a30 September 2014

Photomatix Essentials 4.0 is out

Photomatix Essentials 4.0 is out

Photomatix Essentials, a smaller brother of Photomatix Pro, has been just updated to version 4.0! You can find more on its page.

This new version adds a lot of features and changes and here are just the most important of them:
  • Addition of new tone-mapping method: Contrast Optimizer which produces realistic & natural looking images. If you follow my work - this is tone-mapping method I recently use 90% of time.
  • Addition of Step 3 window in which users can now apply contrast adjustments and sharpening prior to saving the image.
  • Addition of option to refresh preview continuously as slider moves (64-bit version only).
  • Addition of Preview checkbox in Step 2 that allows comparing tone-mapped/fused image to the original one.
  • GUI overhaul for better user experience :)
You can get Photomatix Essentials 4.0 as well as full list of changes from HDRsoft website. If you bought earlier version of Photomatix Essentials in the past, this upgrade will be free of charge for you.
Photomatix Essentials 4.0

Daily photo - Under the Bridge

Today photo was taken during sunset in Warsaw near Grot-Rowecki's Bridge. It's a HDR from 7 exposures, tone-mapped in Photomatix Pro using Contrast Optimizer processing method (this method has been just added to Photomatix Essentials 4!).
Under the bridge

Camera Info

Finally some EXIF info:
Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review here)
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure time: 1/25 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1.0 EV
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity

Where was this photo taken:

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