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  1. #1
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    Looking for HDR software

    Hello all,

    Was wondering if anyone can suggest any free HDR software? Right now I'm using PSE 8.

    I'd like to try one out before making a big jump. If there isn't any free I'll try the 30 day trials for the less costly ones. So any recommendations would be great.


    Thanks

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    I have used several, but find that Dynamic HDRI from MediaChance is a great product for the money. I believe it is around $55 these days.

  3. #3
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    IMO one of the best - Photomatix
    Dennis

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    Georgetown, KY Photographer
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  4. #4
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    I have tried a few demos and not had any results that I liked - probably due to my input images and not spending enough time.
    Some of the demos produce images that are to small to see the output properly.

    These are most of the ones I have found and tried:

    Photomatix as D Thompson linked
    http://www.imagingluminary.com/
    http://www.fdrtools.com/front_e.php
    EnfuseGUI
    http://www.easyhdr.com/index.php
    Qtpfsgui

  5. #5
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    The best I've tried is SNS-HDR (You'll have to google it, the site is Polish). There is a free version, but I couldn't get it to work. It's the best I've tried in terms of possible natural results, but still not good enough to spend money on. Almost.

  6. #6
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    Interesting program raven15 - one of the simplest and realistic looking results from the programs I have tried.


    No editing of the image first; could do with a colour correction, perspective correction and crop. Just shows the result straight off the camera.
    Works with CR2 images as well.

  7. #7
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    I like this program but I have one probem and that is forgetting which photos are the bracketed set ( it would be good if the camera could name in some way ). Some times there is only a small difference between the different images they look OK but do not match up !
    Uses 100% of all my 4 cores when processing, some other software only uses one core.



    Note: I just selected the three images and dropped them over the program icon.
    Last edited by Anthony; 01-24-2011 at 12:07 PM. Reason: Added note

  8. #8
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    To use the very limited options in the lite version:

    Back to the C:\ prompt with:
    cd\

    Navigate to the folder containing the program:
    cd C:\Program Files\SNS-HDR Lite\

    Run the program with the option and full path to the images to use:
    SNS-HDR.exe -tiff16 C:\Users\Anthony\Pictures\2010_12_18\IMG_0018.jpg C:\Users\Anthony\Pictures\2010_12_18\IMG_0019.jpg C:\Users\Anthony\Pictures\2010_12_18\IMG_0020.jpg

    The image will be saved in the same folder as the original
    Another similar program with more options is http://www.tawbaware.com/tufuse.htm
    Last edited by Anthony; 01-24-2011 at 01:19 PM. Reason: Put code into quote box

  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony View Post
    To use the very limited options in the lite version:



    Another similar program with more options is http://www.tawbaware.com/tufuse.htm
    The problem with both is that I like to see the effects on the photographs as I go, so I vastly prefer a GUI. I didn't try to hard with the SNS-HDR lite I admit, for that reason.

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    I am glad to see something new from Tawbaware. I used to use Thumber when it first came out in the early 2000's.

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