Since he is stull using DT 3.01 I asked him for some details out of curiosity… his reply…
Tripod is a must and some sharp glass. I’m using the most budget Olympus gear there is lol but the 12-42 R lens is pretty sharp even when compered to the Olympus Pro lenses BUT it has really ugly rendering of lights sources vs the Panasonic 8-18mm and Olympus 12-100mm I had.
The process is pretty easy but I’m on 3.0.1 Linux so an older version. These are my steps, I lived them in my last photo post I think. Repost from the last post
I took 5 2ev shots and I use wide area/matrix metering.
Then merge the 5 images. Now mind you I’m using 3.0.1 on Linux Mint.
Set the exposure usually 2-3 stops Olympus seems to need quite a bit my Nikon D5100 didn’t need anywhere as much exposure.
- contrast compression down to 2 or 3
-special extent 6% or so
- leave detail at default or up to 140%
Shadows and Highlights
- stock settings but just watch for halos
- stock settings to get more red/blue in the sky
- luma up the center abit just play around with it
- Saturation edit by area crank up the red/yellow and sometime blue side to my liking
Then play around with Zone System and Tone Equalizer to bring exposure to some areas that might need it.
Sometimes I get some weird stuff happening on the screen with the image zoomed out especially with street lights. When exporting I use High Quality Resampling and seems to remove those oddities in the exported jpg.
I just tested out Hugin with merging the 5 shots and edited the EXR file and looked decent but there were some weird halos/ghosting in mountain outlines. Hugin does align the images bit Dt doesn’t. There not much you can do with wind like foliage or other moving things.