If you have ever photographed a high contrast scene, you know that even the best exposure will typically have blown out highlights and flat shadows. Photomatix offers two ways to solve this problem:
â€º Exposure Blending: Merge differently exposed photographs into one image with increased dynamic range.
â€º Tone Mapping: Reveal highlight and shadow details in an HDR image created from multiple exposures. The tone mapped image is ready for printing while showing the complete dynamic range captured.
The benefits of using Photomatix Pro include:
Saving on lighting equipment
Given that most digital cameras can auto-bracket at different exposures, you do not need to acquire expensive lighting equipment -and carry it- when shooting high contrast scenes. Just enable Auto Exposure Bracketing, and let Photomatix merge your photos into an image with extended dynamic range.
Saving time in post-processing
Photomatix Pro is designed for productivity -- automatic blending, unlimited stacking, easy comparison of results and batch processing save hours of masking and layers work in image editing programs.
Taking advantage of your 32-bit images
Have you created a 32-bit HDR image in Photoshop CS2 and could not get a good HDR conversion? The Photomatix Tone Mapping tool may help. See how it compares to Photoshop CS2 HDR conversion.
Great pictures on cloudy days
Shadowless hazy sunlight or an overcast sky usually results in dull-looking photographs. The tone mapping tool of Photomatix Pro can turn them into great-looking images. Check this image as example.
The Exposure Blending functions of Photomatix Pro merge any number of bracketed photos -- this process is equivalent to image stacking, which tends to reduce noise in the resulting image.
Well exposed panoramas
A panoramic scene is almost always a high contrast scene -- you can't limit your view to areas with the same brightness when shooting a 360Â° panorama. By taking views under several exposures and processing them in Photomatix Pro, you can create a panorama that will show details in both the dark and bright areas of the scene.
Updated in v3.0.1
- Bug fixed: 16-bit output for saving tone mapped image when HDR image file has been opened in preview mode should now be correctly taken into account.
- Bug fixed: Detection type for ghosting reduction option should now be correctly taken into account (in v3.0, value "Normal" and "High" were mixed up).
- Bug fixed: Default file format to save blended images when the source images are in 8 bits/channel mode should now be correctly remembered between sessions.
- Bug fixed: Error message after changing several times the settings of the Exposure Blending dialog should not happen anymore.
- Bug fixed: Exposure Blending with source images in the BMP format should not invert colors anymore.
- Bug fixed: incorrect date in ****data of saved images on the 30th and 31st of the month when source images are RAW files should not happen anymore.
- Bug fixed: "About Photomatix Pro" item on Help menu is now available.
Platform: Windows Vista, or Windows 98/Me/2000/XP with .NET framework.
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