Software

You can never have too much gear or software to make your HDRsenal better.  As I purchase these programs or give them a spin, I ensure I give you the low down on the whats hot and whats not with fair and un-biased reviews.

HDR Tone Mapping Software

  1. HDR Expose 3 !NEW!
  2. HDR Expose 2
  3. Machinery HDR Effects 2
  4. Photomatix 4.1.1 Review
  5. Oloneo Photo Engine
  6. Artizen HDR
  7. Photo Enhance Pro (Android App)
  8. HDR Camera and HDR Pro (iPhone Apps)
  9. Essential HDR
  10. HDR Photo Pro
  11. HDR Darkroom
  12. HDR Efex Pro
  13. HDR Express

Post Processing Software and Products

  1. onOne Perfect Effects 8 !NEW!
  2. Topaz Labs: photoFXlab
  3. Topaz Labs: Clarity 
  4. Topaz Star Effects
  5. Topaz Adjust 5 
  6. Pixel Bender (Photoshop Plug in)
  7. The Gimp
  8. Tiffen DFX 3.0
  9. EverydayHDR Texture Package 1

Gear

  1. Canon 24-105  mm f/4.0 L USM Lens !NEW!
  2. Amazon Basic Bag
  3. Vanguard GH-100 Pistol Grip Ball Head
  4. Rokinon 8mm Fish Eye Lens

7 Comments

  1. Hi Blake
    Please can you tell me where I can download your Topaz Denoise plugin?
    I really enjoyed your latest video,and as always learned a lot.
    Cheers
    Eli

    Reply
    • Sure ting Eli, I am glad it helped, the direct link is here. The blog post link is here thanks for stopping by often, take care Eli.

      Reply
  2. What about LR/Enfuse ????

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  3. Hi Blake,

    Like you I became frustrated with my lack luster photos and wondered how others took such great pictures, and like you I realized I had to make not take. My question is why did you choose Topaz over Nik? I do see that you reviewed one of their products, but not all of them. I was wanting your input ( you might know something that I haven’t seen) before I made a purchase on one suite over the other.

    Thanks
    Ross.

    Reply
    • Hello Ross!

      You know, I think plugins work best with certain types of brains. I just click well with Topaz. I can get in and get out of them quickly and they are mapped out pretty well to the way I think as far as organization. It also helps that I do webinars for them on occasion and have a great relationship with the entire Topaz Labs team. I am not saying that other companies are not great, I just value Topaz’ way of doing business as well as the organization of their plugins.

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  4. Hi Blake,

    I use the Photomatix 3.xx version, which seems to work fine and does not slow my mid-quality Win 7 rig. Do the newer versions 4 or 5 add that much more quality that they’d be worth upgrading to? I usually like to hold pat with software that works flawlessly and don’t upgrade unless really inspired. (I heard some guys went back to 3.xx after trying 4.xx for a bit.)

    Truth be told, I’ve recently been migrating my HDR workflow to: Lightroom 5.3 -> Photoshop 5.5 HDR 32-bit file -> Lightroom 5.3 for final tweaking. Almost prefer that better. Pretty realistic output.

    What do you think about the Photomatix upgrades if happy with 3.xx?

    Cheers

    Reply
    • There have been some improvements that I have seen. I like version 5.0.4 and have no complaints, I have used them all since 1.0 and didn’t have a problem with 4 either. Maybe I am just not that picky!

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