After spending many hours test driving FDRTools 2.3.0 I'd like to make the following suggestions. I appologize in advance if I missed the point, am not clear, or if my suggestion is simply bone-headed.
1) Need significant help seeing minor alignment differences between images. Consider applying edge or difference filters (?) to enhanse small alignment differences.
Yes. A difference blending mode is really lacking.
2) Enable greater than 100% loop view to better see small differences.
This function is there, albeit not obvious. You can use the '+'/'-' keys to zoom in/out in the Preview window.
3) I encourage you to add a rotation alignment feature to your current translation feature. This is equivalent to having a two stick-pin feature. Consider adding a 4 stick-pin feature and have the translation/rotation alignment feature the default option (not critical, but good to have)
Please note that the Tripod alignment method is for photos that were taken with a tripod. Imho correction for translational movement is sufficient for tripod photos. Do you agree? Or do you think that rotation correction is necessary for tripod images? If so please explain, maybe you have an example?
If you are talking about a method that reliably aligns photos taken "hand-held" you are of course right. Unfortunately FDRTools currently has no reliable algorithm to do this. However, if I decide to start implementing an algorithm for hand-held alignment I won't "do things by halves". What I mean is that the rotational correction you are talking about is by no means sufficient to do the job. It might help a bit in certain situations but that is not what I want and probably not what you want. The main problem is that implementing an algorithm is a very
time consuming issue. I won't start with it unless I'm convinced it solves the problem. I can not afford to waste time with mediocre stuff. And on top of that: currently I have no time anyway as I'm busy with solving remaining problems with the Compressor tone mapper.
1) Make the Average/Separation/Creative/xDOF user options master sticky settings in Preferences.
I'm sorry but I don't understand what you mean here.
Tone Mapping/Post Processing
1) Ability to save and load tone mapping settings *during* tone mapping. Note: The current system requires too many clicks and mouse moves to exit the project, save as a template, select the closed projects to apply the template to, and then open the project.
Well, it depends. The question is how often you want to use preset values.
Currenty I rarely use preset values for tone mapping mainly because a certain result with one scene is not really reproducible with an other image. I do use it - via projects - to automatically process a selection of scenes before I release a new FDRTools version. So I use it for testing purpose only.
My intention is to reach the reproducability goal but I'm not there yet. I can imagine that it would make sense to have preset values to achieve a certain "look". I will probably do this if the number of Compressor parameters further increases - which will probably happen - and
the "look" is more or less reproducible with different kind of imagery. I think that currently adjusting the few parameters is straightforward and does not really require a special preset value feature.
However, I don't know your use case for preset values so I'm not sure if I'm currently ignoring some facts.
2) Show pixels with b/w point clipping (red/blue blinking or continious).
3) Show percent b/w point clipping (not critical, but good to know).
Yes. Good suggestions, but not realizable unless the tone mapping preview is really reliable. A reliable and fast preview for the Compressor tone mapper is what I'm currently working on. Once that works there will be a clipping preview too.
4) Option to show log scale histogram to better see and evaluate the histogram tails.
What do you mean here?
5) Create a system to save at least one previous screen resolution tone mapped image and the corresponding settings and have the ability to blink between the saved and current image to better see the full effects of tweaking settings. Note: side-by-side comparison is not a good substitue for "overlay" blinking.
Yes. I intend to implement a history mechanism with the ability to create "snapshots" and to switch between the snapshots.
6) I understand your reluctance to recreate a full post processing image editor, but please consider adding the following features to your post processing tools:
> color temperature to adjust white balance
To be honest I don't understand what this shall be good for:
1. Correcting white balance is best done during RAW conversion/development, hence before
HDR creation and tone mapping.
2. Tone mapping should not
change white balance.
Why would you want to change color temperature during the tone mapping phase?
> saturation highlights and shadows in addition to master saturation (not critical, but good to have)
Yes, enriching color handling is a reasonable thing. I haven't thought much about it so far but once the time is ripe I will do something.
> fill light (not critical, but good to have)
Well, Compressor tone mapper does "fill light" to the dark corners of your scene. However, Compressor can do more. What else do you think of when you talk about "fill light"?