Increase the dynamic range of your photographs
If you have ever photographed a high contrast scene, you know that even the best exposure will typically have blown out highlights and flat shadows. Photomatix offers two ways to solve this problem:
- HDR Tone Mapping: Reveal highlight and shadow details in an HDR image created from multiple exposures.
- Exposure Fusion: Merge differently exposed photographs into one image with increased dynamic range.
One Tone Mapping method is also available as a plugin of Photoshop CS2/CS3/CS4.
The benefits of using Photomatix Pro include:
Saving on lighting equipment:
Given that most digital cameras can auto-bracket at different exposures, you do not need to acquire expensive lighting equipment -and carry it- when shooting high contrast scenes. Just enable Auto Exposure Bracketing, and let Photomatix merge your photos into an image with extended dynamic range.
Saving time in post-processing:
Photomatix Pro is designed for productivity -- automatic blending, unlimited stacking, easy comparison of results and batch processing save hours of masking and layers work in image editing programs.
Taking advantage of your 32-bit images:
Have you created a 32-bit HDR image in Photoshop and could not get a good HDR conversion? The Photomatix Tone Mapping tool may help. See how it compares to Photoshop HDR conversion.
Great pictures on cloudy days:
Shadowless hazy sunlight or an overcast sky usually results in dull-looking photographs. The tone mapping tool of Photomatix Pro can turn them into great-looking images. Check this image as example.
The Exposure Blending functions of Photomatix Pro merge any number of bracketed photos -- this process is equivalent to image stacking, which tends to reduce noise in the resulting image.
Well exposed panoramas:
A panoramic scene is almost always a high contrast scene -- you can't limit your view to areas with the same brightness when shooting a 360° panorama. By taking views under several exposures and processing them in Photomatix Pro, you can create a panorama that will show details in both the dark and bright areas of the scene.
News in version 3.2.1 Final (10.Aug.2009)
- Scrollbars added to tone mapping preview
- Bug fixed: display of images was not color managed anymore (bug was introduced in v3.2.0)
- Bug fixed: When tone mapping a 16-bit image and the preview width is not a multiple of 4, the preview was scrambled at 100% Preview Magnification.
- Bug fixed: Loupe for Tone Mapping preview could have erratic movements when settings changed.
- Bug fixed: On some computer configurations, clicking on the 'Show Original' button resulted in a black preview.
- Bug fixed: warnings were enabled when loading TIFF file with the 64-bit edition.
- Bug fixed: multi-threading support was not enabled when tone mapping from the interface.
- Bug fixed: When the length of the iptc data embedded in an image saved as JPEG was not a multiple of 2, Photoshop returned an error/warning message about corrupted Photoshop data when opening the JPEG file.
- Bug fixed: RLE-compressed 16-bit PSD files could not be loaded.