Here areÂ some pretty butterflyÂ pics from my latest photo experiments comparing PhotomatixÂ to Dynamic Photo HDR.
Inspired by the work of Lois Bryan,Â a wonderful photographer whose work I greatly admire, IÂ scoured the Internet looking forÂ the rightÂ software to enhance my own photographic style.Â
Free is always good:) - so I downloaded the free trial version from Photomatix andÂ the HDR programÂ from mediachance calledÂ Dynamic Photo HDR. You can download either forÂ free to play with as long as you like - no expiration.
While Photomatix is a fine program I decided to purchase the Dynamic Photo HDR, see my five reasons at the end of this post.
TheseÂ images were created in Photo Dynamic HDR
from one jpgÂ photo
Â in what they callÂ pseudo-HDR
usingÂ a number of differentÂ photo manipulation tools.
I thought it was all rather fun and definitely cool.Â None of this has anything to do with the more complicated full HDR process which I have not fully mastered yet, but
meanwhile,Â here you haveÂ my newestÂ photo experiments: Â
Love the way the butterfly pics turned out
a bit more tweaking
andÂ this oneÂ will beÂ ready
toÂ become a greeting card or canvas or print
atÂ my new website - click here - for a look.
One of the bennies of this Photo Dynamic HDR program
is all the little extras buried in it, which don't have a thing to do with HDR and are surprisingly userfriendly.
I haven't discovered everything yet,Â but I tried for a soft watercolorÂ feel and after some experimentationÂ came up with the image below.
I can see this on the wall,
printed on fine art paper with a nice frame,Â sweet:)
I'm not a big fan of black and white,
but I rather like
this soft little rendition.
If you like dramatic clouds this program will do it for you - if - youÂ have plenty of clouds in your photo already.
This is not a one click program and it is not suitable for all photos, there is aÂ learning curve if you have never worked with any editing programs before.
I do like a little drama in my photos:)
...Â but,Â a subtle approachÂ and learning to show restraint
is just as important to me.
The full HDR program lets you be as over the top surreal or incredibly subtle, yet sublimely effective as you like.
the real purpose of this program - which I have not shown here
is to work in a full HDR program from raw files (not jpg like I used),Â by bracketing several images,Â then tonal mapping to create one photo, then move on to other post editing of your image in your regular editing program.
Â Â MyÂ five reasons
why I chose to purchase this Photo Dynamic HDR software by www.mediachance.comÂ
over Photomatix (which is undeniably a popular and excellent HDR program)
- I found it easier to navigate
- The results equal those obtained with Photomatix
- Better price - $99 vs $55
- I liked the free add on features, theyÂ work perfectÂ withÂ my photographic style.
- A big plus for me was the one photo jpeg pseudo-HDR.Â It is not only fun to work with, but produced astounding results.
I hope you enjoyed the photo fun - try it, you might like it:)
All images copyright 2010 Â© Rose Hill