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Photomatix Pro 5

by HDRsoft
Windows, Mac
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews) 26 answered questions

Price: $99.00 & FREE Shipping. Details
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Product Features

  • Create HDR photos and adjust them to get the look you want
  • One-click Presets let you choose a style, from natural to painterly to surreal
  • Batch mode, automatic alignment of hand-held photos and advanced tools to remove ghosts
  • Plugin for Adobe Lightroom included
  • FREE Upgrade: Get Photomatix Pro Version 5 for free as a download

System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows, Mac
  • Media: Software
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Photomatix Pro 5 + Complete Guide to High Dynamic Range Digital Photography (A Lark Photography Book) + Practical HDR: A complete guide to creating High Dynamic Range images with your Digital SLR (Handbook of the Philosophy of Science)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002CIP12U
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 1, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Photomatix Pro merges photographs taken at varying exposure levels into a single HDR image that reveals both highlight and shadow details, with options for automatically aligning hand-held photographs, removing ghosts, and reducing noise and chromatic aberrations. Users can then adjust the merged images by a range of options and settings to get the look they want -- from natural-looking results to painterly, surreal or ultra-realistic images. The program also includes a plugin for Adobe Lightroom for users who want to integrate Photomatix Pro into their Lightroom workflow.

Photomatix Pro 5 is available for Windows (XP/Vista/7/8) and Macintosh (OS 10.5 to 10.9) platforms.


- Create HDR photos and adjust them to get the look you want
- One-click Presets let you choose a style, from natural to painterly to surreal
- Batch mode, automatic alignment of hand-held photos and advanced tools to remove ghosts
- Plugin for Adobe Lightroom included  

Other Vital Info:
Manufacturer: HDRsoft Ltd
Format: CD-ROM
Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8 or Mac OS 10.5 to 10.9 

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
262 of 271 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, Gives new life to your photos! July 14, 2009
Length: 1:30 Mins
I am a HDR newbie, I never thought I would be diving into HDR so quickly (didn't even know what it was a month ago). This program makes it so easy to transform your photos. I have a nikon D200, D5000 and Olympus e-pl1, and I have achieved astonishing photos, adding this technique, photos are jaw-dropping. I have had some many compliments to my photos, and even friends asking me to help them achieve the same wonderful photos. This is a very insteresting technique. Once you have your shot taken with at least 3 different exposures then you will merge the 3 photos into HDR image, and then next step of the program is tone mapping to reveal highlights & shadows details in HDR image. The results will AMAZE you.

One note, you can download this software's trail version for free to see if you like it, that is what I did. You can use it indefinetely (not 30 days like most), but it will leave a watermark on your finished project, but at least you can play with it before spending $100.

**If you don't have a camera that can take 3 different exposures or you having a moving target that you can't, you can take one photo and then manipulate 2 new exposures with a software program, or even Windows photo gallery. It is not "true" hdr, but it gives similar results. I took some photos of my niece walking down the aisle at an outside wedding on a beautiful day. I couldnt do the 3 diffenet exposures with my camera because of the movement (even a second in time makes a difference of the photo you take), so I manipulated 2 new exposures afterwards and then used this program. The results were amazing, the sky alone with the clouds and sun shinning thru looked 3D.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great way into HDR photography October 4, 2009
Photomatix offers a relatively strong and low-cost way to get into HDR photography, and I find it a great creative tool.

The program's support for RAW format images seems to be good - it handles RAW from my Nikon D300 and D3x without problems, although the large files that come from my D3x seem to take a long time to process. A fast computer and lots of memory help.

Assuming good basic technique, the images come out amazingly well. Although the basic idea is to stitch together images taken with different exposures, sometimes it's handy to use the program's tone mapping capabilities, even on a single image.

I tend to start my workflow with Photomatix, outputting HDR TIF images that I usually bring back into an editing program (PhotoShop) for further tweaking. Photomatix is good at HDR - you still need something else for many of the other changes you might want to make to your images.

Overall, I find the software a great creative tool and it's helped me think in new ways about contrast and dynamic range in my images. Definitely worth the price.
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Point and Shoot or Canon 7D Images Will Pop!!!! December 14, 2009
Photomatix Pro has enabled me to get DSLR quality images on my Canon Power Shot S5 IS camera. I'm having so much fun with Photomatix Pro, my hungering for the Canon EOS 7D is not as strong as before discovering Photomatix.

Using this "magical" software I have been able to "reverse engineer" some of my older photos taken as single exposure shots and turn them into the eye poppers.

In Photoshop I increased the exposure on an otherwise well composed shot, but a little flat exposure wise. I increased exposure by 1.0 stops, and reduced the exposure by .5 stops. I saved each "tweaked" image and then sent them over to Photomatix, and WOW! Another eye popper emerged. There is one drawback, although the exposure and contrast were great, the color suffered. I saved the recreated photo as a black and white, and corrected the image a little bit back in Photoshop. The resulting black and white image is as great as if it had been a bracketed image in the first place.

ADDED: I was able to "reverse engineer" a color photo and merge the exposures and the color rendering came out fine. Sometimes it will work, sometimes it won't. But you'll get great B/W images even if you cannot get good color results.

Many of my photos done with the bracketing and Photomatix merging take on oil painting qualities or some have even looked like pen and ink drawings.
Others take on a surreal look without any Photoshop SFX.

If you own a higher end Point and Shoot with exposure bracketing, this is THE software to purchase. You don't even need Photoshop. Photomatix saves the merged images as a TIFF file which means you can edit the merged image in just about any photo editing program.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before buying consider this compromise strategy. March 31, 2012
Photomatix Pro is a widely used and respected program. But before investing in it, you might wish to consider a mixed strategy: Buy only the lite version, Photomatix Essentials, which is available on the Photomatix web site. Then, with the money you save, buy another well regarded program such as Topaz Adjust to generate the artistic effects associated with HDR. The total cost will be slightly less than that of Photomatix Pro alone.

The rationale is this. HDR photography has two different aspects: (1) Combining images of different exposures to increase the dynamic range; and (2) Creating the artistic style known as the "HDR effect". These two aspects are often confused but are actually quite separable. You can use Photomatix Essentials to combine bracketed images, giving you (1), then pass the composite result along to Topaz Adjust to create the so-called HDR look, providing for (2). An advantage of this strategy is that Topaz will create not only the HDR style if you want it, but many other styles as well. It will stylize any single image, whether or not it happens to be a high dynamic range composite.

Topaz Adjust is a Photoshop plugin. It will also run in Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, iPhoto, PaintShop Pro, and some other hosts. Beside Topaz there are also a number of other programs that will produce an HDR style from a single image.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Program is fine. But I had a lot of trouble loading ...
Program is fine. But I had a lot of trouble loading it on to my computer.
Published 14 days ago by Gerry Kehoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Works amazingly well enhancing photographic images.
Published 14 days ago by Darrell Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You can make some really good photos with this product. Its awesome!!!!!
Published 16 days ago by Mr. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Photomatix, My HDR Solution
I think Photomatix is the real deal. I've tried others, but hadn't upgraded Photomatix for several versions and then didn't have it at all on my newest computer--until I bought the... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Thomas G. Rampton
2.0 out of 5 stars Breath Taking Photos in HDR
Have it installed on my computer. Now I'm going to take pictures. Stay tuned for my results.Seen this software with a family member, and the results were amazing. Read more
Published 28 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, easy to use!
For any photographer who desires the best result from his or her shooting efforts this is a great tool. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Best HDR software out there
I've been using HDR software for years and have tried many many brands. Most of the ones out there won't let you adjust much, I love how much you can adjust here. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrew K.
5.0 out of 5 stars HDR
This is a great software package of HDR. One can process an entire group of Bracketed photos as long as they are the same number in each bracket, and of the single quality photo,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sanford A Mullet
5.0 out of 5 stars This product is awesome!
I have used this product quite often and if you know how to use the bracketed process on your camera this product will simply blow you away with the results... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tom Watkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of interesting fun
'Makes photos "POP". Very simple (yet lots of power). Free effortless and seamless upgrade to Photomatix Pro5. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judy Kappmeier
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