photomatix

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

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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

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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 🙂

22 December 2015

New HDR tutorial: Learn how to create realistic HDR photos

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New HDR tutorial

Here’s a little Christmas gift for all my readers 😉

It’s been several years since I published first version of my HDR tutorial. During that time thousands of photographers have read it (tutorial has around 100.000 views, excluding PDF versions) and learnt my approach to HDR photography. But recently I haven’t done any serious changes to it, just cosmetic corrections.

So for last few months I was working busily on a complete overhaul of it – with new techniques, tips and a lot of new sample photos. I also wanted to update tutorial for new version of Photomatix Pro (5.1), which was released earlier this year.

And I’m happy to announce that this new version is now ready for you to read, below:

http://hdr-photographer.com/hdr-tutorial/

Here’s short summary of changes:

  • Completely new section about advanced HDR techniques in which I write a few words for instance about HDR panoramas or long exposure HDR photography,
  • Addition of Sample HDR photos section – if you don’t have bracketed photos yet, you can play with some images taken by me – the list of the available images grows slowly and I hope everyone will find something for himself – check the list from time to time to find new images,
  • Tutorial is now updated for Photomatix Pro 5.1, which is the most recent version,
  • Updated structure of the tutorial, move some sub-sections and paragraphs around,
  • Added tonnes of new tips, definitions and explanations to make HDR tutorial even easier to understand,
  • Minor corrections and updates.

Please also note that it isn’t the end of changes – I intend to add several new things to the tutorial in the few next weeks. Also if there is something you would like to see added, let me know.

I hope you will enjoy this updated version 🙂

Sunset in Warsaw

27 November 2015

Photomatix Pro Black Friday Deal

Posted in: hdr, london, long-exposure, photomatix, Photomatix Pro|

Photomatix Pro Black Friday Deal

If you have considered getting yourself Photomatix Pro or Essentials, now might be the best time to purchase it as HDRsoft offers 25% Black Friday deal on its website. To get it:

  1. Visit HDRsoft website.
  2. During check-out use following coupon code to apply your discount: BLF2015

Note: the coupon is valid until 6th of December!

And to get you started with Photomatix, I highly recommend my free HDR tutorial: http://hdr-photographer.com/hdr-tutorial/

Blue hour in London

Today I’d like to share a bit older high dynamic range image taken near Tower Bridge in London. As you can see I wasn’t the only one photographing on that day. Despite most of the photographers already left (many leave as soon as sunset finishes – big mistake!) but there were still a few taking photos.

Blue hour in London (more…)

28 September 2015

FAQ on Photomatix and HDR by HDRsoft

Posted in: hdr, long-exposure, photomatix, Photomatix Pro, warsaw|

FAQ on Photomatix and HDR photography

I’m not sure if you’re aware of this but on HDRsoft website there is excellent FAQ section on Photomatix and HDR photography in general.

Of course many questions & answers are related to using Photomatix or issues that you could potentially run into but there are also some more general questions like: “What is the ideal exposure spacing?”, “How do I capture a very high contrast scene?” or “I am getting noisy results. Is there a way to avoid this?” – each with very detailed answer that should help you in making your HDR photos better!

So if you have questions about HDR photography make sure to visit that FAQ as there is a chance it’ll answer them. Of course if it doesn’t you can always try asking me here on my blog and I will try to provide as detailed answer as possible (provided I know it of course 🙂 )

You can visit the FAQ under the URL below:

http://www.hdrsoft.com/support/faq_photomatix.html

Featured photo – Busy morning in Warsaw

Today I have a sunrise image from Warsaw for you. It’s a light trails image taken during Sunday sunrise so I didn’t expect much traffic but quite to my surprise there were quite a few cars there on the streets already. I took 44 exposures in total in this case – 5 of them were bracketed images to create HDR photo (and make shadows brighther because they were almost pitch black) and remaining 39 frames were used to create light trails by blending the images together in Photoshop.

If you would like to create such photos yourself, make sure to read my HDR tutorial.

Busy morning in Warsaw (more…)

5 September 2015

Photomatix Pro 5.1 is out! Favorite presets, new slider and more

Posted in: architecture, Chania, crete, hdr, photomatix|

Chania at Night

Today Photomatix Pro 5.1, new version of software I use to create all my HDR photos, was officially released by HDRsoft. You can download it from HDRsoft website:

http://www.hdrsoft.com/download/pmp.html

Of course update is free for all licensed users of Photomatix Pro 5.

The list of most important updates is below:

  • Favorite presets – you can now ‘star’ your favorite presets to get quicker access to them. To do this, just click on the little star icon located in the left-bottom corner of the preset thumbnail. After that you can switch to Favorite presets category to see only presets you marked as favorite.
  • New presets category: Architecture – this new category lists presets especially useful for architecture and real-estate photographers. At the same time two completely new presets were added (‘Interior 3’ and ‘Smooth 3’) that you will both find under Architecture category.
  • Fusion/Real-Estate was renamed to Fusion/Interior
  • Brightness slider added to Fusion/Interior – If you have ever found images from Fusion/Interior too dark, this slider will help you fix that easily.
  • Batch bracketed now allows you to select base exposure used for deghosting
  • Alignment presets – when aligning your bracketed images you can now select preset (such as hand-held, on tripod and a few more) instead of choosing alignment method
  • Support for RAWs from recent cameras including Canon 5DS and 5DS R, Canon 750D/760D as well as Nikon D7200 and many other camera models.
  • User interface of batch windows was redesigned to make it easier to use.
  • Bug fixes

I will also soon update my HDR tutorial to reflect changes introduced in Photomatix Pro 5.1 – I’ll let you know once it’s done.

8 April 2015

HDR Photo Contest by Photomatix

Posted in: contest, hdr, landscape, long-exposure, photomatix, thailand|

HDR Photo Contest by Photomatix

Do you make HDR photos? Do you use Photomatix? If answer to either of these questions is ‘yes’, you might want to enter this competition
which is held by Photomatix team (I just mention it here).

How to enter the contest?

What you need to do to enter the contest is to edit one of your images in any of Photomatix products (eg. Pro, Essentials or Photoshop Plugin) and submit them on the contest page before 21st June 2015 to one or two categories which are Realistic and Creative HDR. You may submit 3 entries per each category – 6 photos in total.
BTW if you don’t have Photomatix software, you can use trial version which can be downloaded from HDRsoft website. The fact there will be watermark present on your images won’t affect jury decision in any way.
There are other requirements for photos entering the contest, so make sure to read the rules before sending them.

Prizes

What you can win? In each category main prize is 500 USD Amazon Gift Card (good to buy some photo equipment 😉 ) and Photomatix Pro Plus bundle license. If you’re unlucky and come 2nd place you will win 200 USD Amazon Gift Card (still enough to buy some photo equipment 🙂 ) and Photomatix Pro license.

What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for? Edit your images and enter the contest!BTW, if you don’t know how to use Photomatix, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial about it to get started. I hope that, it will help you a little bit.

Daily photo – Silent sunrise

Today I would like to share another landscape photo from Thailand. The one below was taken on a beautiful and peaceful island of Koh Lipe in Satun province very close to Malaysian border. It was just before sunrise and amazing purple & magenta tones started to appear on the sky and water. I used 30 seconds exposure here to blur any ripples and waves and thus create very tranquil atmosphere.
Silent sunrise

And finally EXIF info for this image:
Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 35 mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure time: 30.0 s
ISO: 200
Number of exposures: 1
E.V. Step: n/a
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: long-exposure, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Lightroom 5.7, Photoshop CC 2014, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Detail