15 Jan HDR Projects 4 Professional Review

My first impression on using this software was that it presented a lot of choices so where do I start? The opening screen after selecting the file to work on has a versatile menu for choosing Colour space, white balance, noise suppression, exposure optimization, alignment and ghosting correction. This can be left to the default if you are happy with the settings and can even be switched off. I mostly used default settings at this stage but it is good to have the choice.

On clicking continue the main program screen comes up with the image in a large window and you have a choice of 134 pre-set options grouped into 8 sections for various effects including Natural, Surreal and Monochrome on the left panel. These effects are very customizable and you can create many variations using a combination of settings and mixing together of filters then saving for future use which is an excellent feature. There is also an expert mode which allows ultimate control over the image.

I used a natural balance effect on this RAW single image of a beach scene which was underexposed and this allowed me to bring out all the detail in the image.

I then tried out one of the Monochrome options on an industrial scene, I wanted a gritty toned effect and used the Monochrome Tritone Option which is shown below.

Again I was impressed by the abilty to customize the effect.

 

Next I decided to try another underexposed image of a street view and used the natural back light pre-set. This brought out all the detail in the image giving it plenty of punch.

 

Summary
Overall I was very impressed with the program. It is very customizable allowing you to adjust and tweak your pictures as much or as little as you want with plenty of control over the final image. Although the interface takes a little while to get used to it is well worth the effort.

This  Software review was written by Bob Turner, ARPS EFIAP