Preview Mode: the same as in previous versions, the images are uploaded and displayed as a fully prepared HDR images in a matter of seconds.
The first preset “Natural Balance” is automatically applied and already seems to be a good fit. The image is currently being viewed in Preview Mode, which in HDR projects 4 would have displayed a rather smoothed, if not slightly blurred preview image not coinciding with its actual appearance. This version’s preview appears in full clarity and confirms the developers’ assertion of improved image quality in this mode.
Clicking on the eye symbol under the Tools tab in the upper right hand corner will grant you a further assessment of the image at hand.
Point of Interest
Ghosting Correction seemed to really get the job done—despite the fact that we are working with a rather difficult exposure bracket. In order to get a closer look at the changes made to the photograph, we can use another familiar function from the previous version: Point of Interest.
Clicking on the Point of Interest button will display a rectangle—adjustable in position and size—displaying within its borders the undistorted image and the rest slightly darkened.
This function was created especially for the last version in order to enable a fair assessment while saving computing time.
Quite useful then, now it seems rather unnecessary due to the improved overall clarity of the Preview display.
Exposure Bracket Editing
Before we begin with further coverage of the newest features in Post-processing, we’ll make a quick detour in order to introduce some useful features found in the Exposure Bracket Editing Window.
As in the predecessor versions, the left column contains the adjustable weight settings and their presets. There aren’t many notable changes to this side, but moving over to the column on the right leaves some features in need of introduction.
The two new HDR algorithms Repro neutral and Repro intensive have been added, both designed for use with scanned photographs and varying in intensity. These as well as other algorithms can also be selected for use in the Post-Processing Window, however they cannot be finely adjusted as possible in our current window. For our example, we’ve decided to make use of the Color-Sharpness algorithm while keeping all slide control values at zero.
Turning off the Subject Brilliance would not have been the worst thing when working in with previous software versions because many of the Presets also contained such a function, sometimes leading to an exaggerated effect. In this version, this is in no way the case. As announced by the developers, a great many changes were made to the Presets and have results in noticeable quality improvements.
This Review has been written by Gerhard Lang, www.ahadesign.eu