Monday, August 22, 2011

HDR comparison

Okay, finally got a minute to play with HDRSoft's Photomatix software for making High Dynamic Range photos. Here are the same three exposures from the Capa ghost town in central South Dakota.

First run through Adobe Photoshop CS5's HDR Pro with an attempt to keep things looking somewhat realistic.

Then with the same "realistic" style in mind with Photomatix 4.

Just for fun, I processed again using Photomatix 4/s "grunge" settings.

Keep in mind this is without reading any instructional tutorials on Photomatix, just fumbling my way through. So far I can say Photomatix seems to have many more minute adjustments and feels a bit more intuitive to understand, at least for me. You can bet I'll be trying more of this to see where my favorite settings land in the world of HDR.

1 comment:

Larry said...

I've always thought that Photomatix was one of the best programs for HDR. It's neat to see a comparison between them! I have NIK software's HDR Pro and like it too, but I haven't done much HDR lately.