If you have ever photographed a high contrast scene, you know that even the best exposure will typically have blown out highlights and flat shadows. Photomatix offers two ways to solve this problem: Exposure Blending: Merge differently exposed photographs into one image with increased dynamic range. Tone Mapping: Reveal highlight and shadow details in an HDR image created from multiple exposures. The tone mapped image is ready for printing while showing the complete dynamic range captured.
Saving on lighting equipment
Given that most digital cameras can auto-bracket at different exposures, you do not need to acquire expensive lighting equipment -and carry it- when shooting high contrast scenes. Just enable Auto Exposure Bracketing, and let Photomatix merge your photos into an image with extended dynamic range.
Saving time in post-processing
Photomatix Pro is designed for productivity -- automatic blending, unlimited stacking, easy comparison of results and batch processing save hours of masking and layers work in image editing programs.
Taking advantage of your 32-bit images
Have you created a 32-bit HDR image in Photoshop CS2 and could not get a good HDR conversion? The Photomatix Tone Mapping tool may help. See how it compares to Photoshop CS2 HDR conversion.
Great pictures on cloudy days
Shadowless hazy sunlight or an overcast sky usually results in dull-looking photographs. The tone mapping tool of Photomatix Pro can turn them into great-looking images. Check this image as example.
The Exposure Blending functions of Photomatix Pro merge any number of bracketed photos -- this process is equivalent to image stacking, which tends to reduce noise in the resulting image.
Well exposed panoramas
A panoramic scene is almost always a high contrast scene -- you can't limit your view to areas with the same brightness when shooting a 360° panorama. By taking views under several exposures and processing them in Photomatix Pro, you can create a panorama that will show details in both the dark and bright areas of the scene.
18-Nov-10 - Updated in v4.0.2:-
Added support for RAW files of new camera models such as the Canon 60D and G12, Nikon D7000, Olympus E-5, and Pentax K-r and K-5 among others.
Bug fixed: Preset Thumbnails panel did not show a scrollbar upon selecting the "My Presets" tab when a scrollbar was not needed to display the initial built-in presets.
Bug fixed: The preview was not color managed in the case of the Exposure Fusion methods.
Bug fixed: On the Lightroom plug-in dialog, the "Crop resulting images" and "Align images" options were not sticky.
Bug fixed: When selective deghosting tool had been invoked but no region marked as ghosted, an error was returned when using the Loupe on the tonemapping/fusion preview.
Bug fixed: The exposure fusion settings were not correctly embedded in the resulting images.
Bug fixed: Browse dialog was crashing under Windows 98 or 2000.
Bug fixed: Mouse wheel was not taken into account on the Preset Thumbnails panel.
Bug fixed: The batch processing did not recognize the NRW raw file extension.