Photoshop is a Photo editor,. and in real life, sometimes the perfect image is over, or under exposed,. The “Exposure” function in PS allows you to adjust that,. or,.. if you intentionallly want to create over or under exposed images you can obviously do that too.
Yes, Andy, I think we all know what exposure is. But that’s not the point.
The OP was talking about getting that “HDR look” in his Carrara renders, correct? He wanted to us a “HDR maker” software to convert three images (normal, over, under) into an HDR image, correct?
So I suggested that IF he wanted to use that software, he could do a normal render in Carrara, where the final render is perfectly exposed, then run that perfectly exposed image thru PS, use the Exposure adjustment, and develop the over and under exposed versions. Once that was done he could run those thru the HDR software.
Why everyone is talking about a “normal” image that is poorly exposed is beyond my comprehension. If you’re getting that normal image from a Carrara render why would it be anything less than perfect?
Yes, you can use an ND filter to get the under exposed version, but how about the over exposed version? Like I said, just adjust the lights in the scene over and under and you’re done. The time we’ve spent discussing this you could have done this to 12 different scenes and have your results. Unless this is just an exercise in coming up with the most optimum and effective methodology for something you’ll use twice in your lifetime….