I’m still a bad photographer, as what my present photos will show, but luckily today’s advancement in digital cameras complemented with sophisticated photo editing software is on my side.
Normally, the reason we take pictures is such that, we are attracted to the view so much that we would like to have a sort of memento to remember it by. But most of the time, the resulting image does not capture what the scene or scenery was really like. It was my dilemma, so I searched hard to find how to remedy it. I keep seeing very nice photos of people at Flickr and when I ask how they create those beautiful shots – mostly would say that besides learning how to make shutter speed, ISO, aperture and white balance in almost perfect sync – a little bit of post process tinkering was also involved.
That’s when I started my search for an easy to use, affordable photo processing software. Photoshop is out because of the learning curve involved. I know that it is the best, but all I want is to make my photos pleasing and the colors to be more alive and vibrant, so I don’t really need a very sophisticated software.
And so recently, I purchased a copy of Photomatix Essentials photo editor after days of searching for an easier way to edit my photos. I discovered this software accidentally while looking at some really nice samples of photos from Flickr, which I learned, is really a HDR software.
(HDR or high dynamic range imaging is a technique in photography that uses 3 different exposures of the same image to be interlapped and then come out with a single, processed image as the final photo. Wikipedia has an extensive explanation of the method, if you want to explore more about it.)
Anyway, in my search, I found out that many photography enthusiast who are into HDR are in praise of the software but I’m not sure if it will work on just single exposures only. Good thing is, a trial is available for those who are interested in the software, so I downloaded it and tried on some of the photos in my hard drive.
I was so satisfied with the outcome of most of my photos after editing them with Photomatix Essentials that I purchased it after only testing on three of my images.
Take a look at the images below for a before and after result after processing with Photomatix – using only the default results and without any adjustments done:
The best thing I liked about Photomatix, in contrast with Photoshop is that the software automatically comes up with results that you can use as is, without further tweaking – like in the photos above. However, if you’re not really satisfied with the softwares’ outcome, there is an option for you to edit the photo/s using the built-in editing sliders in Photomatix.
Below is an example of a photo that I tweaked further to come out with the result I am satisfied with:
So far, Photomatix Essentials photo editing software is satisfactorily helping me edit my favorite photos very quickly. I already like the very basic version but I will soon upgrade to the Pro version once I get the hang of the its advanced tone-mapping features.