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I am shooting several huge wall murals that consist of a number of rectangular ceramic tiles. Actually, I am shooting them one tile at a time, because the tiles are pretty complicated: reflective gold and silver and glossy surfaces. As a side note, the customer requires gold and silver to look like gold and silver, but there must be absolutely no direct reflection from glossy surfaces. Anyway, I shoot these murals one at a time and here's what I get:
Naturally, the tiles are lit somewhat irregularly. There is zero chance I can get them lit uniformly. So all I can hope for is post-processing. Doing it by hand (curves adjustments over gradient masks) works to a certain extent, but I feel there should be some better solution. By the way, the "auto-blend layers" in photoshop CS3 fails miserably at this task.
Anyway, has anybody had any experience with third-party plugins that could make these tiles fit better together exposure-wise? Perhaps PTGui in some weird mode?