Software

21 April 2017

Photomatix Pro 6 Beta now Available!

Posted in: finland, Photomatix Pro|

HDR image edited in Photomatix Pro 6

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:

https://www.hdrsoft.com/download/beta/photomatix-pro-6-beta.php

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:

hdr-photographer.com/hdr-tutorial/

23 March 2017

Photomatix Pro 6 is coming!

Posted in: finland, Photomatix Pro|

It was very difficult for me to keep this as a secret for much longer but I’m now allowed by my company to tell you this:

Photomatix Pro 6 is coming!

Finally 🙂 The release date hasn’t been announced yet and there is a lot of info I still can’t share with you at this point (like show you how the new UI looks for instance) but I’m allowed to talk a little bit about new features that will be available in Photomatix Pro 6 😉

One of them is new rendering method. And today I would like to share HDR image edited using this brand new rendering method, called Tone Balancer, which is especially useful if you’re after that natural look.  It means it’s perfect for landscape, architecture and real-estate photographers. It’s very easy to use and the results are really fantastic! I love it so much that it became one of my favourite rendering methods already (besides Contrast Optimizer, which is available since version 5).

BTW make sure to follow official Photomatix account on Facebook for news and updates. Especially if you don’t want to miss public beta tests which are expected in the future and in which everyone will be able to participate.

HDR photo edited with Photomatix Pro 6
16 December 2016

How to get old New Document window in Photoshop CC 2017?

Posted in: photoshop, tips|

How to get old New Document window in Photoshop CC 2017?

If you have recently installed Photoshop CC 2017, you have probably noticed completely new & shiny New Document window. You can see it in the screenshot below. Isn’t it beautiful?

New Document window in Photoshop CC 2017The problem for me is that this window is too fancy and it takes much more time to show than the legacy one. So I decided to turn it off and go back to the old one. So here’s a short tip on how to get it back in case you would also like to restore it:

  1. Go to Edit -> Preferences -> General… on Windows or Photoshop CC -> Preferences -> General… on Mac.
  2. Make sure “Use Legacy “New Document” Interface” checkbox is checked (marked in red in the screenshot below)
  3. Click on the OK button to confirm your changes.

Enabling old New Document window in Photoshop

5 December 2016

Free Presets for Capture One 10

Posted in: capture one, cuba, download, presets|

Free Presets for Capture One 10

Every once in a while I share some free presets on my blog.

And today, to celebrate recent release of Capture One 10, I decided to share a free collection of presets for Capture One. There are 22 different presets in this collection which should be good for landscape, architecture and some street portrait photography.

Download link

You can download the presets for free below:

 

BTW you can find more free presets here.

Installation instructions

To install the presets in Capture One 10, follow below instructions

  1. Download and unzip archive.
  2. Launch Capture One software.
  3. Go to Adjustments tab.
  4. In the “Styles & Presets” section click on the combo box and select “Import…” item.
  5. Navigate to the directory where you unzipped the presets, select all the presets you want and click on the Open button.

Example of using the preset

Below you can see example of the preset in action. Please note that apart from applying the preset (Architecture_Colonial) no additional post processing was used on this image. So with my presets you can create similar images very easily:

2 December 2016

Capture One 10 & Laundry in Havana

Posted in: capture one, cuba|

Capture One 10 released

Some great news – just yesterday my favorite RAW processor, Capture One was updated to version 10! I’ve been using Capture One 10 for some time already as I’m in the beta program and I must say I love it! With each release this powerful app becomes even more powerful enlarging the gap between Lightroom.

Capture One 10 review

You can read my full review of Capture One software below, now updated for version 10:

http://hdr-photographer.com/2015/09/capture-one-8-review-or-why-i-said-goodbye-to-lightroom/

New features in Capture One 10

The main features of this update are following:

  • Improved performance – I always loved how fast Capture One was. And you know what? It now became even faster!
  • New 3-phase sharpening tools:
    • “Diffraction correction” – input sharpening that corrects sharpening problems of a lens
    • Regular sharpening – it’s a normal sharpening tool similar to previous versions of Capture One. It still got some enhancements. First, there is new Halo suppression slider that reduces halo artifacts caused by sharpening. Second, sharpening can now be added as a local adjustment so it’s possible to apply different sharpening to different parts of the image, which is great!
    • Output sharpening – you can also apply sharpening specifically for your output recipe (e.g. different for web, for full-size image or for print).
  • Camera Focus tool – although I hardly ever shoot tethered (although this changes as I’m playing with light recently in my small home studio) I think it’s a great feature. You can now adjust focus manually in tethered shooting mode. Both Sony, Nikon, Canon and PhaseOne cameras are supported.
  • Support for compressed RAW file formats like Canon sRAW or Nikon RAW M.
  • Some changes to the default workspace. For example photo browser is now on the right-hand side of the screen.

Laundry in Havana

I always liked colonial architecture and was very happy to see it in Cuba. Although you can generally find it across whole country, in Havana you will the most beautiful and most monumental pieces of it. And the best thing of all is that it’s still used – not only for museums – for hotels, restaurants but also people live there.

Laundry in Havana

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2 November 2016

Photomatix FX for iPhone is out!

Posted in: photomatix, photomatix fx|

Photomatix FX adjustmentsPhotomatix FX for iPhone

I have some interesting news for you today guys 🙂

At HDRsoft we have just released Photomatix FX for iPhone!

It’s a free and easy to use app which uses powerful prioprietary Photomatix Pro technology to enhance single photos taken with your phone (or ones that are stored in its memory). Additionally it lets you make some basic edits like contrast, brightness, temperature, saturation adjustments, crop and rotation. Once you’re happy with your image, you can easily share it on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram or save it to your iPhone memory.

Main FeaturesPhotomatix FX home screen

Main features of Photomatix FX app are listed below:

  • It includes 6 photo enhancement effects: ‘Balanced’, ‘Enhanced’, ‘Vibrant’, ‘Painterly’, ‘Surreal’ and ‘Grunge’ that let you achieve any image style – from natural to painterly.
  • After selecting the effect you can apply some adjustments to the image which include: Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Warmth, Strength, Cropping and Rotation.
  • There is a single paid adjustment, Strength, which lets you control strength of the Effects adjustments. You can get this paid adjustment for 1.99 USD.
  • Of course at any time you can compare your edited image with original photo to see what changes you made.
  • Once you finished editing, the photo can be shared with your friends via Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and Twitter or saved to iPhone memory.

Get Photomatix FX for iPhone

The app is completely free (but it also includes one purchasable adjustment, Strength, at the moment).

You can get it from iOS App Store:

https://hdrsoft.com/fx

22 July 2016

Photomatix OneShot

Posted in: photomatix|

Photomatix OneShot officially released

Photomatix OneShotJust 2 weeks ago I shared with you news about Photomatix for Linux, and today I would like to mention that another product has just joined Photomatix family.

This time it’s called Photomatix OneShot. It’s an easy to use app that lets you apply Photomatix magic to single images (so it isn’t HDR this time).

Key features are:

  • Photomatix OneShot includes stand-alone app and extension for Apple Photos app,
  • A lot of built-in presets to get you started,
  • Adjustment sliders to let you fine-tune settings to your liking,
  • Advanced denoising algorithm to reduce any noise in your source images,
  • Finishing options to improve contrast and sharpness of your image,
  • Photomatix OneShot is currently Mac only but Windows version is in the works.

The license costs just 19 USD.

If you would like to learn more about Photomatix OneShot or download free trial (it never expires but adds watermark to the saved images), visit below website:

http://www.hdrsoft.com/download/photomatix-oneshot.html

11 July 2016

Photomatix for Linux. Photomatix coming to Linux

Posted in: photomatix|

Photomatix for Linux

Photomatix for Linux

A bit different post today 🙂

Just a few days ago HDRsoft, company I’m working for, released new product – Photomatix for Linux which is basically what the name says – Photomatix targeted for Linux OS.

It has many pro features, including excellent tone-mappers known from Photomatix Pro, image alignment and deghosting (automatic only), Fusion/Natural exposure fusion method and batch processing. And much more.

Currently, supported distributions include Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

There is now launch promotion that lets you buy Photomatix for Linux for just $24.50! It’s off 50% from regular price which is set at $49. The promotion is valid until 31st August.

So if you’re using Linux OS, you can get Photomatix for Linux here:

http://www.hdrsoft.com/order.php

You can also download trial version (it never expires but adds watermarks to the saved photos) below:

http://www.hdrsoft.com/download/photomatix-linux.html

BTW to the left of this text you can see lovely icon used by Photomatix for Linux 🙂