nik software hdr efex pro vs photomatix pro

By Gavin  Jun, 16, 2011   Posted in HDR Tutorial

1.HDR Efex Pro is the new standard for creating realistic to artistic HDR images with a revolutionary new all-in-one workflow. HDR Efex Pro includes many one-click visual presets, advanced tone mapping algorithms, powerful HDR controls, and patented U Point® technology.Intuitive InterfaceHave fun and work more efficiently with an interface that works the way you do.High dynamic range photography is a complex and very technical photography style. As such,many HDR editing applications have complex controls and awkward interfaces. HDR Efex Pro hasan interface that is both easy to learn and easy to use, with understandable terminology so that you can start working immediately.Previews and a new zoom navigator make it easy to view the details of your masterpiece.

When creating HDR images in a start-to-finish workflow, it’s vital to accurately preview thefinal result. HDR Efex Pro has class-leading previews and zoom features that make it easy to ensure what you see is what you get.Accurate previews.A significant problem with many current HDR tools is that the tone mapping algorithm used is not scalable, which prevents them from offering accurate previews. Whenyou use HDR Efex Pro, the visual presets and preview modes are beingdisplayed using the same rendering algorithms as are used for the final output ofyour HDR image. This eliminates the need for going back-and-forth with testprints and ensures accuracy between what you see and what is output backto the host application (e.g. Photoshop, Lightroom, or Aperture).

nik hdr efex pro vs photomatix

2.Photomatix Pro

Photomatix Pro and Photomatix Light are stand-alone programs running on Windows and Mac OS X.
A free Lightroom Plug-in makes it possible to access Photomatix Pro directly from Lightroom, if desired. Some of the features of Photomatix are also available as a Filter Plug-in of Photoshop CS2 or higher and an Edit Plug-in of Aperture 2 or higher.
One license for Photomatix Pro costs US$99 and one license for Photomatix Light US$39.

HDRsoft develops innovative software in the field of High Dynamic Range imaging for photography.
The first version of its HDR software Photomatix was released in February 2003 as the result of a research project started in July 2002. The project was awarded a grant from the French Ministry of Research, as laureate of their national contest 2003.
The company is owned and controlled by its two founding members, one of them being a professional photographer with over 25 years’ experience. HDRsoft was previously known as MultimediaPhoto (the company changed its name in December 2006).


nik software hdr efex pro vs photomatix pro

Quite a difference in favour of NIK in this case but there seem to be some kind of glow added to the PM image which of course will affect the sharpness. Its quite tricky to do a direct compare with HDR software as there are so many different settings in each software. The big difference in this case are the benches. NIK seem to handle that area brilliantly. It would be interesting to hear exactly how you go about to achieve the final image for comparison.

Nik looks pretty good to me as well. I may have to try it myself. Thanks for the comparison!

There also appears to be less chromatic aberration with Nik – check out the windows on the image’s left and right hand sides. But that may be due to a density difference in the 2 images in that area.

Hard to tell on a laptop Pete, but I agree Nik looks better. The light is better controlled in the windows and across the image. The ceiling color is better, although it appears lighter in the Photomatix shot which I like since it reveals more (but I am sure you can adjust that in Nik too). Overall a good comparison. I just upgraded to Photomatix 4.0 and I like it, but may give Nik some thought too.

First of all, what a cool shot, Pete. Well done with the fisheye. Secondly, I like your comparisons here (and the next one as well). Due to the price, I’m on the fence right now (couldn’t get the trial to work as I was told my trial had expired before I even tested it). But, according to your processing, there’s no doubt NIK walks off the winner. So I might have to cave.

Ok, wow! I have to admit, I am such a photomatix fan I thought no way…but, the Nik version looks better here. I do love all of Nik’s filters so it’s no real surprise I guess that they can make a good HDR tool as well.

I was just starting to test out new apps Nik and Artizen’s new beta, i know i am leaving Photomatix but i can’t seem to decide which one to buy. Has anyone else tried both cause the HDR world is starting to get really exciting with all these new apps that can now do some amazing things.

I prefer Nik HDR because it’s more intuitive and easier to use. The U point technology has no competion. I have better results with single Tone Mapping.

Just ordered the complete Nik collection today Pete, gonna give it a whirl! Should be fun, and probably not much sleep with all the new toys!! Good analysis, definitely looking forward to the HDR Efex Pro, looks versatile and really good. T

I have added Nik HDR Efex as well. Definitely agree with #1 in your points on Nik; it does produce much better reds and oranges. Agree with #4 as well. Regarding presets; I do not use them in either package and work in my own on their sliderss/adjustments. And yes, Nik can get much closer to thefinal image. The one positive I am really liking is the use of control points to adjust HDR settings on spots of the image.

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