I thought I’d play around with a program called Photomatix Pro, which allows you to create High Dynamic Range (HDR) images. It’s a program I have had for a while, but haven’t really used. In my (little) experience using it, it’s best to use bracketed photos (three versions of the same photo each with a different exposure). The bracketed images are compressed to create a final image with vibrant color and saturated high, mid, and low tones. There’s also an option to augment single photos. This morning I sat down and played with some recent, unbracketed, photos. HDR is a popular look right now, much like soft filters and vignettes were in the late 80’s/early 90’s. It’s not my favorite form of image manipulation, I’m more of a traditionalist and prefer minimally “doctored” photos to the hyper-saturated look of many HDR images. I strive to use my photography to recreate what I see naturally. But, it’s still fun to play with from time to time.
Below are the original photos, followed by the HDR version.
I really only spent a few moments importing the images I wanted and performed a batch change. I am by no means a pro at this sort of thing, just trying something new and I wanted to share. I hope you enjoyed it.