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01-16-2017, 01:49 PM   #1
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Photomatix vs Raya Pro

Hello everyone,

Looking to get some advice again. I don't really do a lot of landscape photography right now, but I might start doing more in the future (that's the hope, at least). I've also done some interior real estate photography for a friend of mine who does real estate.

I just happened upon the Raya Pro software (I guess actions would be more accurate) and the Photomatix software. They both seem really powerful and useful in a pinch. I know doing full manual will always (usually) offer the best results, but I don't plan on doing that type of photography enough where the techniques would become second nature, so automation could be best for me. I wouldn't want to buy both, but I could see myself buying one and being pretty happy about doing so. I guess my question is, which should I buy?

Raya Pro seems to focus on layer masking, while Photomatix is HDR software. Both seem to have their advantages. Raya Pro seems to allow more customization (potentially more powerful), while Photomatix seems faster. Does anyone use one, or both, of these? They seem to be competing products, but maybe I'm just not understanding them enough.

In case anyone wants to read up more on them, here are links to the products' websites:
Photomatix
Raya Pro

As always, thank you all for all of your help!

01-16-2017, 05:50 PM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by reivax Quote
Hello everyone,

Looking to get some advice again. I don't really do a lot of landscape photography right now, but I might start doing more in the future (that's the hope, at least). I've also done some interior real estate photography for a friend of mine who does real estate.

I just happened upon the Raya Pro software (I guess actions would be more accurate) and the Photomatix software. They both seem really powerful and useful in a pinch. I know doing full manual will always (usually) offer the best results, but I don't plan on doing that type of photography enough where the techniques would become second nature, so automation could be best for me. I wouldn't want to buy both, but I could see myself buying one and being pretty happy about doing so. I guess my question is, which should I buy?

Raya Pro seems to focus on layer masking, while Photomatix is HDR software. Both seem to have their advantages. Raya Pro seems to allow more customization (potentially more powerful), while Photomatix seems faster. Does anyone use one, or both, of these? They seem to be competing products, but maybe I'm just not understanding them enough.

In case anyone wants to read up more on them, here are links to the products' websites:
Photomatix
Raya Pro

As always, thank you all for all of your help!
What computer operating system do you use?

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What computer operating system do you use?

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I use Windows. I get the feeling you're going to recommend Aurora HDR? I came upon that about an hour ago. No Windows version for now, but I guess one is coming soon? Is it much better than the two other options I listed earlier?
01-16-2017, 07:33 PM   #4
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You read my mind through the ether! Specifically Aurora 2017. It is almost exponentially better than NIK and Photomatix, both of which I had been using for years. So much control, and just a lot of fun to use.

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