HDR projects

Another addition worth mention is the automatic Ghosting Correction Optimization. After adjusting various Ghosting slide control settings in the last software version, constantly viewing the image outside of preview mode was quite often necessary for observing visible changes. Now this can be done in only one click.

HDR projects 5 proThe automatic function operates according to the intensity and the subject-based method selected, such as Landscape or Architecture, which change depending on the designated sharpness levels.

If the Automatic Optimization still doesn’t yield the best outcome, further adjustments can still be made just as before.

In addition to the new Compression slide control, three new Preset control buttons have been added; High Contrast, Optimal and Compressed affect the contrast dynamics displayed in the curve window below.

If none of these contrast specifications yield the desired result, the slide controls can be once again manually adjusted.

Below is a test example showing the amazing new Ghosting Correction in action.

Automatic Optimization has not been applied to the first image:

This image section is at a zoom level of 100% and has not been altered except for with the applied Preset “Natural Brightness”.

While these pictures were taken, the people and as well as the flag were all in motion. More work was required in HDR projects 4 for a satisfactory result to be reached. The same result can be achieved in this new version in a matter of seconds.

HDR Fusions-Profile

HDR projects 5 proFusions-Profiles can contribute greatly to a more efficient workflow by allowing the user to define custom presets for certain photographic situations or themes.

This just requires taking time out beforehand for the fine adjustment of algorithms and their settings. These defined settings can then be saved and exported to any save file location of your choice.

When uploading a similar exposure bracket to one previously edited, a suitable editing profile can be imported and the editing process completed without much work at all. Another useful option could be saving a profile containing basic settings to be used on every exposure bracket. These profiles can of course also be (re)named and deleted at will. Special characters should be avoided, however, as they will always result in an underscore—one aspect that could have been handled differently. Just as in the Algorithms-Browser, profiles can be evaluated and selected directly from Post-Processing.

Whoever wants can adjust settings so that the Exposure Bracket Editing Window always appears first upon starting the program, a more logical approach standard in HDR projects 3. After the release of HDR projects 4, the Post-Processing Window with all previously selected algorithms and effects is the first to appear following the image upload, which also has its advantages. Designing your own workflow here simply depends on personal preference, as it should.

This Review has been written by Gerhard Lang, www.ahadesign.eu