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07/08/2011 12:20:13 PM · #1
I'm not a hge fan of HDR, but have bought a new lens (Nikon 16-35 f4 VR) and I'm starting to play with some HDR landscapes.

I want to buy a program for this but I'm not shure which one.

Please give me your feedback!
07/08/2011 12:25:17 PM · #2
I use Photomatix. I dislike the cartoonish HDR images I see from time to time. Photomatix lets me work anywhere along the spectrum from cartoon to reality. This image was produced from 7 originals using Photomatix.
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07/08/2011 12:44:24 PM · #3
The good Doctor is spot on. When most people say they don't like HDR, it's because all they have seen is the overdone clown puke. With a bit of care, you can use the technique to produce spectacular things.

I use Nik HDR Efex for mine. You have to be very careful with it at it's incredibly easy to overshoot and get crappy results. But it does have the U-Point technology which helps provide extra control.

I think all of the software packages have free trials, it's certainly worth downloading them to see which one you like best.

Here are some of my examples:
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07/08/2011 01:10:29 PM · #4
I use Photomatix light. Does the job and it's inexpensive.
07/08/2011 02:02:56 PM · #5
I messed around with trials for a long time without ever being able to commit to one. Then I heard of Nik HDR and was blown away by what it can do. It isn't cheap, and in my case worked out very expensive as I first had to upgrade from PS Elements to CS5. But I certainly think my processing has improved since I bought it. Most of my recent entries were edited using Nik with a single raw.
07/08/2011 02:09:15 PM · #6
photomatix was great but once I got nik hdr I haven't looked back.
07/08/2011 02:16:46 PM · #7
Hi. I`m using Nik HDR Efex Pro with Aperture but haven`t played around very much with it. It seems to be too much click and save for me. At first I found HDR Pictures very fascinating but as long as I see more and more from them I am no longer a fan of this technique.
07/08/2011 02:16:58 PM · #8
Nik's HDR Efex is in another league to other software I've got (Photomatix and Hydra).
07/08/2011 02:26:11 PM · #9
I've used EnfuseGUI (free) a couple of times, but have no experience with the other programs for comparison.
07/08/2011 03:07:58 PM · #10
I have both but still prefer Photomatix, to me it handles light and color better, and produces more natural looking results. Some of my examples:
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I use it in most of my images as part of standard workflow.
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