This last week, I have done quite a bit on HDR software and I know that a lot of you really like Photomatix, and I thought for my tutorial today I would show you some of the tricks that I use to help make sure I get the best possible image.
After opening Photomatix, you select your files, well the bracketed shots that will make your HDR image, in this case there are 3 images. Now, as I said last week, these images were taken with me holding the camera, and not using a tripod.
I have done all the processing, but there is a grey area in the sky, around where I have circled in red. If you compare it with the previous image, I have made it better, but it still bothers me and now I have to see what else I can do to make it go away.
One thing I have found that often works is the Smooth Highlights slider, I have circled it above. I have moved it a long way over, and the sky looks a lot better. It has worked quite well, or well enough. Sometimes it doesn’t and sometimes I find that HDR software doesn’t do well around trees. I have found this with nearly all the software I have tried. I also think, that the above image really doesn’t need to be processed as a HDR image, but I knew that it was a tricky one, so I used it.
I have started playing more with Nik Software’s HDR Efex, but I need to play more and learn its idiosyncrasies before I do a post on it, hopefully it won’t take long.
Don’t forget, if you want to purchase Photomatix Pro use the coupon code LeanneCole15, it is not case sensitive, for your 15% discount.
Face to Face Contact
I had my first class this morning. It was a great experience. A fellow blogger from Chicago wanted some help understanding some things I had put in some of my tutorials. We agreed on a price and then found a time that was right for both of us, turned out to be Sunday afternoon for her and Monday morning for me. It is a strange concept. I think I helped her lot. We used Google+, I showed her my desktop and she showed me hers. I think I have started something new, well new for me.
It was a good experience, and now that I have the first one done, I might start advertising more. I have put some information in the pages above, so if you are interested, then please don’t hesitate to email me firstname.lastname@example.org