HDR Tutorials Using Photomatix Pro:
No Need To Adjust Your Set
Top HDR tutorials on the Photomatix Pro high dynamic range imaging program begin by generating an HDR image.
When you open the Photomatix Pro program, the first dialog box you will see is the Workflow Shortcuts (1), which contains five buttons: Generate HDR Image, Tonemapping, Exposure Blending, Batch Processing and Tutorial.
Press the Generate HDR Image button. Its dialog box (2) then asks you to select source images.
Click Browse to find your choices, highlight them and hit Open in the Open dialog box (3).
This prompts the next dialog box: Generate HDR - Options.
Now, from the top, check "Align source images" and "By matching features". It's up to you if you want the image cropped. You're going to do it sooner or later anyway.
Check "Reduce chromatic aberrations". If you have a bad lens, chances are its glass is giving you some funky colour deviations (aberrations) - either colour halos around the viewed objects or shows that would give the Northern Lights a run for their money.
Check "Reduce Noise". More on noise later.
Check "Attempt to reduce ghostly artifacts". Depending on your photo, you'll either have background movement (water, foliage, etc.) problems or moving objects/people.
Put the detection on "High".
And lastly, check "Take tone curve of colour profile" since it's recommended.
Press "OK" and presto, let the fun begin.
You get a photo that makes you ask, "I paid money for this?"
Settle....have a look at the little statement on the HDR Viewer. The one that starts with "The HDR image is in unprocessed state..."
Whew, as they say, "No need to adjust your set."
and you're off to the next step.
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