HDR and Photomatix

Anthony Hitchings

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Gold Supporting Member
Mar 2, 2019
Oakland, California
I have been looking in to High dynamic Range (HDR) imaging, becasue some of my canyon photos have bright rock faces and dark alcoves. A set of photos with different exposures (called bracketing) is needed for the HDR process. Some cameras can do the entire process in-camera. Other cameras can only do the bracketing. My Nikon D3300 does nothing.

So I downloaded the free trial of Photomatix and took a few sets of three or 5 images (manually bracketing) , and ran them thru photomatix - the results are impressive and effortless to obtain. But hand-holding makes me think that the end result is more fuzzy than it needs to be - at least for foilage. So a tripod is warranted in some cases.

For my evening after-dinner walk with DW, I grabbed on old P&S Nikon P310, and was fiddling with it while DW took a small detour to our local puzzle library. Lo and behold - the little P&S has auto-bracketing built in (max of +/- 1 stop). So I took two sets of three; processed them at home, and was pleased with the result.

I have not experimented with the other controls in Photomatix - the initial result may look a little flat and unatural - depending on the lighting (not always) - and the controls allow you to play with the lighting in the scene - effortlessly according to the turorial on line.

One end-result attached/

So in-between working on your camper, you might look into this.


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Nov 11, 2006
South Central Texas
I'm not much for post editing, but I have had success with a prime 50mm (aka nifty fifty) on my Nikon D90. It does well on landscape shots that don't include a lot of foreground.

It's affordable, I think I paid less than $50 years ago. It has a huge aperture (fast 1.8 or 2.0) and really brings out the detail in low level light situations. The depth of field is incredible.

The drawback is, of course, no zoom so it takes a bit more work to frame things.

I don't do much post editing, but I did play with a Tilt Shift filter once that I thought was a lot of fun.

Good Luck, have fun!