Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Photomatix + Topaz Adjust = Creative Images

Photomatix is the program I use to create my HDR images. It does a great job crunching several exposures at different settings (over and under the recommended setting) into a tone-mapped image that includes details in both the shadow and highlight areas of a scene.

Often times, for a creative effect, I'll apply Topaz Adjust (a plug-in) to an HDR image. Many of the options in Topaz Adjust allows you to add detail, contrast and color to the shadow and highlight areas. How cool!

The image on the left is the middle exposure of five exposures. The image on the right is the Photomatix + Topaz image.

Photomatix tip: Adjust the White Point first - to preserve the highlights.

Topaz tip: Let your imagination run wild.

If some of your images need a boost in detail, contrast and color, give Photomatix and Topaz Adjust a try. Photomatix and Topaz can also give YOU a boost in your creative efforts.

You can order Topaz Adjust here.

You can get a discount on Photomatix here.

Explore the Light,
Rick

P.S. Notice how everything in this scene is in sharp focus. You can achieve this effect by using a wide-angle lens, setting a small f-stop, and focusing 1/3 into the scene. Also, notice how the scene has a great sense of depth. That;s due in part to the careful arrangement of the elements in in the scene.

3 comments:

Jason Collin Photography said...

Rick I got Topaz Adjust recently mostly because of how much you like it and talk about it. So far I like Topaz, but still have a lot to learn to keep my images from looking too strange.

I pass on your tip of focusing 1/3rd of the way into a scene all the time to people.

Also, thanks for replying to my tweet the other day about the HDR exhibition.

Ry The Tech Guy said...

Hey Rick, I would love to see your HDR Secrets Book come to the iphone as a Book app. Similar to what "The Missing Manual" has done Great works of art you are creating through your lens!

Ryan

Sharon said...

I have been using Photomatix Lite (trial) because Photomatix Pro is overwhelming. I know you do your HDR workshops (so wish I could attend) but am wondering if you (or anyone) will be doing a video tutorial.

I am using Topaz Adjust after Photomatix Lite (I saw you post about it earlier) and love the results.