Taken at Nymans, West Sussex, in July 2012.
Well today I took the plunge… I have been saying for ages that I want to get the Photomatix Pro 5 software for creating HDR shots and today is the day. I got 15% off of the purchase price by using the coupon that is on Trey Ratcliff’s blog Stuck in Customs. I am an avid fan of Trey’s HDR work and thought it is about time I took the plunge and got the software.
This is my first attempt at using Photomatix Pro 5 and I used three auto-bracketed handheld shots taken at Bodiam Castle back in June 2012, using +2, 0 and -2 stops exposures. I then exported them via Lightroom to Photomtix Pro 5 after doing a few minor adjustments.
Once they were exported to Photomatix Pro and my adjustments were complete I then reimported the final HDR image back into Lightroom, where I just added a couple of radial filters and a vignette.
This is the final result
And here is a black and white version of the above phtograph.
I am very pleased with the results, and I will be taking more auto-bracketed photos in future and I also find Photomatix Pro 5 really does bring out even the smallest detail. Very pleased with my purchase… roll on our next trip out.
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. Continue reading →
Chartwell .. standing for ages
Yesterday, I decided to delve into HDR photography a little bit more. I had been using Corel Paintshop Pro to merge my bracketed photos, but running that and trying to run Lightroom at the same time seemed to slow my work flow down.