Been a while since I’ve posted a blog on HDR, so whatever audience I had before, I may well be posting into the wilderness.
Anyway, the point of the post is I’ve not been to far away from HDR in some shape or form. Having taking up Lightroom more seriously over the last 18 months, I was able to create a “faux” HDR and the results weren’t too bad. As long as you are not tempted to pump up that saturation, which some just love to do, your results will get good mileage.
I stumbled upon a post talking up Photomatix and their Merge to 32-bit HDR Plugin for Lightroom. Being familiar with Photomatix I thought that maybe, just maybe, this would be worth a look at. The video that came along with the post got me excited, Not because of what it produced but the fact that I could group the different exposed images right within Lightroom, but it would return it right there, no need to leave the program, or even open up Photoshop, surely that workflow would interest anyone.
So I downloaded the sample (which works perfect, although there is the watermark) but you do get to see how it will perform. Processing the image in LR is a breeze.
I also downloaded their sample images to see it in action on my own computer, suffice to say, I went back to the site and purchased on the spot. I’m far from a compulsive buyer (been know to mull for months before parting with $$$) so obviously it made an immediate impact.
Time to go back and find a time when I did some multiple exposures with HDR in mind (and never did anything with it)
How often will I use it? Probably more now because of ease of use.
Oh, and for this plugin ( you must have LR) a mere $25US (even less if you can find a discount code, like Trey Ratcliffe’s blog)
and here it is, taken in 2012, so as you can see HDR was way off on the back burner.
For anyone who does read this, I would encourage you to at least download the trial version and run through some of your own images.