Photomatix Pro 6 has been in the works for many months now, and today public beta has been released. It means you can finally try it out! BTW above image from Finland (as well as this photo) was rendered in Photomatix Pro 6, and I used some of the features introduced in it to get the desired result faster and easier.
You can download Photomatix Pro 6 beta here:
Below is the list of the main updates introduced in Photomatix Pro 6:
- New realistic rendering method – Tone Balancer. It’s perfect for landscape and architecture work in my opinion. Since it was added, it became one of my favourite rendering methods along Contrast Optimizer.
- Individual colour adjustments – you can now edit each colour’s (e.g. yellow or blue) hue, saturation and brightness instead of just global settings. Useful if you find one colour too saturated for instance, but also if you want to adjust colours for artistic reasons (e.g. to make the sky bluer or to turn the summertime photo to autumn). I love this feature!
- Ability to blend HDR image with one of the source photos to achieve a more realistic look.
- Brush Tool allowing to apply colour or blending selectively.
- Straightening and distortion correction tool.
- Lens correction when loading RAW files.
- More intuitive workflow.
- UI overhaul.
- Endless bug fixes and minor improvements.
Of course, you have to be aware that beta means that there are still bugs and issues and that mean that beta should be used for testing purposes only (i.e. you shouldn’t use it for production work yet).
If you would like to get started with Photomatix or HDR photography, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial: