Dynamic Range Increase - DRI Pro v1.1

DRI Pro Plugin v1.1
PC and Mac

 

If you've ever photographed the inside of a church you know how frustrating it can be to capture the nuances of bright, stained glass windows and dark interior details all in the same shot. In short, it usually can't be done unless you show up with a lighting crew. Until now.

Introducing the DRI Pro 16-bit* Plugin.
Increasing dynamic range naturally.

* 16-bit support only available for Photoshop CS or higher

The DRI Pro Plugin is the result of many months of development. This professional tool offers an easy and efficient solution to increase dynamic range by blending two images shot at different exposures. One exposed for shadow detail and the other for the highlights. Result: You end up with the best of both. DRI Pro works with all digital camera files or scanned film.

 

Below is a look at the Elements 1, 2 or 3 DRI Pro Plugin interface:
(Note DRI Radius Tweak is not available for Elements)

 

Note: PC version illustrations will be shown throughout this manual. Identical features are available for Mac users.

 

DRI Pro Plugin interface:

Loading the DRI Pro Plugin. Go to Menu / Automate / DRI Pro

 

The DRI Pro Plugin window will pop-up:

  • Under "Underexposed image", Click on the Browse button to locate your underexposed image (The one you exposed for the highlights).
  • Under "Overexposed image", Click on the Browse button to locate your overexposed image (The one you exposed for shadow detail).

Once you have your files loaded, click on the "OK" button.

 

DRI Radius Tweak option: (Note DRI Radius Tweak is not available for Elements)

The Radius Tweak option allows you to control the blending radius between the underexposed and overexposed images. Contrary to the DRI automated option, the DRI Radius Tweak gives you more control over the blending results. I recommend that you experiment with this to find the best settings for your type of work. (Studio, Architecture, Landscape, etc...)

The DRI Pro Plugin will start the blending process. DRI Pro works with 16-bit files when using Photoshop CS. If using Photoshop 6, 7 or Elements, please convert your image to 8-bit before loading them to the plugin.

More information and DRI usage tips are available at the DRI Pro User Manual (Included with the plugin).

 

Sample 1: DRI Radius Tweak - Blending Radius: 0 (zero)

Underexposed image: exposed for the highlights

Overexposed image: Exposed for shadow detail

After DRI Pro Radius Tweak: The merged image has an extended dynamic range with excellent detail in both shadow and highlight areas, impossible to achieve with a single exposure.

 

 

 

Sample 2: DRI Automated

Underexposed image: exposed for the highlights

Overexposed image: Exposed for shadow detail

After DRI Pro: The merged image has an extended dynamic range with excellent detail in both shadow and highlight areas, impossible to achieve with a single exposure.

 

 

To purchase the DRI Pro v1.1 PC version click here

To purchase the DRI Pro v1.1 MAC version click here