+2EV overexposed photo (taken at 2/5 s)
0EV photo at normal exposure  (taken at 1/10 s)
-2EV underexposed photo  (taken at 1/40 s)
3 exposures (EV: -2, 0, +2)
Merged HDR image rendered with Balanced preset
Merged HDR with Preset:

Do you find high contrast scenes hard to photograph?

Try High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography to capture the scene as you saw it:

  • Take several photographs with different exposures
  • Merge the photos to HDR
  • Edit the image to get the style you want, from natural-looking to artistic

Are you taking real estate photos?

Learn how to get natural-looking real estate interiors with window views.

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

  • A license costs $99 for Photomatix Pro and $39 for Photomatix Essentials.
  • 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 Plugin for Lightroom. Photomatix Essentials includes a Plugin for Photoshop Elements.

Photomatix for Linux runs on Linux and costs $49.

Watch videos of Photomatix in action
Photomatix is by far the best HDR software out there, and I have tried them all!
Jeff Dean
Photomatix is too much fun!
I think I am averaging more than four hours a day using it.
Mr. Peter - Travel Author
I use Photomatix Pro every day in my architectural photography work. I could not live without it!
Johnny Stevens - CPP Photographer
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6-Aug-18: Photomatix Pro 6.1 released, adding a dark color scheme, dual white balance for HDR merge and improvements to the brush tool.

26-Mar-18: HDR Exposures Calculator now available in iOS. The free web version of the app is still available at HDRsoft.com/ev.

5-Dec-17: Photomatix for Linux upgraded to version 1.1, adding the Tone Balancer method, a Finishing Touch and more.

13-Aug-17: Q&A on using HDR for a solar eclipse based on the questions from a user preparing to photograph the August 21 eclipse.

21-May-17: Photomatix Pro 6.0 released, adding a new HDR rendering method for realistic results, a Brush Tool, color adjustments, straightening, and more.

1-Nov-16: Photomatix FX, an iPhone app offering photo enhancement effects, now available on the App Store as a free download.

28-Jul-16: Winners of the Spring 2016 HDR Challenge announced in the Realistic HDR and Creative HDR categories.

21-Jul-16: Introducing Photomatix OneShot, an Extension for Apple Photos that adds the Photomatix magic to a single exposure.

10-Jul-16: Photomatix is now available on the Linux platform. Photomatix for Linux is released.

29-Jun-16: Photomatix Essentials upgraded to version 4.1.

8-Jun-16: Photomatix Pro upgraded to version 5.1.3.

2-Apr-16: The Spring 2016 HDR Challenge is now open: Accepting entries in the Realistic HDR and Creative HDR categories until the 30th of June.

30-Sep-14: Photomatix Essentials updated to version 4, adding realistic-looking Tone Mapping and Finishing Touch options among other updates. Photomatix Essentials is an easy-to-use program intended for photographers who are new to HDR.

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