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08-04-2013, 07:27 AM   #1
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HDR Efex or Photomatrix for a complete novice

I see there have been some threads regarding the pros and cons of the HDR Efex and Photomatrix. But for a first timer is there one that would be considered a preference? I do like the fact that Photomatix Pro is a stand alone but I have LR5 and CS4 Which I am updating to CS6. That being said does the HDR Efex pulg in with LR5? Any feedback would be welcomed. I think my best bet will be to download a free trial and go from there but again any one who has used these and could give me a few pointers would be highly appreciated. Thank you again for your time as always.



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I think you can do a free 30 day trial for both. I like both but if I have to choose one, I'd pick the Photomatix mainly for personal preference.

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EDIT - D'oh I see that you already know about the free trial. I need to read the whole post don't I?
Have you looked at sample pics from both? Others here may disagree but they kinda have their own flavors. Both allow you to modify effects strength,
black levels etc. I typically finish off HDR back in LR so I guess either program would work but that's just me.

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Thank you for the quick response! That may be my best bet. I know ghosting has been mentioned as one of the downfalls I believe for HDR Efex?
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Re-read my previous post. I did a quick edit.

In my experience, ghosting is typically user error. if you just make sure you don't move the camera as it is taking the 2nd or 3rd pic, then ghosting isn't a big problem.

You could also try a pseudo HDR. Take 1 pic that is a bit underexposed and allow either program to do its magic.

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Thank you again for your help and a single shot would make it an easier start.
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Be sure to post some sample pics when you're ready.

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QuoteOriginally posted by macrogrl06 Quote
Thank you for the quick response! That may be my best bet. I know ghosting has been mentioned as one of the downfalls I believe for HDR Efex?
This a plus for HDR effex actually because you can also use photoshop to merge the images into a 32bit file and HDR effex makes it into 16 bit. So you've several options.
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