Fuji X-Trans – Do you need to do HDR?

(Fuji X-T1 – 10-24mm)

OK so I’ll start by saying that there are some instances where you have to make an HDR image, but I have been experimenting with HDR verses normal highlight/shadow processing with Lightroom’s HDR feature.
The results have left me a bit surprised (and pleased) with just how much detail is available in a Fuji X-Trans RAW file.
In the example below I took three images image of straw bales back-lit against the dusk sky. Each image was a stop apart, enough to capture the sky with no clipping and well lit foreground.
For one image I combined the three RAW images using Lightroom’s HDR function.
For the other image I took the RAW image which had no sky clipping (just happened to be the darkest images) and processed it using a combination of exposure control, shadow recovery, and graduated filter.

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 15.22.39Here are some crops of both images.
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To my eyes there is hardly any difference in sharpness or noise. You certainly have to look very very closely to see any.

I shall use HDR for when it’s absolutely necessary, but for most high contrast landscapes when I might have considered HDR, I’ll just be using the one image file in future.


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1 Response to Fuji X-Trans – Do you need to do HDR?

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