Best HDR Software?

dlleno

EOS 7D MK II
Mar 23, 2012
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Nik has improved their alignment and ghosting code quite impressively and I happen to like their UI. I'm seeing surprisingly good performance with 5 frame handheld shots believe it or not. IS is the lifesaver
 

xvilamanya

3D and HDR amateur
Oct 23, 2013
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serfotografo.es
Harry Muff said:
xvilamanya said:
Wait for a new Photomatix Pro 5. Better performance and two new presets for real HDR: Balanced & Real State
I've tried at: http://serfotografo.es/fotoshdr/photomatix-pro-5/

Does the result match the preview now? I just couldn't get past that. What's the point of adjusting all those sliders when it's going to export another result to what you saw in the program?


Photoshop gives you what you saw and so does HDR Efex Pro 2.
In my computer, Photomatix Pro (versions 4 and 5) matches the preview and the result. The result, in version 4, was more sharpen but looks equal.
 

bluenoser1993

EOS RP
Jul 11, 2012
200
2
I'm looking to buy PtGui for the pano aspect, but is it also a capable HDR program? It is advertised as HDR stitching software, but video tutorials I've watched seem to use a work flow that is about blend plains in PtGui, then processing in other software. Am I missing something before I make the purchase, or is it just a matter of preference and the one program can do the whole thing?
 

BeenThere

EOS 6D MK II
Sep 4, 2012
840
166
bluenoser1993 said:
I'm looking to buy PtGui for the pano aspect, but is it also a capable HDR program? It is advertised as HDR stitching software, but video tutorials I've watched seem to use a work flow that is about blend plains in PtGui, then processing in other software. Am I missing something before I make the purchase, or is it just a matter of preference and the one program can do the whole thing?
You can take your HDR brackets for each pano shot into PtGui and have it stitch together a 32 bit HDR pano. Save this Pano and then take the saved high bit pano into Photoshop and use the NiK HDR plug-in on the high bit image to tone map it into a standard tif format image. I've used this process many times and it works well for me. You can see some of my sunset panos done this way in the sunrise-sunset gallery at www.ronbrunsvold.com
 

privatebydesign

Would you take advice from a cartoons stuffed toy?
Jan 29, 2011
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BeenThere said:
bluenoser1993 said:
I'm looking to buy PtGui for the pano aspect, but is it also a capable HDR program? It is advertised as HDR stitching software, but video tutorials I've watched seem to use a work flow that is about blend plains in PtGui, then processing in other software. Am I missing something before I make the purchase, or is it just a matter of preference and the one program can do the whole thing?
You can take your HDR brackets for each pano shot into PtGui and have it stitch together a 32 bit HDR pano. Save this Pano and then take the saved high bit pano into Photoshop and use the NiK HDR plug-in on the high bit image to tone map it into a standard tif format image. I've used this process many times and it works well for me. You can see some of my sunset panos done this way in the sunrise-sunset gallery at www.ronbrunsvold.com
Both CS6 and Lightroom 5 (and maybe 4) can process the 32 bit file, no need for NiK if you have those.
 

bluenoser1993

EOS RP
Jul 11, 2012
200
2
So would it be a choice between LR 5 and the NIK suite, or are both required? I use Aperture and I'm looking for HDR capability, as well as pano. In addition to the HDR, is the sharpening and noise reduction that much different as compared to Aperture? I like the object removal tool of LR, but want a capable HDR program that will do the work I need on the files from PtGui. Trying to figure out what software I need/want I find I'm going in circles. :-[
 

privatebydesign

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Jan 29, 2011
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bluenoser1993 said:
So would it be a choice between LR 5 and the NIK suite, or are both required? I use Aperture and I'm looking for HDR capability, as well as pano. In addition to the HDR, is the sharpening and noise reduction that much different as compared to Aperture? I like the object removal tool of LR, but want a capable HDR program that will do the work I need on the files from PtGui. Trying to figure out what software I need/want I find I'm going in circles. :-[
I haven't used Nik, but Lightroom can definitely fully process a 32bit file and there would be no need for anything else.
 
Jun 28, 2017
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As for me, the best HDR editor is https://aurorahdr.com. What I really like about it is that they update it regularly and launch special offers.
NIK was also good, but it'll die without Google's support in the nearest future.
 

stevelee

FT-QL
Jul 6, 2017
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I've tried some dedicated software, and I've used Photoshop. I haven't got past interface issues where I think I am getting a certain look from the 32-bit stage, but then in the step back to 16-bit I can't maintain it.

Recently I've been using Adobe Bridge in Filmstrip mode. The result then is treated with normal (to me) ACR controls. So I feel like I understand what I am doing and have predictable results. I'm usually aiming for something that approximates what I remember the scene looked like in person, rather than aiming for something surreal. I usually find that bracketing in 1 1/3 stop increments works well for my purposes.