Flambient VS HDR

A comparison of the flambient blending method (a blend of an ambient image, a flashed image and a window pull if needed) VS 9 shot, 1 stop apart HDR images.

HDR’s processed in Lightroom Classic & Photoshop. Flambient images blended in Photoshop with Lightroom Classic adjustments added.

My 2 cents after viewing these side by side, the flambient images are “cleaner”, less color cast and more evenly lit.

Gear used for the flambient images: Sony A7IV, Sony 14mm lens, Benro tripod, Really Right Stuff ballhead, Westcott FJ 400 strobe with a MagMod XL diffuser, Westcott light stand, 2 Westcott FJ 200 strobes each on a light stand each with a dome diffuser, FJ 80 speedlight, Westcott remote flash controller, camera remote control along with all the time invested in setting all of this up, moving it for each shot and tearing it back down again.

Gear used for the HDR images: Sony A7IV, Sony 14mm lens, Benro tripod, Really Right Stuff ballhead.

And after all of that is said I still like the flambient images over the HDR though Lightroom’s HDR blending is certainly leaps and bounds ahead of where it was in the not too distant past.

In the hard to believe department, much more time went into the HDR images, waiting for Lightroom to blend & create the HDR images which still need editing from there. I have several “Actions” setup in Photoshop for the flambient images that really speed the process up, somewhere around a 1/3rd faster for each image using the flambient method.

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