Stiga wrote in post #18334629
I see that Photomatix are jumping up and down on their Facebook page about their all singing all dancing Version 6.
I see that the Photomatix "glow" has not been killed off. I shall not be investing in Version 6!
BTW, I do not understand why you find SNS-HDR difficult to use.
Thanks for the head's-up. I was not aware they finally decided to upgrade the product. However, your post is a little misleading in that it might lead some to believe version 6 is available. It is not on the sale page. Version 5 still is. As of April 21st, they are asking for ver 6 beta testers. I'll not participate neither will I jump on ver 6 when retail is available. I'll wait and see how well it's received / reviewed.
As to the "glow", not sure if that's your reference to Photomatix's infamous halos or the tonemapped look. As to the halos, yea - still there. I noticed they redesigned their website. However, I question the use of the lighthouse image as their best example. Many of the versions look crappy to me. If that's the best they can come up with, they're in trouble. If you are referencing the classic tonemapped look, nowadays there are easier (and cheaper) ways to create it.
And in the store photomatix v5 is going for $99. Isn't that an increase? Really can't remember, tho.
DagoImaging wrote in post #18334699
Much easier to use Luminosity masks w/o the HDR glow.
Agree. The referenced post was a year ago. Now there are many good luminosity mask panels that can achieve extended dynamic range blending, do a better job of it than Photomatix, and without all the unwanted side effects such as increased noise, increased saturation in certain color groups, and of course, halos.
And if one wants a classic tonemapped look, as said above, there are methods to add one to a LM blended image after the fact for a lower cost.
All-in-all, I will give the photomatix people the benefit of the doubt and wait until the final / retail version of v.6 before deciding. Off the top of my head, tho, with all the changes over the last few years with photoshop, plugins, presets, luminosity mask blending panels, and so forth, my gut feeling is that HDRsoft waited too long. They may have lost both the market and the interest. They will have to had made some really good improvements in v6 to gain it back.
Edit: as to the sample image you posted, I'm wondering about that, too. If you look carefully, it looks like their anti-ghosting filter crapped out on them. The umbrella farthest lower left, the guy going up the stairs, people (runners?) by the center obelisk, people moving by the poster boards to the right, and so forth. Not a good advertisement for the ghosting feature.