Photomatix

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Wow.  I mean, really, wow!  Did I say Wow?  I haven't got this excited over a piece of software for a long time.   But, Bryce Mohan gave us a look at one of his secret weapons, Photomatix. 

I was going to write a Beginner's tutorial on using the HDR (High Dynamic Range) function in Photoshop CS3.

But based on Bryce's recommendation, I downloaded and installed Photomatix.  (Free trial download, then $99.00 to register)  I think I like it.  Alot.  Give me a few days to play with it, then I'll report back.

I'm a registered owner/user of Photoshop CS3.  I also own/use Photoshop Elements 5.  This might be heresy, but I could see an agent/property photographer getting by with Elements($72.99) plus Photomatix($99.00) instead of Photoshop CS3($629.99)

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Rainmaker
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Ted Baker
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Cheryl - I will look forward to your more detailed evaluation.

It looks like this would be an excellent situation to use the auto-bracketing function on many of the D-SLR's that provides 3 exposures for each press of the trigger - your current settings, one step up and one step down on exposure.  As I have written about the merits of the Nikon D-40 as an entry level D-SLR, now may be a good time to mention that the auto-bracketing feature is one of the features we gave up for the price point.   

September 18, 2007 11:50 PM
Rainmaker
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Cheryl Johnson
Cheryl Johnson, Bob Taylor Properties, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Ted - I have been so swamped with stuff-to-do in the offline world, I haven't had a good chance to work with Photomatic yet.  From what little time I have spent on it, I see, as George suggested, that a tripod is a very good idea, since the positioning of objects in the images pretty much needs to match up in each image, unless you like ghosts -- like this:

Oops.  (You can stop giggling now, Bryce)  However, I can see that the tone quality of final result will be quite pleasing.  This was done using Combine -> Highlight & Shadows, rather than HDR -> Generate.

Ted -- Yes using photos shot with auto-bracketing makes a lot of sense.   Auto-bracketed images were NOT used in my ghostly sample, nor was a tripod, and as you see, I moved around a bit between snapping the shots.

September 19, 2007 05:39 AM
Rainer
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Joyce Heffner-Williams
Owner/Broker/EcoBroker - Monument Real Estate
Keller Williams Client's Choice Realty - Colorado
Never messed with Photoshop much.  With digital photography I can almost always get the shot right while shooting.

Looks like a great program and I will check it out...
September 21, 2007 10:00 AM
Anonymous #17
Anonymous
Atlanta Houses

thanks for your efforts

December 05, 2008 06:03 AM
Anonymous #18
Anonymous
Discounted Houses

thanks

December 05, 2008 06:08 AM
Rainmaker
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