Photomatix by HDRsoft is one of my favorite pieces of Software to be simple and to the point - 15% off coupon code "ABWPHOTOS". An example of how powerful effective this software is show by the final image above. A link to a bigger image on my portfolio site is here:
Its allows you to create HDR images quickly and without any more tweaking than you would like to do. Now it still does not eliminate the fact that some images just don't suit HDR as they are low on contrast or they are not setup for easy alignment etc.
Also lets be clear at close to $100 this is not crazy expensive software but also it is not cheap either, however it is worth every penny and you get what you pay for without a doubt. I have tried cheaper s/W and it is just that cheaper HDR software that is cheap and does not work anywhere near as well - frankly for me they were a waste of money. The other simple fact is that compared to all other HDR software I tried it is fast to setup and get going but the software engine is also fast and does not seem to bog down like some of the others, including the expensive ones.
I am going to keep adding to this review for a few days but here are the basics.
- Use either RAW and JPEG files - Photomatix will convert many RAW files but why bother having it do it in my opinion so I use JPEG files
- Run the S/W as either plugin or standalone and select the bracketed images to inport - 3,5,7 etc
- Hit the pre-process button and you are started
- Next start to work the sliders and start simple or use pre-sets (I have a favorite starting point and don't use the pre-sets much but they are still fun to play with
Note you can use my coupon code for a 15% discount on the HDRsoft website for Photomatix - ABWPHOTOS