Photomatix Photomatix Pro 5
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- Merge of bracketed exposures to HDR, tone mapping and exposure fusion
- Automatic Alignment of Hand-Held Photos
- Advanced Tools for Ghost Removal
- Batch Mode
- Plugin for Adobe Light room
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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
Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8 or Mac OS 10.5 to 10.9
Top Customer Reviews
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Does a great job HDR. Easily removes ghosts whether its a moving car or just the wind blowing branches around. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Donald Pillow
As usual, the item was delivered well before the estimated time. Packaged well and no problems with the download. As far as Photomatix Pro 5? Read morePublished 19 days ago by Greg Grover
A solid solution to problematic shooting situations. Very easy to use with great results.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amateur photographer. Took a workshop and others there used Photomatix. Bought it and was amazed at the outcomes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John T.
If you like HDR this is a great program. I have done quite a few pictures using this software and they come out amazing . I would recommend it highlyPublished 3 months ago by Damworker
Had a lot of fun with this program - it needed more options when choosing effects. I hear they are now downloadable. My Lightroom 6 now comes with HDR making this no longer needed.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer