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My advice is:
For best, convert to tiff first, with dpp, then use Photomatix. Use 16 bit. This is recommended by Photomatix.
My experience with jpg is that they work but raw or tiff's are way better.
2nd best is to use Photomatix on raws - generally it does a good job and its hard to see a difference.
If on tripod, with remote shutter, turn off the align.
If off tripod, turn on the align.
My normal workflow is to:
shoot 2 over, 2 under, with first at pretty good exposure (not much room to right, not much blinkies)
then if the over and under are too much or too little adjust over under to more or less from 2 stops. But always shoot 3 otherwise you will have lots of work.
then when I process:
- I have a mac
- I put them in a file based on images 3 wide
- I make sure that its 3 of same by dragging non 3's into seperate file (eg labeled singles)
- I run phootmatix batch with enhancer, no align, saturation turned down a bit from default, on folder (it creates a subfolder with hdr'd converted to tiff's)
- Typically when done, I choose the best ones, after importing to aperture
- And move triangles in on both sides in photoshop to get exposure right on the hdr'd tiff in photoshop as editer of aperture. Sometimes I will use auto/color, fade color to recover the color.
- I will then blend about 60/40 single best image with the hdr using move/shift/drag on top and reducing opacity in photoshop. To make the image look natural, with detail in the shadows.
- If its a really nice image, I will do some manual blending between single image and hdr image.
- Not saying its most efficient but it works for me.
- As mentioned by Monito, sharpen last after flattening images.
Generally if you expose well, 3 bracketed shots are adquate. Using more than 3 is more work and longer. But if you bracket more than 3, stick to the number, otherwise it will be a pain doing it in batch, where you must choose the number that is bracketed.
Generally once you find your work flow stick to it. Because when you process lots of files, its hard to sort them for batch work.