New HDR software

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Grisu_HDH, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Grisu_HDH

    Grisu_HDH TalkEmount Veteran

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    Dec 16, 2012
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    Markus
    Using Fhotoroom HDR 3 since some years now (formerly known as Artizen HDR) I don't feel good with it anymore due to the lack of support.
    Now I'm looking for a new software and found the following :
    - HDR Darkroom 6.0
    - HDR Express 2
    - Photomatix Pro 4

    I have to admit that I don't want to spend more than 80 EUR for my new soft toy...
    I tested Luminance HDR and Picturenaut which are for free but the tonemapping wasn't good enough cause I don't like it to extreme but I want some good presets to start with without adjusting a lot of sliders...
     
  2. Nubster

    Nubster TalkEmount Veteran

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    Chad
    I like Photomatix. I've also used photoshop and it works alright too.
     
  3. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    Not cheap, but still my favorite is Niks HDR Efex Pro. The biggest advantage imho is their "U Point"-technology. With that, you can simply drag a point into the image, adjust how big its area of effect is and then you've got a load of sliders to adjust the exact area you want. Looks MUCH more natural than anything you can do with brushes.

    And hey, there's a free 15 day demo version, so no reason not to try it.
     
  4. Bill

    Bill TalkEmount Veteran

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    Oct 22, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    Bill
    I'm just guessing, but I think it might be in Lightroom's next full-number upgrade. They've already expanded the ability of Lightroom to tonemap 32-bit HDR files.

    In any case, I've been happy with Photomatix.
     
  5. Grisu_HDH

    Grisu_HDH TalkEmount Veteran

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    Dec 16, 2012
    Southern Germany
    Markus
    HDR Efex Pro and / or Lightroom are not an alternative at the moment because I'm still running Windows XP.
     
  6. olli

    olli TalkEmount Veteran

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    olli
    I used to use Photomatix. It was never the slickest programme but it always did a good job.
     
  7. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    I hate HDR with passion, so I couldn't tell ;)
     
  8. Grisu_HDH

    Grisu_HDH TalkEmount Veteran

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    Dec 16, 2012
    Southern Germany
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    Thanks for all your thought about this (even to you Nianys ;-)!).
    I decided after testing some demos of
    - Machinery 2
    - SNS HDR
    - Photomatix
    - HDR Express
    to go with Photomatix Essentials cause it's powerful, easy to use and can be updated easily to Pro with more costs than now...