Photomatix Tutorial

The best way to capture images for HDR processing is to mount the camera on a sturdy tripod. Set the camera to aperture priority and select a suitable aperture (aperture priority is used because if you use shutter priority, when you bracket the shots, each one will have a different “depth of field“).

If your camera has autobracketing, set it to 0, +2 and -2 – this should work for most although if the light source is very strong eg. including the sun in the image, it might be worth taking some extra exposures at – and + 4.

These are the steps I take when processing a HDR image using Photomatix.

Open Photomatix

Click on the “Generate HDR Image” button.

A new window opens – either, use the “browse” button to find the files you need or, drag the files from your browser directly into the window.

Click “ok”

Use the following settings..

If images were taken without a tripod (not recommended) or tripod movement was suspected then select “align source images”

Click “ok”

An image will appear – click ” tone mapping

Use the following settings as a starting point..

I always leave “strength” at 100

“colour saturation” can be adjusted as necessary.

For “smoothing” I almost always use “max”. I sometimes use “high” but anything less gives terrible results.

The “white point” and “black point” sliders can be adjusted as necessary. Open the histogram from the “view” menu and make sure the curve stays inside the box when adjusting the sliders.

I always leave the “gamma” setting at the default value of  1 and all the remaining settings can be set to 0.

It`s always worth experimenting with the various sliders but I find the above settings work best to give the most natural look.

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