Welcome to our HDR learning center, produced in partnership with HDRsoft (makers of Photomatix).

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Master Photomatix Pro Version 6 — Free HDR Hangout Today - Don’t miss today’s free event! Join us for an in-depth look at all the new features in Photomatix Pro version 6. Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington
Join Us for Our Next HDR Hangout and Learn What’s New in Photomatix Pro Version 6 - Join us for an in-depth look at all the new features in Photomatix Pro version 6. Photofocus publisher Rich Harrington is joined by professional photographer
Cheating Blue Skies in Lightroom - We all know that there’s a right way to do things and a “cheating” way, but it doesn’t matter which one you use as long
Photomatix Pro Version 6 is Now Shipping - I’m super excited that a new version of Photomatix Pro is now shipping.  The application is a welcome update that adds a bunch of useful features
Creating Long Exposure Photography with Expanded Dynamic Range - People are often mesmerized by long exposures. Smooth water, the movement in clouds…it creates an artistic look in photographs that many people desire. About a
Free Presets & Exclusive Software Bundle for Photofocus Readers - Free Presets We’ve released a bunch of freebies lately to help you get more out of your software.  This post gives you access to all
How to Make Distortion Disappear with Lightroom’s Transform Tools - Sometimes you look at a photo and you know something just isn’t right.  If there is one thing that will cause that uneasy feeling, it
HDR and the Traveling Photographer - Note: To learn more about HDR visit our HDR Learning Center produced in partnership with HDRsoft. I have learned, as a traveling photographer, that no matter
Toning Down the HDR Look with Photomatix Pro - What do you think of when you think of HDR? Over-sharpened, bright photos? The majority of HDR photos I’ve seen — you know, the ones
HDR 101: Shooting Brackets - Human eyes are incredible for viewing the world and seeing into shadows and highlights all at the same time. The basis of HDR photography is
Handholding your Camera for HDR Photography - With proper technique and the right camera, it is possible to get good HDR images even though you aren’t using a tripod or other camera
Selective Sharpening in Lightroom - Sharpening helps your picture have a little more punch and can allow details to pop and draw attention. If you sharpen the entire image, however,
The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast January 21, 2017 - This is the PhotoFocus InFocus Interview Show FOR JAN 21ST, 2017. I’m your Host Rod Harlan. We have an all new quick & condensed, all
Photomatix OneShot original and OneShot Photomatix OneShot Makes Photos POP! - There are hundreds of filters and presets available for making photographs into “something else” in Photoshop, Lightroom or with other software packages. One of my
HDR 101: How To Keep Important Details in HDR’s - Shooting a set of pictures with bracketed exposures and combining them in HDR software is the best way to record all the details in a
The Photofocus InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast December 21, 2016 -   Editor’s Note In remembrance of Jim, we have decided to abandon our usual publication schedule. This podcast honoring Jim will be our only post
Using HDR To Augment Your Artistic Vision - Your artistic vision as a photographer is projected through the choices you make in creating your images. These choices include a subject or theme, focal length of
Mini Review: Tonality (Spoilers: It Makes Great Black and Whites) - So many of us started photography with black and white processing and the love of monochrome has stuck with us. Ansel Adams and Edward Weston
New to Photomatix? Start with a Preset - The photo above is the normal exposure of a Waffle House near my studio. Periodically the company remodels one of their restaurants. I saw this
HDR 101: How Do You Know When To Use HDR? - Like black and white, HDR photography is a terrific tool. It can both save the day technically and also allow us to be creative in unique
Get Started With Photomatix - HDR photography is a gift of the digital age. To a one-time film photographer like me, it’s magic. I never imagined that one day I would
Creating Better Sun-Flared Images with Photomatix Pro - Have you struggled to make a great image when shooting into the sun? Our cameras can’t see the dynamic range in a scene as well
Ten Tips to Improve Your Landscape Photography - Always think of the wind, even when it doesn’t seem like a windy day. Anything affected by even the slightest amount of wind will look
Photographing the South Rim of the Grand Canyon - The Grand Canyon is a window into the geological history of the earth. Some rocks are 1.7 billion years old. Every time I visit, I am
Don’t Bring a Wide-Angle Lens, Just Make Panos - Making pictures on a photowalk or hike should be enjoyable and relatively stress-free. One way to reduce your stress is to carry less equipment. A
Realistic HDR with Photomatix Pro Realistic HDR images with Photomatix Pro - HDR photography gets a bad rap. Many believe that HDR means over-contrasted, over-saturated, over-sharpened photos. But in reality, HDR is really just blending multiple images together.
Interior HDR Simple shooting strategy for High Dynamic Range - I’ve been saying it for so long that it’s time to write about it!  What I’m referring to is my often-given advice for capturing bracketed
Photographing Waterfalls and Cascades - There is no shortage of waterfalls and cascades in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. So when the days were dull, foggy and rainy on my
Essential Steps to Creating an HDR Photo with Lightroom - The way that Lightroom handles HDR images is very different than how tools like Photoshop or even Photomatix handle the HDR images. In fact, it
A Few Bonus Benefits for Photomatix Pro Users - I was digging around the HDRsoft website as well as talking to their team, and I discovered a few extra bonuses for Photomatix Pro users.
HDR: Is a Three Step Process - The biggest mistake HDR shooters make is trying to rush 
the process. Some think its as simple as shooting the photos and running them through
Should I say “HDR” anymore? - I find myself using the term ‘HDR’ less and less every day. When I started as a panoramic photographer in 2002, I was continually frustrated
44 Free Presets for Photomatix - Free Presets?  You Bet! The team at Photofocus has put together a collection of free presets to help you get the most out of HDRsoft’s Photomatix.  These
The InFocus Interview Show | Photofocus Podcast July 21st, 2016 - Get the show here or get it on iTunes — Don’t forget to post a review on iTunes. In this episode of the InFocus Interview
Setting a Self Timer for Bracketing HDR Images on Sony Cameras - Sometimes I forget to pack a remote shutter release when I stumble upon an HDR scene. Luckily I can set up a Sony A7 series
Go Make A Panorama - You should make a lot more panoramic photographs. It’s a great way to capture a larger view of the world, and you don’t need to
Five Tips to Improve Your Beach Sunset Shots - It is summertime and you are off to the beach. Here are some tips to improve your sunset shots. 1.     Bracket.  Sunset exposures can be
Presets Make Photomatix Pro Simple to Learn - Once Photomatix Pro 5 opens a set of bracketed images, especially in Tone Compressor, the choices of controls is kind of intimidating. The first question
Photomatix for Linux! - Most of my friends and acquaintances in the photography world know that I work with HDRsoft who makes Photomatix software.  Photomatix is used to combine and
Bay Bridge Fusion Don’t Like HDR? Try Exposure Fusion. - There is much mystery and controversy surrounding “HDR” photography and much of it is comes from the infamous fake look that is too easy to attain

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Photomatix Pro and Photomatix Essentials are stand-alone programs running on Windows and Mac OS X.

  • One license for Photomatix Essentials is US$39.
  • One license for Photomatix Pro is US$99.

Photomatix Essentials focuses on simplicity and ease of use. Photomatix Pro offers more options and includes advanced features such as batch processing and selective de-ghosting.

Some of the features of Photomatix are also available as an Edit Plug-in for Aperture. A free Lightroom Plug-in makes it possible to access Photomatix Pro directly from Lightroom, if desired. To download a trial click here.

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