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HDR image (created from the 3 left photos) + Tone Mapping

HDR Photography

Have you ever photographed a high contrast scene? If so, you know that even the best exposure gives you blown out highlights, flat shadows, or both. The solution is High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing:

HDR Photo Gallery Video Tutorials Try HDR with Photomatix


Photomatix Pro and Photomatix Essentials are standalone programs running on Windows and Mac OS X.

One license for Photomatix Essentials costs $39.
One license for Photomatix Pro costs $99.

Photomatix Essentials focuses on simplicity and ease of use. Photomatix Pro offers more options and includes advanced features such as batch processing and selective deghosting.

Photomatix Pro includes a free Plugin for Lightroom users who want to integrate Photomatix into their Lightroom workflow. Some of the features of Photomatix are available in a separate Plugin for Aperture.


9-Dec-14: Plugin edition of Photomatix Essentials intended for Photoshop Elements is in beta testing.

29-Oct-14: Photomatix Pro updated to version 5.0.5.

30-Sep-14: Photomatix Essentials updated to version 4, adding realistic-looking tone mapping with Contrast Optimizer and Finishing Touch options among other updates. Photomatix Essentials is an easy-to-use HDR photography software intended for photographers who are new to HDR.

19-May-14: Photomatix HDR Plugin for Aperture updated to version 3, adding realistic-looking tone mapping with Contrast Optimizer and option to refresh Preview continuously.

20-Nov-13: Photomatix Pro 5.0 released: Adds Contrast Optimizer Tone Mapping for realistic-looking results, new Fusion method for real estate photography, multiple settings batching, and option to enable fusion from a single RAW file.

Quotes from magazine reviews:

"Photomatix has all the features you need for producing HDR images, whether you are looking for a very natural look or the more extreme styles. The workflow is logical and easy to follow especially using the Lightroom integration."

Andrew Williams, Advanced Photographer, Feb 2011

"HDRsoft's Photomatix is currently the most sophisticated and robust, yet easy-to-use solution."

John Paul Caponigro, Digital Photo Pro, Jan/Feb 2009

"Photomatix Pro is an excellent tool for creating high dynamic range photographs."

Stuart Gripman, Mac Life, issue #17, 2008

"The Photomatix details enhancer does a better job of rendering shadow detail than the comparable local adaptation algorithm in Photoshop, and produces images with a distinctive ethereal appearance. Photomatix is polished software, backed by a helpful technical support team, and is highly recommended."

Guy J Brown, Royal Photographic Society Journal, November 2006