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Episode 60 – Merge to 32-Bit HDR Plugin for Lightroom Review

Posted by on May 22, 2013

Episode 60 – Merge to 32-Bit HDR Plugin for Lightroom Review

For historic Episode 60, we’re joined by returning guest Gregg Cooper, who has a new HDR technique that he’s excited to share. Gregg discusses the Merge to 32-Bit HDR plugin for Lightroom by HDRSoft (the folks who make Photomatix). He explains how it’s a great way to fuse exposures and produce realistic HDR images right in Lightroom!

We also discuss the new Flickr, and why we think now is the perfect time to reinvigorate the Disney photography community on Flickr.

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  1. It’s so great that the word is getting out about this plugin! When it came out almost a year ago, I changed my workflow because of the ease and all the benefits it offers my HDR photography. It allows me to now teach beginning HDR enthusiasts to make stunning HDR images with ease. I love that Photoshop isn’t needed to clean up the mess Photomatix leaves so the workflow is much less expensive for beginners to adopt. There’s also no learning curve of Photoshop. Another nice thing is, the images with this workflow come out so clean. The plugin doesn’t output the garish overlooked HDR’s that are all over the net. I’ve been calling this easy process the “Perfect HDR Workflow.” For me, it’s so great because it now brings the possibility of making fabulous HDR images to everybody. Cheers!

  2. You can also use Photomatix Pro (or Photoshop) to make the 32-bit files. If you do, you can use each programs tools for eliminating ghosting. Just save the image as a 32-bit TIFF without tone mapping it. Photomatix may try to warn you that it thinks you’re trying to do something crazy, but just ignore it.

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