Photomatix Pro – An Introduction

Photomatix Pro Overview

PortaSlider Time lapse Tests from Bruce Levick on Vimeo.

In this time-lapse above I showcase the Nikon D7000 and there is one sequence that shows a HDR time-lapse sequence. I will be posting more details about HDR time-lapse sequences in the coming weeks and also publishing an eBook based around Photomatix Pro.

If you are a keen photographer and you love to shoot some outdoor scenes, then you will know the flat shades and highlights are often either dark or blown out when you view your results and in some cases it’s impossible to balance out both. If this is the problem that you are experiencing then you will need some high dynamic range software such as Photomatix Pro to get the dark spots lighter and the blown out spots lighter.

With Photomix Pro you can take multiple shots of the same photo at varying resolutions and simply merge them into a HDR image until you get the perfect and desired results. If you wish to stick to natural results then you can, but if you wish to add a surreal touch to your work then this too is possible with this excellent program; simply adjust the tones and mappings of your merged images until you have the perfect photo ready to print.

Photomatix Pro runs on Windows and Mac, and you can access it directly as a plug-in on some photographic software if you wish. The license for this software cost $99(USD), but the reviews show that it really is worth every cent.

There really is nothing missing from Photomatix Pro when it comes to the essentials for editing your HDR images. With such a complete package, you can create the most spectacular images, or select some bizarre and wonderful light editing to give your work a surreal feel to it.

Photo by Bruce Levick

When compare with Photoshop, some people do prefer Photomatix Pro. It all depends on the situation. For low light HDR images I prefer Photoshop, but all else I prefer Photomatix Pro Adobe always has a reputation for bringing out the very best packages for photo editing, but Photomatix Pro really has everything Photoshop has this time and more. What’s even more interesting to note here is the ease with which you can work your way around the program, making life easier and quicker for any online professional.

Photo by Bruce Levick

With a license fee of $99, Photomatix Pro is used by professionals as well as the keen and budding photographers. With the program, not only can you make the very best of your images by merging multiple photos into one HDR photo, but you can create a look that you can then put your stamp on. There are so many different settings to play around with, the lighting and shading, that for sure you will create some unique and surreal photography. I look forward to delving further into the HDR world and discussing the best practices for creating and post production for processing HDR time-lapse sequences.

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