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.