Monday, June 18, 2012

Photomatix Pro the Photographers Choice for HDR

Cholla Garden Sunrise
© Greg Clure Photography

Have you ever photographed a high contrast scene? If so, you know that even the best exposure gives you blown out highlights, or flat shadows, or both. The solution is High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing:
  • Take multiple photographs at varying exposure levels
  • Merge the photos into an HDR image
  • Adjust the settings to get the look you want: from natural-looking with Exposure Fusion to painterly or surreal with Tone Mapping
Photomatix Pro and Photomatix Essentials are stand-alone programs running on Windows and Mac OS X. One license for Photomatix Essentials costs US$39 and one license for Photomatix Pro US$99. Use my coupon code, GregClure, at checkout at and recieve a 15% discount on your purchase. Photomatix Essentials is particularly easy to use and intended for photographers new to HDR. Photomatix Pro includes advanced features such as batch processing and selective deghosting, as well as a Lightroom Plug-in. Some of the features of Photomatix are also available as an Edit Plug-in of Aperture and a Filter Plug-in of Photoshop CS2 or higher. A free Lightroom Plug-in makes it possible to access Photomatix Pro directly from Lightroom, if desired.
HDRsoft offers a free trail version of Photomatix Pro to try it before you buy it, if desired. When used in trial mode, Photomatix Pro is fully functional and never expires, but adds a watermark to images produced. Give it a try!
Click here to see some examples.

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