Photomatix Pro Version 6 Reviewer's Guide

Press Release

HDRsoft further propels High Dynamic Range Photography with Photomatix Pro 6

May 31, 2017

Photomatix Pro Version 6 adds a new rendering style option, corrects perspective problems, and gives more control over color.

Brighton, United Kingdom – HDRsoft announces the release of Photomatix Pro version 6. The latest version of their software application that helps photography pros and enthusiasts create HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos in a large range of styles, from realistic to artistic.

Key benefits in the new release include:

  • More style choice for realistic results. A new HDR rendering method called Tone Balancer adds more options and presets for realistic looking results. It is well-suited to real estate and natural style landscapes.
  • Refining with more control over color. With the new interactive brush tool, users can make color changes to just parts of the image, by painting over those areas. They can also fine-tune the saturation, hue, and brightness of individual colors in a photo. This control is especially useful for removing color casts and enhancing skies and other image features. Images can also be cropped to easily remove distractions or to improve their composition.
  • Avoiding overdoing it. For a more realistic look, users can blend an original photo with the rendered image, either globally or by using a brush to select specific areas.
  • Removing distortion from your photos. A new distortion correction tool makes it easy to straighten photos that aren't level and fix perspective issues where lines don't look parallel when they should. These are particularly helpful features for architectural and landscape photographers.
  • A more intuitive workflow. Whether working with a single image, or a
    bracketed set of photos, a more intuitive workflow makes it easier to load and choose images and proceed through to editing.

Photomatix Pro merges photographs taken at different exposure levels into a single HDR image with options for automatically aligning hand-held photos and for removing ghosts or visual artifacts when moving objects are present in the scene. Merged images can then be adjusted with a range of precise controls and settings or with one-click presets. Photographers can quickly get the look they desire from natural-looking results to painterly images, from surreal and dreamy photos to ultra-realistic images with increased details.

Photomatix Pro can also be used to enhance a single photo to boost its shadows and enhance its highlights. The program includes a plugin for Adobe Lightroom for users who want to integrate Photomatix Pro into their Lightroom workflow.

"What's unique about Photomatix Pro is the full range of styles it offers to render HDR photos, and version 6 makes this even better," said Geraldine Joffre, HDRsoft Managing Director. "Unlike other apps which rely on one HDR rendering algorithm, Photomatix comes with several. Each algorithm can give an entirely different look with enhancing tones and details or fusing multiple exposures together. Photographers will find it useful to have several alternatives for processing HDR photos as things change with different subjects or lighting conditions."

AVAILABILITY

Photomatix Pro 6 is available now for $99 USD for a single-user license. Customers who purchased Photomatix Pro 5 will receive a free upgrade. Earlier versions of Photomatix Pro can be upgraded for $29 USD.
For more information please visit www.HDRsoft.com.

ABOUT HDRSOFT

HDRsoft pioneered High Dynamic Range photography with the release of the world's first HDR application in 2003. Since then, HDRsoft has led the industry in evolving the technology to meet the changing needs of photographers. HDRsoft is based in the UK, with members of its team (most of whom are also photographers) working from diverse locations across four continents.

MEDIA CONTACT

Review copies are available to members of the media. Please contact: press@hdrsoft.com

Screenshots

With the new interactive brush tool, users can make color changes to just parts of the image, by painting over those areas.

A new distortion correction tool makes it easy to straighten photos that aren't level and fix perspective issues where lines don't look parallel when they should.

These are particularly helpful features for architectural and landscape photographers.

One-click presets make it easy to browse the large range of creative style options in Photomatix Pro.

The built-in collection of presets is expanded with more options for realistic looking results.

The new HDR rendering method called Tone Balancer gives more options for achieving a realistic look.

It is well-suited to real estate and natural style landscapes.

New Features Walkthrough

Thank you for your interest in Photomatix Pro 6. Here is a simple walkthrough to help you understand how to get the most out of Photomatix Pro.

The walkthrough uses the hands-on practice images in this file.

Short video overview

User Manuals

User Manual Photomatix Pro for Windows

User Manual Photomatix Pro for Mac

Logos

Photomatix Pro 6 app icon

Photomatix logo - low-res (white background)
Photomatix logo - low-res (transparent background)
Photomatix logo - high res
Photomatix Pro box-shot - low res
Photomatix Pro box-shot - high-res

Before and After Images

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The new Straightening tool corrects issues for architectural photos. View full size

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With the new interactive brush tool, users can make color changes to just parts of the image. View full size

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With the new interactive brush tool, users can make color changes to just parts of the image. View full size

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Comparing a single exposure to a series of images merged with Photomatix Pro 6. View full size

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For a more realistic look, blend the HDR rendered image with one of the original photos. View full size

Sample Photos

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