HDR Programs

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  1. Nikklaus

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    I was pointed in the direction of Photomatix today, and I tried it out, but I was wondering if there are any other programs that can produce HDR images, as Photomatix watermarks images unless you buy it for $99. I thought the result was quite nice but maybe there are free programs that do the same thing?

    Thanks very much
     
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    I've been using a free programme called http://qtpfsgui.sourceforge.net/]qtpfsgui[/url] which seems pretty good, though I'm new to HDR so not sure how it compares to other programmes!
     
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    I tried the qtpfsgui. Everything looked great at 900x600, but then when trying to go to full size, everything went wonky. I decided to plunk down the $100 on Photomatix and don't regret it a bit.
    Dug

    edit: I was just at www.hdrlabs.com that has some rating/reviews of different programs and they host Picturnaut(IIRC). Whoever runs the site is coming out with a HDRI Book.
     
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    Thanks for the links. I am also looking for free HDR programs.
     
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    My copy of PS CS2 has an HDR merge automation that comes with it that I like over the Photomatix.
     
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    If nikklaus complains about $100 for photomatrix how do you think he'll react to the $900 photoshop :p
     
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    I haven't come across any free programs yet, but when you are ready to plunk down the hard earned $100 on one of the best HDR programs out there here is a tutorial I created on using Photomatix to generate HDRI's:High Dynamic Range Images

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    He may have it already but not wanting to throw out another $100 like me...:er:
     
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    Wow.. the landscape is stunning:hail:
     
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    i use the hdr in cs3... is that better/worse then photomatix?
     
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    I prefer Photomatix to CS2. I haven't used it in CS3 yet. It seems photoshop uses the tone compression from Photomatix while Photomatix gives you the option of tone compression or detail enhancer. There is a free program the worked pretty well called Picturenaut. I got it at hdrlabs.com. But I tested it after getting photomatix. Picturenaut wasn't good enought to forget the $100 I spent.
    Dug
     

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