Make no mistake, it’s all about the end results. How you get there is much less important, and in some cases even irrelevant. I could replace my camera with another model, I could easily replace my post-processing tools with something else, but there is one thing in my toolkit that I just can’t live without. This Photomatix Pro Review talks about this ground-breaking software and it’s application to our Fine Art Photography.
Our Fine Art here at The Hollow is all predicated on a vision we have. One that sees us exploring Vancouver Island and all its wonderful landscapes, heritage architecture, whimsical features and landmarks and other assorted things of interest as we come across them. Our Artist Vision Statement discusses the impetus behind our work, with one of the key points in the statement being centric to my discovery of HDR photography and Photomatix. Originally launched in 2003 it is both widely considered to be the most mature piece of software in this realm, as well as the one that most professionals go to for their HDR merging and tone mapping needs.
This software is designed and created by photographers, for photographers, and it shows. Other HDR software products out there can produce terrific results, but to produce imagery at the level required in the Fine Art realm, you really need to have the complete arsenal of tools built-in to Photomatix.
The underlying complexity of the software is both daunting at first as well as completely liberating once you’ve mastered it. I spent quite a bit of time early on in our practice to formulate the look and feel I was going for, and today can always achieve the results desired with this great tool. It takes in many different RAW formats as input, and can produce fabulous high-resolution TIFF’s out the back-end for easy import into your favorite post-processing tools to put the finishing touches on your piece.
Once you’ve selected your brackets to import, you are then optionally presented with one of the key tools within the application; the anti-ghosting screens. No other HDR merging and tone mapping tool out there that we’ve discovered handles this problem as well as Photomatix does. And it does it almost perfectly. You can specify areas within your image where there was movement, causing ghosting effects to be introduced. Once you have selected your area or areas, you can then pick which bracket to use as the dominant bracket during the merging process.
There are a few tricks to using this part of the tool, tricks we will be documenting in our upcoming eBook that we will be making available to all our newsletter subscribers, but once you’ve figured these out the results are absolutely astonishing and quite frankly impossible to create in any other tool.
The tone mapping features are incredible. With a histogram open beside you as you go about adjusting all the myriad of controls you have available, many different effects and styles can be brought out. You have absolute control over the entire process, second-to-none. We’ve tried several other HDR applications, and they all pale in comparison, some producing decent results but never competing with Photomatix in terms of the end results that we are honored to add to our portfolio and offer our customers as prints they’ll be proud to hang in their homes or offices for many years to come.
One of our recent Limited Edition Prints was enlarged into a 16×20 print for an exhibition. Seeing the results in such a large format allowed us to closely scrutinize it, looking for any defects or details we could improve upon in our process. We were astonished to find no issue that needed addressing, when viewed in such a large format the image was even more breathtaking. There just is no substitute for Photomatix!
The great people at HDRsoft even allow you to download it for a trial, making it easy to test the application out. Once you try it, you won’t be able to work without it! Head on over to HDRsoft’s Photomatix site today to download your free trial or buy your own licensed copy, and let’s get started on making great imagery!
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