Photomatix Pro 5

For those who missed it, HDRshoft released a new version of Photomatix Pro recently. Photomatix is one of the most popular HDR software available, and the new version brings few new algorithms to combine photos. I’ve been trying them out recently and they really bring Photomatix more towards the realistically looking results, which I think is great.

For those who already bought the Photomatix 4.0 or later, the upgrade is free, for those who are new to Photomatix, you can get the trial version on their download site. And if you want to buy it, don’t forget to use the code “HDRSHOOTER” for a 15% discount.

To see more about how to use Photomatix, feel free to check out my HDR tutorial.

Crazy skies

I had to check the original RAW few time to be sure that the sky was really like that and I made no error in the processing. But the clouds were really this crazy. They were broken up into small pieces and stripes and with the long exposures I needed, it created this. Still this was one stunning sunset.

I edited this with the new Photomatix Pro 5, with the new Contrast Optimizer algorithm. It gave me a nice even image to start my further edits from. I of course replaced most of the sky and the water from the original exposures, as combining removed all the details from there. After that I finished the image in Photoshop.
Crazy skies

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  • Technique: Photomati Pro + Manual blending
  • Number of exposures: 6
  • Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8
  • Focal length: 22mm
  • Aperture: 10
  • Middle exposure time: 8s
  • ISO: 100
  • Tripod used: yes


Where was this photo taken:

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