Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Software > Editors (Photoshop, Vegas, Final Cut Pro, Kdenlive, etc.)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jan 20, 2008, 7:34 PM   #1
Member
 
erutcip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 45
Default

I was wondering what software other members are using to generate HDR images? I'm currently evaluating the trial version of Photomatix and it seems easy to use and the price is within my budget. What do you use?

Thanks, Dennis
erutcip is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jan 21, 2008, 12:31 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 804
Default

If you haven't seen this, it's a great article describing the HDR process using/comparing both Photomatix Pro and Photoshop CS2's Merge to HDR function:

http://www.naturescapes.net/072006/rh0706_1.htm

I did some HDR with Photoshop 7, manually blending the parts of the differently exposed pix using several techniques that I picked up from web tutorials and a book or two. Then I found Photomatix Pro and used the demo for a while. There were a few other stand-alone HDR programs out there at the time, but Photomatix seemed to have the best press.

The only thing that I didn't like about Photomatix was its price. I did comparisons of HDR images generated through Photomatix and the same images done through my slow, manual techniques and didn't see enough difference to lay out $100.00 for Photomatix. Now, if I did a lot of HDR stuff, it would be different, since it took me about 15x longer to get a final image manually than with Photomatix.

At least one convenience that Photomatix has over the Merge to HDR in CS2 is that for the best results, CS2 wants you to use photos that are no more than one stop apart in exposure where Photomatix invites you to use shots several stops apart. Given comparable results, I'd rather take 3 shots than 5 to cover the same dynamic range.

Another plus with Photomatix is that you could use the tone mapping part of the program on individual images to maximize the tonal seperation.

I would have bought Photomatix at about half the asking price, but then, as I said, I didn't do large numbers of such images.

Grant


granthagen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2008, 6:06 PM   #3
Member
 
erutcip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 45
Default

Hi Grant,

Thanks for your reply
. Since you thought Photomatix's price was a bit steep (as did I) you may be interested in this software for $39 - Dynamic Photo HDR. I just ordered it after trying their trial version last night. To me, it has a better user interface, more control and better outputthan Photomatix. Check it out.


Dennis

http://www.mediachance.com/hdri/index.html
erutcip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2008, 1:17 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 804
Default

Hey, Dennis.................

I'm going to give the demo of DPHDR a shot! What I saw on the PopPhoto site was pretty impressive -- especially for the price.

Thanks!

Grant
granthagen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 28, 2008, 1:52 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 64
Default

Hi Dennis, Hi Grant,

I occasionally use Photomatix and have used it for when I create actual multiple-exposed CGI scenes for generating HDR maps. It works just fine, but I don't blame you about the price. I was able to get a copy for a "song" from a special one-time offer from the company, so of course I couldn't refuse.

But have you tried some of the freeware HDR packages out there? HDR Shop, developed by Paul Debevec, is well-respected. You can find it here: http://www.hdrshop.com/ (please note that only version 1.0 is free; version 2.0 is commercial) The only restriction that I remember is that the free version cannot be used commercially. Also, here is a one of Paul Debevec's famous shorts using HDR: http://www.debevec.org/FiatLux/

Also, here is a list of HDR related freeware: http://luxal.dachary.org/webhdr/software.shtml

Well, hope that helps.


3dcc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 16, 2008, 7:24 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 130
Default



Hi guys i have checked the sites out that were posted here. I would love to learn more about this. Me and computers dont mix well together. To start out in this what site is easy to work with ??? Would like to start out easy and work my way up and have fun doing it at the same time. Any info will help me out thank you.

Oakey
oakey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 16, 2008, 9:32 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 804
Default

Oakey, if you're looking for general HDR theory, the naturescapes.net link that I posted earlier is fairly comprehensive. The bonus with that link is that the guy who wrote the material also takes you step-by-step through how he produces his images. But, the tutorial only really helps you if you plan to use either Photomatix Pro or Photoshop CS2/3 to create your exposure blends. If you want to use another program, the above article will only help with general theory.

I haven't seen the freeware stuff that 3dcc was referring to. I've only looked at Photomatix and Dynamic Photo HDR that erutcip posted about, so, I don't know how the freeware stuff stacks up against these in either performance or ease of use.

Photomatix and Dynamic Photo HDR have much in common, so I'm figuring that most HDR programs will share certain basic features and procedures although they might call the features by different names.

As for which ones are the easiest to use.....I dunno. It's likely that all these programs have default settings that give acceptable results most of the time with a minimum of user judgment. But, acceptable isn't optimum. As you get used to a program, you can start experimenting with the various options until you get results that are closer to optimum for your taste.

All you can do is look at the user information provided for the available programs and then try out the one(s) that make the most sense to you to see whether you have a definite favorite. The two that I've looked at both have fairly simple 1-2-3 instructions for generating HDR images at default settings -- but, Photomatix costs more than twice what Dynamic Photo HDR does.

The programs listed here are probably not the only ones out there. You might find one nobody has mentioned and like it just fine. If you do, let people here know so they can check it out!

Grant
granthagen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 19, 2008, 9:46 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 130
Default

Grant thank you for your time & info. I went on http://www.hdrsoft.com/ and this is what I got. I think I will go with Photomatix sounds good.

:idea: Oakey
oakey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 20, 2008, 6:42 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 111
Default

Check out Max Lyons new entry in the field: TuFusePro. It's a GUI frontend for his TuFuse command-line program for doing exposure or focus stacking. It is phenomenal.

http://www.tawbaware.com/tufusepro.htm
Wolverine@MSU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Apr 20, 2008, 8:08 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 133
Default

I use Photomatrix Pro. It's easy to make compsites with extended dynamic range.

It is much more sophisticated than the HDR feature in Photoshop CS2/CS3. For example, it can compensate for a small amount of ghosting. It can also align the phtos if they are slightly out of arrangement.

The tools for editing tone give you a lot of control.

Here are some examples I worked with Photomatrix Pro this weekend. Each was a composite of three shots: +2 stops, normal, -2 stops.

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...97_8_9_Web.jpg

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...05_6_7_Web.jpg

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...61_2_3_Web.jpg

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/..._41_38_Web.jpg

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/...45_6_7_Web.jpg

http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/..._8_Cropped.jpg

Cheers,

Mitch
gmitchel is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:57 PM.