Using Workspaces in Luminar 2018

By Gavin  Oct, 31, 2018   Posted in HDR Tutorial, HDRI
One of my favourite features about Luminar are the workspaces. I also find that many people are not really too sure what to do with them. As you progress with your learning and ability using Luminar, you may become less reliant on Presets. However, with so many functions and filters inside of Luminar it maybe hard to find a good starting point for editing your images. Workspaces help by putting what you need right where you need it. Utilizing...

Free image of the week: Homework

By Gavin  Feb, 16, 2014   Posted in HDRI
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DEAL: 30% Off: Photoshop Basics Online Course

By Gavin  Sep, 06, 2013   Posted in HDRI
DEAL: 30% Off: Photoshop Basics Online Course BECOME A PHOTOSHOP EXPERT IN A SINGLE EVENING AT HOME! SnapnDeals presents the Photoshop Basics for Photographers Online Course from Phil Steele Training for only $33.00 Master Photoshop CS or Elements skills in just 3 hours. Take your photos from ‘OK’ to ‘Awesome’. Learn by working ’hands on’ with photos that Phil Steele uses. Don’t miss out, this SnapnDeal won’t be up forever! Here’s what you’ll learn: VIDEO 1: The...

Photomatix Coupon Code 2013 – ’15HDRIT’ – 15% OFF!

By Gavin  Jan, 28, 2013   Posted in HDRI
HDRsoft: 15% off Photomatix and Photomatix Pro for Windows and Mac (includes plug-in and bundle) Photomatix Coupon Code 2013 – ‘15HDRIT‘ – 15% OFF! Photomatix Pro is by far my favorite program for creating and tone mapping HDR photos. It’s easy to use and gives you simple controls for getting the awesome color effects you see in all those great HDR’s, without having to open up Photoshop and knowing how to tone map by...

PERFECT EFFECTS 4 FREE – over 70 free professional effects to enhance and style your images

By Gavin  Nov, 26, 2012   Posted in HDRI
PERFECT EFFECTS 4 FREE - over 70 free professional effects to enhance and style your images Add a heavy dose of excitement or a subtle amount of elegance to your photos with Perfect Effects 4 Free. Choose from over 70 effects to enhance and stylize your images, including effects to create the popular HDR and vintage looks, textures to add depth and dimension, and borders to add a finishing touch. Instantly add any effect with a single click or combine them to create a look of your own. Perfect Effects 4 Free can be used as a...

photomatix price – best hdr program

By Gavin  Aug, 26, 2011   Posted in HDRI
Photomatix Pro (standalone + Lightroom plug-in) Price: US$ 99 Photomatix Pro (standalone + Lightroom plug-in) Price: US$ 99 Photomatix Essentials / Light (standalone) Price: US$ 39 Photomatix Plug-In for Apple Aperture Price: US$ 79 Tone Mapping Plug-In for Photoshop CS2/3/4/5 Price: US$ 79 Photomatix Coupon Code – Get 15% Discount with the coupon code HDRIT http://www.hdrsoft.com/order.php Enjoy the product and have fun!  Thanks for...

Who qualifies for a free version of HDR Efex Pro?

By Gavin  Jun, 20, 2011   Posted in HDRI
Who qualifies for a free version of HDR Efex Pro? If you purchased or upgraded to a Complete Collection (Lightroom/Aperture or Ultimate Edition) on or after July 25th, 2010 you qualify for a free version of HDR Efex Pro. If the purchase was made from Nik Software directly, you will automatically be sent a free copy of HDR Efex Pro via a download link.  This link will be emailed shortly after the software is released in October. If you made a...

How you stitched the HDR Panoramas?

By Gavin  Jun, 12, 2011   Posted in HDRI
How to do HDR:Could you detail how you stitched the panoramas shown on your samples page? The panoramas shown on the examples page of this site have been stitched with Panorama Tools (also known as PanoTools). In order to produce identically stitched panoramas per exposure, we did the following: 1. Loaded the images shot at the middle exposure into PTGui 2. Set the control point and stitched a first panorama for the middle exposure 3. Saved...

Using Photomatix for panoramas

By Gavin  Jun, 11, 2011   Posted in HDRI
I am stitching panoramas. How should I integrate Photomatix in my workflow? As you know, getting a seamless panorama is best achieved by maintaining a constant exposure when shooting the panorama’s views. The problem is that the right exposure is different for each view. Photomatix Pro can help solve this dilemma. First of all, you will need to shoot each one of the panorama’s angles of view at different exposures (for instance three...

2011 hdr tone mapping software:How do I reduce/eliminate “halo” or “glow” effects with tone mapping?

By Gavin  Jun, 06, 2011   Posted in HDRI
How do I reduce/eliminate “halo” or “glow” effects with tone mapping? Increasing the value of the Highlights Smoothness setting (under the “miscellaneous” section) is useful for reducing halos around objects placed against bright backgrounds. The other adjustments that may help are lowering the Strength and/or increasing the value of the Smoothing setting. hdr tone mapping software:An easier way to avoid halo...

hdrsoft photomatix pro – How do I select the exposures?

By Gavin  Jun, 05, 2011   Posted in HDRI
hdrsoft photomatix pro:To get good results with Photomatix, your capture sequence must include photos that correctly expose highlights and photos that correctly expose shadows. The latter is especially important to avoid noise showing in the processed HDR image. The number of photos you need depends on the scene. It also depends on the Exposure Value (EV) spacing separating the photos. If you take them in one-EV steps (e.g., -1, 0, +1 EV), you...

Does Photomatix work with Photoshop Elements?

By Gavin  Apr, 28, 2011   Posted in HDR Tutorial, HDRI
Photomatix Pro or Photomatix Light is a stand-alone application, which means it does not need another imaging application to run. Don’t forget to use the coupon code HDRIT to save 15% when you decide purchase Photomatix. Once you have tone mapped HDR images with Photomatix Pro or Photomatix Light, the resulting images are compatible with any image editing software, i.e. you will be able to further process them in Photoshop Elements if you...

Using JPEGS to create HDR images in Photomatix Pro?

By Gavin  Mar, 31, 2011   Posted in HDRI
A JPEG is 8-bit. RAW formats are normally 12-, 14- or even 16-bit and RAW processing software handles them at 16-bit. Therefore you’ll need to shoot at least 16, possibly up to 256, JPEGs to match the potential *smoothness* of tonality from an HDR of two RAW images. The normal numbers of 2,3,5,7 frames won’t cut it. And, of course, you can apply the significant tweaks you want to RAW files *before* using either them or JPEGs for the HDR...

What HDR Photography is Not

By Gavin  Jan, 23, 2011   Posted in HDRI
What HDR Photography is Not Photographers have an interesting sense when it comes to perception. For some reasons, some photographers find it amazingly self-fulfilling to really rip into other forms of photography or tools of photography.  In the photography world, it’s HDR Photography that’s been taking a beating for a long time now. However, different styles of photography exist because there are different schools of throught, different applications, and...

Real HDR Photos

By Gavin  Dec, 26, 2010   Posted in HDRI
Real HDR Photos HDR Photos contain all the light present in a scene. This can be considerably more light than you can capture in a single exposure, and certainly much more than a regular monitor can display. So, what is a Real HDR image? Is it an image where all the light is truthfully represented? Even if that means your monitor can only show a slice of it? Or is it an image, where you can see the full dynamic range at once? Then I have to compress that range...

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