Umming and arring
Yes I have been doing a lot of that lately… especially after seeing the excellent work of Photographers like Serge Ramelli and Trey Ratcliffe when they create their HDR masterpieces. Yes they use Photoshop and Photomatix to get their excellent photographs.. but for the likes of me it is Lightroom, Photoshop Elements 10 and Corel Paintshop Pro 4.
I have been contemplating, thinking twice and then thinking again as to whether to get HDR software from Photomatix… well as I don’t have photoshop, they do a Lightroom Plugin for merging 3 different exposures into one 32 bit TIFF file.
For the sake of just over £20 it was well worth the investment. The normal price is £20.10 +VAT and when you use the ‘StuckinCustoms’ code you end up paying £20.50 (incl of VAT) instead of the full £24.12.
Well debit card in hand, order placed and hey presto within a few seconds I received confirmation of my order with my product key and a link to download the plugin. I had already had the plugin installed (on the trial version) so all I needed to do was enter the product key and I was in business.
The three photos I wanted to use as a trial are 3 bracketed photos taken at -2 step, +2 step and 0 step.
I went into Lightroom selected the photos and then clicked on merge to 32-bit HDR..
Then Lightroom took over and did it’s thing and then reimported the new TIFF file back into Lightroom. Which then gave me this image.
I then played around with the Shadow, Highlights, White and Blacks until I liked what I saw.. Then I straightened the photo, done some local adjustments and added a graduated filter.
And this is the final result
Yes I am pleased with this plug in.. I like the way it took care of the noise and the way it dealt with ghosting.. I have quite a few auto-bracketed photos, so I will giving them a whirl with this plugin.
And I even like how the photo turns out in black and white.
I am now officially one very happy customer of HDRSoft.com…