Our TOP10 gifts for the photographer - day 9

its day six of our twelve days of Christmas gifts for photographers

Today i am reposting our annual TOP10 gifts for the photographer for all those last minute shoppers out there. We hope the Santa or the Mrs. Clause in your life brings you something good in your stocking this year.

Have you ever photographed a high contrast scene? If so, you know that even the best exposure gives you blown out highlights, or flat shadows, or both. The solution is High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing:

›Take multiple photographs at varying exposure levels (brackets)

›Merge the photos into an HDR image

›Adjust the settings to get the look you want: from natural-looking with Exposure Fusion to painterly or surreal with Tone Mapping

See examples of HDR photos

Learn HDR techniques with video tutorials

Try HDR processing with a free trial of Photomatix

this image was processed using Photomatix

this image was processed using Photomatix


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 deghosting, as well as a Lightroom Plug-in.
Some of the features of Photomatix are also available as an Edit Plug-in for Aperture and a Filter Plug-in for Photoshop CS2 or higher. A free Lightroom Plug-in makes it possible to access Photomatix Pro directly from Lightroom, if desired.

Tell your family and friends that if they want to purchase the softwarem they can order a Photomatix plug-in if they go to http://www.hdrsoft.com/

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Kevin A Pepper

Kevin is a photographer and educator based in Waterloo, Ontario. His first love is photographing nature, regardless of the season or weather condition; the Ontario landscape and its wildlife are his inspiration. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio. Kevin’s images have been featured in Canadian Nature Photographer, PHOTONews Canada, Photo Technique Magazine, The London Free Press, The Weather Network, and National Geographic Online. His diverse client list includes the City of Cambridge, Olympus, GORE Mutual, TVO, and African Lion Safari. Kevin also operates “Northof49 Photography”, a company launched in 2012 dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian-based workshops. In the coming year, Kevin will be leading workshops in Iceland, Mongolia, Tanzania, Venezuela, Provence, and numerous destinations across Canada. Website: www.kevinpepperphotography.com