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Gillygems
Gillygems  232 forum posts United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 - 7:41 PM

Please can anyone suggest the best prog for processing hdr pics. I already have Lightroom and Elements 10.
Thanks all!

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teepee
teepee  11581 forum posts England
26 Feb 2013 - 8:04 PM

Hi I use Photomatix Pro, seems ok for what I do...................Good LuckSmile

Gillygems
Gillygems  232 forum posts United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 - 8:14 PM

Thanks, Teepee -
I'd heard of that but couldn't remember the name - you've jogged my memory!

Willpower
Willpower  3163 forum posts United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 - 8:22 PM

Also consider the Nik software Suite. Or Just HDR Pro2 (part of the suite) Extremely easy to use and comparable if not even superior to Photomatix.

carper123
carper123 e2 Member 277 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2013 - 8:34 PM

Hi, Gilly,
Try a free hdr version first, the results can be surprisingly good, in particular , Luminance, i have had some decent results. Well i think i have, others may disagree, all part of the learning process.
Good luck.
Darryl. Smile

Gillygems
Gillygems  232 forum posts United Kingdom
26 Feb 2013 - 8:39 PM

Will do, thanks Darryl!

colijohn
colijohn  229 forum posts Netherlands1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2013 - 9:13 PM

Could also try Machinery HDR you can download a free trail.

Cheers, Colin

cameracat
cameracat  108575 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2013 - 9:32 PM

The only way to go with HDR.....!!!

JJGEE
JJGEE  96104 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2013 - 10:17 PM


Quote: I already have Lightroom

Is that Lightroom 4 ( currently at v 4.3 ) ?

The basic panel in the develop module has some powerful features that except for extreme dynamic range shots can " rescue " an incredible amount of detail in either or both of the highlights & shadows.

You may not need HDR software Wink

seahawk
seahawk e2 Member 6488 forum postsseahawk vcard United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 - 1:18 PM

I agree with JJGEE, you can get some good free HDR presets from Matt Kloskowski at http://lightroomkillertips.com/category/presets/page/3/ (plus lots of others). I find them as good as HDR software in most cases. Try them first before spending anything.

digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 1:31 PM

If you are using Lightroom you can install a Photomatix Plugin which allows you to export directly to Photomatix and re-import the result. I have always used Photomatix and had good results. My recent upload of my Jag was processed using it.

Ian

Nick_w
Nick_w e2 Member 63723 forum postsNick_w vcard England98 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 1:33 PM

Lightroom isn't bad at processing a 32 bit file either Wink

Just export the stack to PM save the resultant file and import back into Lightroom, then process as if its a RAW.

digicammad
digicammad e2 Member 1021988 forum postsdigicammad vcard United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 1:34 PM

By the way, as far as I can see Lightroom HDR presets are not HDR, they simply alter the various settings to get as much as possible from a single shot. The whole idea of HDR is to combine multiple exposures so you actually capture the entire dynamic range.

JJGEE
JJGEE  96104 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2013 - 1:54 PM


Quote: My recent upload of my Jag was processed using it.

But how different would have processing just a single exposure been ?

Gillygems
Gillygems  232 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Feb 2013 - 2:04 PM

I'm following this discussion with interest! I really want to stack my images to form a true HDR IOC. I've downloaded Luminance but not impressed with t
My first results (obviously I need practise) but I'm happy to splash out on Photomatrix if necessary. Is Photomatrix reasonably easy to learn? Thanks for all your replies.

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