After I bought the Photomatix HDR plugin for Aperture, I’ve been trying to make time for an evening outside, shooting some more images with high dynamic range.
Here are some pictures i shot during last “photowalk”.
I am still not completely satisfied with the results. As you might know, there are many factors influencing the result. When I shoot three images with different exposures, objects in the image may move, or the camera might slightly get out of place, giving “ghosts” or a fuzzy image. Camera-settings, noise in the picture and the settings in the photomatix-plugin will affect the quality of your “end-product”. Theres much to learn, and it’s really fun!
I’ve never been a fan of instagram-effects on photos taken on a device with 0,5mm image sensor. However high quality HDR photos has always amazed me. I’ve tried before, but even with hours spent in Adobe Photoshop, I could not get the image to POP.
I don’t normally use Photoshop, and think it is a to “big” tool to use when you’re editing photos. I googled around a bit and the first three results were Hydra, Photomatix and HDR EFEX PRO 2. I landed on Photomatix, because, firstly I liked the idea of having the HDR functionality as a plugin in Aperture (which is the image editing and sorting app I use), and secondly, it looked like it produced better true HDR images then Hydra’s images.
Buying, installing and using Photomatix was as easy as hoped, and gave me the editing options I wanted. Took me 5 minutes to get the result below, by of course over-doing the sliders a bit. Will probably get better results when I’m done toying around. But still, I think the result is a lot better then insta-hipsta-über-matic apps for Android/iPhone.
Ps. Photomatix is currently working on a standalone Linux version. Hopefully, more application developers will follow in their footsteps.