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IMHO Photomatix 6 is better than 5.1 but ....

 
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Jun 07, 2017 05:57 |  #1

There is nothing better than an "into the sun" bracketed set for testing an HDR app. Here is the set that I used

IMAGE: http://i.pi.gy/3OKl.jpg
The 3 images barely cover the dynamic range and I should have taken 5.

(1) Now let's see how Photomatix 5.1 (Cintrast Optimizer mode) deals with this set.

Just after processing (no PP):
IMAGE: http://i.pi.gy/jGNR.jpg

And after post processing (denoise, dehaze, curves and levels)
IMAGE: http://i.pi.gy/J5dn.jpg

(2) Next lets see how the new Tone Balancer mode deals with this set.

Just after processing (no PP):
IMAGE: http://i.pi.gy/lW8P.jpg

And after post processing (denoise, dehaze, curves and levels):
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Most of my HDRs are landscapes and as HDRsoft says, this new version 6 does generate more natual photos.

But, I think I will use SNS-HDR 2 for most of my landscapes as I think the colour renderings are more true to life. I also prefer the SNS-HDR GUI:

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Jun 07, 2017 06:24 |  #2

Stiga wrote in post #18372977 (external link)
this new version 6 does generate more natual photos.

First, thanks for preparing the examples and taking time to make the post. Very helpful.

The emphasis and update to target realistic photos is exactly why I will not buy version 6. If one wants natural photos, nowadays there are a ton of luminosity mask apps that are just as easy and quick as HDR. Plus, LM blended images don't have the increased noise, saturated color groups, etc. that HDR photos can.

The only time I reach for a HDR app is when I specifically want that classic tonemapped look. And if Photomatix's latest version is trying to get away from that, there's nothing for me there.


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Jun 07, 2017 13:28 |  #3

LOL, the last time I looked at luminosity blending, I ran away. But perhaps things have become more friendly since the.


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Jun 07, 2017 16:27 |  #4

Yep, agree. It used to be scary. No longer.

Press a button, get a gaggle of masks.
Press a button, blend exposures.

Here you go:
Luminosity mask reviews (external link)

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http://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1479468

And many of the panels now do much more than just LM mask making and blending.


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Jun 08, 2017 04:23 |  #5

Picture North Carolina wrote in post #18373357 (external link)
Yep, agree. It used to be scary. No longer.

Press a button, get a gaggle of masks.
Press a button, blend exposures.

Here you go:
Luminosity mask reviews (external link)

and this:
http://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1479468

And many of the panels now do much more than just LM mask making and blending.

Thanks. The review is a gfood one.


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