I just got Photomatix and am impressed with the ease in which it blends photos. Right now I have been doing the blends with ORF files and that seems to work pretty well. But being the lazy person I am, and not wanting to spend the time figuring it out myself, I was wondering if there is a more preferable way to handle the workflow. So what do you guys do?
Do you “develop” in Studio or the RAW developer of your choice and then go to Photomatix?
Do you develop then do your photo “cleaning” with the processing program of your choice and then go to photomatix?
Do you blend in photomatix and then go to your processing program.
Or are you just so darn good you don’t need to do anything more after you blend in photomatix….
Or do you do something different?
What I am trying to find out is your thoughts on the best workflow to preserve the quality of the image.
i’ve downloaded the photomatix trial and quite keen to buy, BUT have the following problems:-
1) have had some really weird areas of posterisation which are visible when zoomed in – i didn’t have it set on max strength and the images weren’t a big dynamic range, so it worries me that on this type of thing i am getting this posterisation. Any tips to avoid this.
2) my final image seems very lacking in contrast (i know i can edit this in CS3, but any tips here within photomatix?). Plus green and yellow colours seem very saturated – have tried reducing saturation in photomatix, but when i press the process button, the colours seem to change again as photomatix doesn’t seem to give a true colour until you process it.
3) very bad noise levels !! – anybody recommend neat imaging or imagenomic products – or does CS3 give as good results at reducing noise (i dont want to end up with an incredibly soft image, but dont know whether its better to go for standalone software that may, or may not, be better as is more specialised).
Is photomatix the best HDR tool out there, or is it better to blend in CS3/ or a different product – would rather have a less time consuming option. Any views?
i guess at the moment i am a bit dissapointed with photomatix but really want the ability to be able to produce HDR pics (I use grad filters, but these only ideal for a straight horizon, but if not then you need to be able to do HDR).
I downloaded a trial in Photomatix to HDR my photos, and when i save them it comes out with Photomatix in my image on the top left. how can i remove that or is there a button i have to click? in need of help! thanks
After batch processing 3 images in Photomatix then importing the finished image back into aperture; the finished image is appearing small. I have tried importing back into aperture as tiff or jpg; neither makes a difference. Aperture will allow me to modify or crop but not zoom. Interesting problem. I can’t seem to find a solution. Thanks for any suggestions.
I use a good noise reduction software prior to feeding TIFFs to photomatix and turn off noise reduction there (it isn’t near as good as noise ninja/topaz denoise/etc). The slider micro smothing also fixes the noise on the sky.
It’s my first time using photomatix, or attempting HDR. I shot this image raw. I then opened it in photoshop and adjusted the exposures to -2, 0 and +2 and saved them as three seperate files. I loaded them into photomatix and this is what I came up with. Would this be considered HDR? This may sound like a dumb question but if I can adjust my exposure in raw is it still necesarry to bracket? Also, would you consider that haloing around the top of the trees. I can’t make up my mind if it’s that or just the way the clouds look. This is just practice but any c&c is welcome.
I recently sent this question to the support folks at Photomatix. I would be interested in your opinions, as well.
I am a Real Estate Photographer. I shoot homes for use on
the internet and brochures for real estate agents. I process all of my exterior
shots in HDR with Photomatix Pro 64 Bit. I feel that I have become fairly competent in its
use. However, I still struggle with maintaining sharpness and clarity. 99% of
my exterior shots are on a very sunny day at approximately noon. I shoot with a
Nikon D300 and D3S and a Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 lens in Aperture Priority mode. I
shoot in the high speed continuous mode with AEB set for 5 shots in one stop
increments. Currently I set my aperture at f16. At ISO 200, this will
give me a shutter speed of 1/125. At -2 the shutter speed will be 1/500 and +2
will be 1/30. I process the files in Photomatix Pro 64 bit. At this setting I
have to do extensive sharpening with Photoshop CS3. I have run test shots at f8 and found that the
sharpness actually decreases from the f16 setting. It would seem to me that it
should be the other way around. At f8, the shutter speed increases to
1/400 and the -2 shot increase to 1/1600. If I take what should be the sweet
spot of the lens, f5.6 to f8 and combine it with the higher shutter speed,
shouldn’t the result in Photomatix be sharper with more clarity?