Photomatix

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  1. qmr55

    qmr55 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I just purchased photomatix for the first time, wow what a program! Its crazy how much you can do with it in regards to HDR processing. Great first step before taking it into photoshop or lightroom for final editing.

    If anyone out there likes messing with HDR photography, but might not be great at editing....check it out!


     
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    Braineack Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    get out of the hole.
     
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    qmr55 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You're going to have to elaborate on that one, chief.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Qmr55, glad you found a program you like! Have fun and I look forward to your shots!
    Some people on the Forum are WAY ahead of the rest of us and aren't always diplomatic about it....but they can give great advice at times.
    Do not discount them because of their post here.
    It's just that some people HATE when HDR is over done and looks cartoon-y...
     
  6. qmr55

    qmr55 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks, I know how some people are.

    Hey brainelack, if you want to leave tools that can be useful out of your toolbox, suit yourself. But I like to keep my options open.
     
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    The Barbarian No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It's like anything else we can use to make images we want. You can overdo it, and make it look awful. A few people are good enough to overdo it and make it look good anyway.

    I just mostly use it to make it look as I saw it at the time.

    The zone system went through the same sort of criticism. "I can't do that, so it can't be any good."
     
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    OldManJim No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm totally new to HDR. I just figured out how to make my D7100 take HDR images, and am looking forward to taking the first ones. This software package looks interesting - thanks for posting.

    I'm not interested in becoming an "expert" in software manipulation -so this program looks like it might be very useful to me. I'm sure I'll screw up a bunch of images but hopefully that process will help me learn how to make acceptable images. I've been looking at the postings here; most are very interesting.

    Hopefully, I'll be able to show some images for critique in the near future.
     
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    Awesome! Glad this can be useful for you :) it really is a great program!
     
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    I purchased this program a couple weeks ago specifically because the HDR merge in LR doesn' do the best job, and more importantly, you don' get any say in how it merges the images. Photomatix solved that issue for me and added some nice extras like being able to use their brush tool just like a layer mask to blend specific parts of one layer back into the final image. And it dies it all with a simple user interface.
     
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    Yeah.. I don't even know how HDR merge works in Lightroom, cause in my experience it looks like it just takes the middle image and moves the sliders around.

    OP, if you use Photomatix, use the exposure stacking options if you want to stay away from the cartoon zone. Everything else is known as "tonemapping."
     
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    It is a bit deceptive, but LR's HDR tool basically combines the exposures to give you more data to pull from. So for example, if the DR of your sensor only let you pull shadows up by 1 stop, the added data from multiple exposures might now give you 2 or 3 stops that you can pull the shadows up, highlights down, etc. Think of it as though it's creating a RAW file on steroids with lots more data to pull from. This of course gives you a huge file and then you have to try to edit it like you would any other file. Some people might like that option, but I prefer to be able to tell the program up front how I want the exposure to land and to have the option to preview the final image and tweak it before starting the blending process. It just simplifies things for me and usually eliminates the need for me to pull it into PS to do selective adjustments. Thays just my opinion, your mileage may vary..
     

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