STOP – This tutorial is for the original.
As of 12/15/10 –
HDR Efex Pro is the new kid on the block, released in October 2010. What does it have that my current HDR favorites, Photomatix and HDR Darkroom Pro beta, don’t?
- New tone mapping algorithms (although not necessarily better at this moment)
- Ease of use and flexibility especially as compared to Photomatix
- Selective adjustment
(Update 12/27 : HDR Darkroom Pro beta is now out of beta as a new product called HDR Photo Pro. The Darkroom version still exists. Read here for a comparison of results among HDR Efex Pro, Photomatix, Darkroom and Photo Pro.)
Table of Contents for a HDR Efex Pro (HEP) Tutorial.
The following sections are listed in the order the HEP workflow typically should follow –
HEP Global Adjustments – Tone Compression
FinishingGlobal Adjustments – Curves
HEP Global Adjustments – HDR Methods
HEP Global Adjustments – General
HEP Suggestions and Shortcuts (coming soon)
(Expect updates over the next few months as the program is improved.)
Here are two of my previous general HDR reference material posts
As I write this in December 2010 there are many things that I like about HEP. However, IMO there is a fundamental flaw in the initial release – it does a poor job of handling highlights when there is an extreme tonal range in the bracketed images (and since dealing properly with both ends of an HDR image’s tonal range is job #1 of an HDR program, this isn’t acceptable). I have a test image with a range of about 13 stops where HEP is last in a four horse race. While I am absolutely certain this will improve with time, that’s the situation with the HEP initial release. Here is my review comparing HEP and three other top HDR programs as of 12/10.
(NOTE – If you have questions or problems, pass them on via the Reply area below. If I can’t answer them, I’m a Beta tester and will pass them on to Nik.)