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Ralph Hardwick 16th January 2013 08:31 PM

I have recently become very interested in HDR images and, although some are overdone, I quite like the overall effects that can be achieved from just enhancing DR to changing the entire feel of the picture.

I downloaded the free trail of Photomatix and didn't realise that you can actually get some quite interesting results with single images as well as bracketed photos.

Here is a non-tweaked image, taken with my E-520 and kit lens, of the main square in Avignon:


and here is that same image 'tone mapped' with Photographix:


This was after just 10 minutes of playing around.

Now you may not like the finished article but I feel that it works quite well. Even if you don't like the extremes to which I've taken it I can definitely recommend downloading the free trial and having a play as you can achieve some stunning results. Even on images you haven't originally bracketed.

The trial doesn't run out but does leave a watermark in the end image. The full 'pro' package is $99 or the basic package is $39.

Download here: http://www.hdrsoft.com/download.html

I shall definitely 'play' some more and, probably, buy the full package.

I thought I would share it here for you information and thoughts.

Ulfric M Douglas 16th January 2013 08:53 PM

Re: Photomatix
Yeah it has more scope for dramatic tonemapping if you feed it a single RAW file rather than a single Jpeg (your example was which?), but the options cover a lot of possibilities.

Ralph Hardwick 16th January 2013 09:06 PM

Re: Photomatix
Ulfric this was a .jpg file as I was in general 'happy snappy' mood rather than trying to capture any meaningful images at the time.

Ulfric M Douglas 16th January 2013 11:16 PM

Re: Photomatix
I think that's a great result from 'just' a Jpeg.
You MUST try Olympus' ISO-bracket function (+-1EV, the max) and then feed the three resulting frames into photomatix ...
My e-P1, e-P2 and e-pL1 are all set to constantly ISO-bracket.
I end up with three frames for every exposure but as a consequence I rarely have under or over exposed stuff, and can combine two or three to get an overall better result without loading up the relatively 'clunky' RAW processors.

FastStone is my Jpeg browser, without it I wouldn't primarily use Jpegs anyway.

Garrie 16th January 2013 11:22 PM

Re: Photomatix
That is a good result even if you've been using it for years! Glad there are no halos!

I loved photomatix :D

xp1 17th January 2013 08:15 AM

Re: Photomatix
I have been using Photomatix for around two years now. You can also get the same results in Photoshop. This image looks really good with no halos. Try using similar settings on a portrait, it should look pretty good. Nice work.

Ralph Hardwick 17th January 2013 12:28 PM

Re: Photomatix
Thanks for you comments guys.

I shall definitely try a few more and I shall be 'bracketing' a lot more when the situation calls for it. I use my camera, mainly, when we are on extended touring holidays/expeditions and I regularly return from trips with 2-3000 images. I don't think I could carry enough memory cards to bracket that lot!:)

I have just 'converted' to a Pentax K5 with comes with the option of 5 shot bracketing so I'm really looking forward to trying that.

David M 17th January 2013 03:15 PM

Re: Photomatix
I've been using Photomatix for about 5 years but only for subtle HDRs. I really should get around to checking out some of its other abilities.

NSS 17th January 2013 05:57 PM

Re: Photomatix
I love HDR when it is not overdone.
I like your rendition.

I to discovered it when I wanted to modify a single JPG image.

Now I go out of my way to take a few bracketed shots whenever I can.

Some of my efforts can be found here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinfa...th/5767151099/

Well worth the $99.00

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