indoor HDR in particular on this shoot. Peter was a huge help with a few pointers he offered (both in the article and via email) and with his vote of confidence after looking at a “test” shot I threw together.

    Many thanks Peter!

    • Peter November 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      Thank you Kenn, I think people really enjoyed seeing your image and also learing about your process.
      Miguel for more about using a B & W layer ( not that this is where Kenn got the idea but in this post), It was also used.

  4. Ann November 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Great job, Kenn! The picture is great and I really appreciate you sharing the information and Peter’s comments, too.