Photomatix Pro

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Photomatix Pro and Essentials are standalone programs running on Windows and Mac.

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Photomatix Pro review by <span>Peter V.</span>
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"Photmatix give the control that cameras don't"

What do you like best?

The degree of control over the image is far superior to in camera HDR processing. For images with very detailed light or dark areas, this range is absolutely necessary to get the desired image. It also gives the user the ability to be uber creative with photographs and create very surreal looking images if that's what you are after.

What do you dislike?

Depending on your hardware, this program might work somewhat slowly and lag a bit. I am running on a 7 year old mac pro and it does pretty well if there are no other memory hog programs open at the same time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you use Photoshop or in-camera HDR, consider Photomatix to speed up your process and produce great photographs or artwork.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Because of lighting and other restraints, i often have to do industrial photography of subjects in less than ideal lighting conditions. My old, pre-Photomatix method was to bracket a lot, then use Photoshop to choose the best exposure areas and blend them all together with masks. With Photomatix, this process is automated thus it saves me tons of time and creates a well-balanced and well-exposed end result.

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Photomatix Pro review by <span>Jason M.</span>
Jason M.
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"Photomatix Pro"

What do you like best?

One of my favorite aspects of Photomatix Pro is the direct plugin capability to Adobe Lightroom. When I am processing a large body of content, this plugin capability makes the workflow simple and quick compared to running multiple programs independently. One of the other positive features is the ability to process RAW image files, which is not always an included feature for other programs of this type.

What do you dislike?

As a standalone program, there are not a ton of manipulative settings. While this makes it great for simplicity and logistics, it leaves something to be desired for more advanced users. One other fault of this program is how long it takes to start up. It takes a couple of minutes to start up when first opening the application, so if you are in a hurry, this can certainly cause some stress.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely suggest that prospective customers download a free trial of Photomatix Pro and check out the features before purchasing. For my uses, this program is great and provides all of the functionality that I needed and expected.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is the exclusive program that I use for processing HDR (high dynamic range) photography, where I need to combine multiple images into a single image. Again, I love the plugin to Adobe Lightroom - this solves the issue of processing on the go. Without this capability it almost becomes necessary to have a secondary monitor, which is not always possible for me.

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Photomatix Pro review by <span>Gian Pietro D.</span>
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"one of my preferred HDR tools"

What do you like best?

First thing is that i can create an HDR shot from a single photo shot! The Essential version of this program has got an affordable price. It's better than other tools that i saw in the past. I really like the Exposure Fusion where details in highlights are taken from the underexposed photos and shadow detail from those overexposed, that's is very useful on making a great HDR shot!

What do you dislike?

I think that the price is high, for the complete version hof photomatix, because it's a good tool but not easy to understand at first time, it needs some practice for get the best results.

Sometimes a band is displayed around the picture after changing the shooting perspective

Recommendations to others considering the product

Is a good tool for merging multiple shots for create a good HDR picture, is integrated with Lightroom, and that's a cool thing!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows you to combine images taken using the integrated bracketing technique in many cameras. Sometimes helps me to create cool HDR pictures from only few shots or only one!

Automatic deghosting i think is a very cool options if there someting that is moving on your shots

Photomatix Pro review by User in Photography
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"Photomatix Pro is still the best software for HDR photography"

What do you like best?

Even with Google, Adobe, and the other big names in the photo processing world, none of them offer the versatility that Photomatix does. Not only are there far more processing options, but the results are far better. The batch editing feature is a life saver when processing a lot of photos.

What do you dislike?

Its RAW editing capability seems to be lacking, and I would like to see a few more fusion options, over tone mapping. Some of the sliders could go a little further

Recommendations to others considering the product

After testing Photoshop, the new Lightroom HDR, and Google's NIK HDR, and others, Photomatix pro is still the best, most versatile professional option

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Since integrating HDR into our business photography, like many photographers it started out a little too over processed. Which can be fun, but isn't appreciated as much. After learning the program over years however, the results have become striking, yet subtle in a way that isn't obvious.

Photomatix Pro review by <span>Bruce E.</span>
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"An intriguing HDR program that can aid in bring out the life of a photo"

What do you like best?

Photomatix Pro is a relatively easy HDR program for combining multiple photo exposure sets and editing tone mapping effects on photos. While its not completely polished as other editors, it can be integrated with Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. The program really makes it easy to produce some interesting effects, some which may look quite good and at other times not so great. The program is moderately fast and can work with both jpeg and raw file formats which can be a plus.

What do you dislike?

The interface leaves a great deal to be desired. The program has an interface that feels outdated and could use some work. It can also be less than intuitive to use. it really takes some tinkering with the settings to get good results. Often photos come out looking too vibrant with the basic settings.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely consider looking at alternatives and trying out a demo of the program before making a purchase.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The program works fairly well with raw files and this has helped with photo editing purposes. On the other hand, it can also help produce extra effects such as HDR tone mapping that are harder to create in other programs.

Photomatix Pro review by <span>Amir N.</span>
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"advanced HDR software"

What do you like best?

HDR has become very popular in the last few years and hdrsoft Photomatix was one of the first and most advanced HDR creation apps available.

it support either raw or jpeg files, but for the best quality you should use raw.

you can do processing to the files before the HDR merge, such as noise reduction and eliminate ghosting if there was movement between shots.

in the main interface you can either choose from preset hdr templates or select your own settings, normally I start with a template and customize it

I find Photomatix to be the most advanced hdr software i have used with endless customization options.

free trial is available.

What do you dislike?

I think currently the biggest problem with Photomatix is that google released the very good Nik HDR Efex pro for free, and while it is not as good imo, it is still a good hdr app.

I find the performance to be sluggish, mainly on a not very powerful machines. I also think more presets would be welcomed.

the interface takes time to learn, but, it is not overly complex.

the pricing was reasonable until last month when Nik became free...

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you get the trial, use it on a fast PC.

compare with nik hdr efex

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have tried photoshop own hdr, nik and I im constantly getting the best results with Photomatix.

make sure to have a powerful computer with a supported GPU to enjoy working with it.

Photomatix Pro review by User in Consumer Goods
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"Handles HDR Photo Editing Well"

What do you like best?

If you don't want to purchase an expensive Adobe product, go with Photomatix Pro. It handles photo editing very well and even allows closer editing for layering HDR photos.

What do you dislike?

Photomatix is a bit clunky and not as intuitive as other photo editing softwares. However, it gets the job done and does it well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Photomatix Pro is a good product for the money you spend. It's a good solution to photo editing and compressing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At one point in time, we were layering and editing several series of HDR photos. I found that Photomatix did a better job at compressing and post-compressed edits than some other programs.

Photomatix Pro review by <span>Eduard K.</span>
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"Best HDR software I got to experience!"

What do you like best?

Very intuitive user interface, easy to use navigation, and saving your presets is so handy. Also, it is awesome that this app is still being developed and updated every now and then.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was more control over merging and editing processes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It cannot get any faster and easier to merge photos to HDR than with Photomatix. Always try everything for yourself and see it with your own eyes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I do not solve any business problems with it. It is purely for personal use.

Photomatix Pro review by <span>Johnny S.</span>
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"A better HDR engine than Photoshop"

What do you like best?

The software is much more versatile in the results that it renders for HDR images.

What do you dislike?

The manual deghosting tool is a bit inaccurate. I wish I could select a window and replace with a lower exposure with accuracy

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just compare it next to Photoshop

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can generate realistic looking images, meaning not surreal, without using lights on location.

Photomatix Pro review by <span>Ying Kit L.</span>
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"Fairly straightforward."

What do you like best?

The features is easy to follow. The tools are ready and available to be used. Fairly straightforward

What do you dislike?

The preset available isn't appealing. I would have to re-create more presets to enhance my HDR Image.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would totally recommend Photomatix Pro to all photographers who capture their image with RAW file format.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was a landscape photographer and the benefits of using Photomatix Pro is to enhance my photo editing skills.

Photomatix Pro review by User in Arts and Crafts
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"Really a decent program if you need something free"

What do you like best?

its free and fairly easy to learn if you know your way around photo apps

What do you dislike?

Well its ok if you need something in a hurry free for one project , but even then your better off signing up for a free trial of photoshop

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need free quick photo editing , its ok ... you may want to consider a free trial of photoshop instead

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

simple photo editing

Photomatix Pro review by User in Motion Pictures and Film
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"A good editing software"

What do you like best?

It is easy to use and not hard to learn.

What do you dislike?

The design of it could have been better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick way to make interesting pictures

Photomatix Pro review by Agency in Motion Pictures and Film
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"HDR with ease"

What do you like best?

Professional results, fast and easy. It does the job I need it to do.

What do you dislike?

I'm very satisfied with this product and don't have any complaints.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It has one job, and it does it well!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it for HDR promotional photos.

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