View Full Version : HDR software - any advice please?

17th of October 2008 (Fri), 15:15
I wish to have a go at HDR and wonder if you good folk can give any advice on which programmes to use. I see Photomatrix has a free version but is it any good? I am willing to pay for a low end version if it will give good results.


17th of October 2008 (Fri), 15:18
You could give Redynamix a go. It's a plugin for Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro.

17th of October 2008 (Fri), 15:21
I use Photomatrix for my hdr, it is alot better than the CS3 IMO. download the photomatrix free version and see how you like it.

17th of October 2008 (Fri), 15:49
Photmatix. If you decide to buy it, look around for a coupon to save a little bit.

17th of October 2008 (Fri), 17:25
I just downloaded Photomatix Pro last night, I'm already addicted. Before I plunk down $99 for it I wanted to find any freeware that might be similar. I downloaded qtpfsgui but can't get it to do anything even though I also downloaded QT4. I'm no computer genius so I'm sure I did something wrong. Anyway to the point of Photomatix, it leaves a watermark on the images processed in the free version. I'm not complaining, just wanted to let anyone getting the free version know.

17th of October 2008 (Fri), 17:38
Here's another one to try:

Dynamic Photo HDR. I haven't use it(I'm on Macs), but a friend of mine recommends it.

René Damkot
17th of October 2008 (Fri), 19:33
HDR or tonemapping?

HDR: I like the combination of LR and Enfuse (http://timothyarmes.com/lrenfuse.php). Gives "natural looking" images.

18th of October 2008 (Sat), 04:52
I use Photomatix most of the time , but sometimes Dynamic photo HDR as well..


22nd of October 2008 (Wed), 22:59
How about this one http://qtpfsgui.sourceforge.net/ any good?

22nd of October 2008 (Wed), 23:19
QTPfsGUI is indeed very good but you have to get used to blend different tonemapping results, several combinations give good results.


24th of October 2008 (Fri), 07:10
there are a few out there, you can check in some of the HDR groups in Flickr for the free one, there is absolutly a TON of info waiting to found there..lol

26th of October 2008 (Sun), 14:01
Does Photomatix Pro have a manual or download only w/pdf ?
I have to read something a bunch of times and I high lite and use the stickie things on pages .
IE - siacking , pano , tripod etc . I want something there are books on .
I am interested in more DOF .

26th of October 2008 (Sun), 14:21
I think DOF is a function of the lens and camera settings. Photomatix might flatten things up a bit though, but export as a tif, then open that in CS3 as a RAW and put some fake DOF back in with the Blacks slider. :)

26th of October 2008 (Sun), 17:21
I was thinking I could take 3 or 4 shots focusing on different parts and combining them . I though that was what HDR was / is .
DOF on a macro is terrible . I was thinking maybe HDR or stacking would help .
I have CS3 IN A CLASSROOM and a book on raw , but neither covers HDR or stacking .

26th of October 2008 (Sun), 18:24
I was thinking I could take 3 or 4 shots focusing on different parts and combining them .
That's called Stacking. Combine ZM (http://hadleyweb.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/CZM/News.htm) is a free stacking program and actually works pretty good. there may be others out there too.

HDR is High Dynamic Range, but that is more like stacking exposures, not focus. You take several images of the same scener, from a steady tripod, but all at different shutter speeds, so you get under, over and correctly exposed images. Then Photomatix or other HDR software, stacks those and merges all the exposures to make the shadows show detail and the blown out highlights show lost detail.

26th of October 2008 (Sun), 18:32
I guess I am looking for stacking then . An example would be a spider on a web . The spider is in focus but not the web .
Or the inside of a flower . A flower is in focus but the leaves and branch are not .
Anyone know of a book on stacking ?
Does HDR work if you change focus and speed ?

26th of October 2008 (Sun), 19:05
Here's a thread on some of how to use CombinZM. But to find more info, ask in the Macro forum, those guys know it all.

26th of October 2008 (Sun), 22:16
Is the exposure blending feature in photomatix actually enfuse?

27th of October 2008 (Mon), 01:09
Thanks , but CombinZM is for PC only

Electric Shepherd
27th of October 2008 (Mon), 06:30
I've just downloaded Bracketeer [Mac only] which is a GUI for the Enfuse algorithm.

I'm pretty sure it can do focus stacking as well as exposure blending too, and it features an auto alignment tool which seems pretty effective in my [brief] experience.

There's a free trial download, give it a go and let us know how you get on.

27th of October 2008 (Mon), 12:18
Thanks , but command line - I blow it to easy . Thats why I use a Mac .

Electric Shepherd
27th of October 2008 (Mon), 12:56
The GUI just looks like any other Mac app.

27th of October 2008 (Mon), 19:18
I thought it said command line . Thanks , I'LL take another look .

28th of October 2008 (Tue), 12:46
Any other HDR suggestions?

31st of October 2008 (Fri), 07:33
About Stacking, I use Tufuse (@ http://www.tawbaware.com ); never mind the pro version, use the command line one with the batch file provided. You can use the tryout of the pro version to learn the tweaks easier and faster.

31st of October 2008 (Fri), 07:52
Here's a 'technique' that I use, through CS3. I haven't had any really horrible ones....though it takes a LOT of time to tweak them, once they are made. Click Here. (http://backingwinds.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-to-create-professional-hdr-images.html)

Here's a resulting set of images: Click Here. (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=590632) And of course, there's some up on my flickr page, too.

31st of October 2008 (Fri), 09:08
marcoj70 --Thanks , just finished reading most of http://www.tawbaware.com . It's from 2004 and for PCs .
Still good reading - I did not know the sharpness of my 50 was better than my 28-135 at F-4 and larger .
I don't know if a teleconverter would mess with the sharpness - probably and would depend on who made it - IE proptic , Kenko , Canon etc .

31st of October 2008 (Fri), 11:19
try dynamic photo hdr, there is a free trial, i think its really great and its cheap to buy, about £25.
i have used it on my infra red shots and they come out great.
www.flickr.com/photos/frenchie44/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/frenchie44/)

31st of October 2008 (Fri), 16:14
I emailed them . Any software I buy , I want a manual and a CD or DVD .
There web site said it's 55 for either Mac or Windows .

6th of November 2008 (Thu), 20:14
I emailed them 6 days ago , no reply , tried emailing again - some anti-spam thing came up . Oh well , I'll keep looking .
Thanks for recommendations .