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Best method for combining raw files

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Hey Fred,

 

You can optionally pre-process raw files and save them as JPEGs or TIFFs. This gives you two advantages: 1) Faster processing of images since Photo doesn't have to decode each raw before merging/stacking. 2) External handling of raw processing if you prefer the results that other software offers (for example, Photo doesn't have camera picture profile support at the moment; emulations of in-camera profiles like Vivid, Portrait, Natural, etc).

 

You don't have to pre-process though. Just start a new HDR merge and add your raw files. Noise reduction is already checked, which will denoise the merged result. You may want to experiment with the strength though, as I've found the default value of 40 can be a little aggressive. 10-20 seems to work better for most low ISO HDR work.

 

Hope that helps!

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