HDR photography is a passion of mine and I wanted to share with you all how I use Photomatix Pro in my workflow and the best way to do that was to make video’s where you can follow along with me as I edit photos in Photomatix for you.
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I use Photomatix Pro Plus Bundle as I use PC and Mac computers, plus you get the Lightroom plugin Merge to 32-bit HDR as a bonus.
What is it ??? Well HDR imagery allows you to get better definition, colour and lighting in the shadows and highlights of a scene through the combinations of a bracket of images. We shoot a scene from a camera (I use nikon D800) on a tripod making sure to shoot underexposed as well as overexposed images. Since we are taking images all from the same vantage point we are able to layer and combine them into one image called a tonemapped image. This is where Photomatix comes into it as they have written software which allows us to have a great amount of customization over the outcome.
I use Photomatix for 95% of my images and then I take it into Photoshop. Firstly watch the videos below to learn how to use photomatix and its features then after that if you wish to see what a standard HDR workflow of mine is use this link as it will give you better understand of the whole process. HDR is within your reach !!! 🙂
An image can sometimes take 2-3 hrs when there are a lot of elements to play with especially like in a cityscape where you can have 100’s of buildings, like this image of Shibuya crossing I made using Photomatix
The Final Result !