Evaluating New HDR Software

The first time I merged multiple exposures into a single image I used Adobe Photoshop Merge to HDR Pro.  Let’s just say that as excited as I was, it was a tad disappointing.  I saw potential though.  Eventually I couldn’t help but use what everybody else seemed to be using – HDRSoft Photomatix Pro.  Now we were on to something.

There was a period of time when I processed most of my sets in both applications to see which one handled which types of pictures better.  That was a brief period.  It wasn’t long before I simply processed everything in Photomatix.  And so it went . . . until yesterday.  I couldn’t help but notice that, as I studied more about HDR, I kept seeing Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro being mentioned.  So I downloaded a trial version and started playing around.

Which one do you like better?

Using the same source files, my goal was to get the final image looking close to what I wanted.  Meaning, none of these were processed using default settings.  All were post-processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to get them looking as good as possible.

Please understand that this isn’t meant to be a thorough review or comparison of any of these products.  Just thought you’d like to see a side-by-side (by-side) comparison.

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