The only problem with the cameras that do HDR automatically is that they provide limited control. If what you want is detailed, granular control– the kind that produces remarkably vibrant high dynamic range images, check out this Mac app.
Easy Is As Easy Does
Color this as a ringing endorsement of the way HDR should be done on a Mac. EasyHDR is truly a think different photo enhancement app.
First, you can combine a number of differently exposed photos to create an HDR image. RAW, TIFF, JPG.
Then, use the tone map controls to adjust– in real time– the tone mapping algorithms to get the effect you want. You see the live preview as you make adjustments to the combined images.
A number of useful filters and tools are built in to EasyHDR, including Ghost Removal (helps to rid a photo of unwanted objects), a Chromatic Aberration correction tool, plus the necessary Image Alignment options to assure more precise calibration for photos taken without a tripod.
Here are a couple of samples.
Each sample displays three under and overexposed shots which are combined to create the HDR image.
For even more sample images there is a complete set for viewing on Flickr.
As Mac photo enhancement apps go, EasyHDR is, well, relatively easy, far less complex to use than Photoshop or Pixelmator, but that’s because the tools have singular purpose. HDR images.
Basic navigation and file handling tools are straightforward. The controls to manage each image, including the image alignment and tone mapping, require some effort to master. Trial and error is your friend.
That said, simply playing around with the tools can yield quick and unexpectedly attractive results (you’ll still need multiple images with differing exposures) by just using the slider tools. That’s made possible by viewing the HDR image during real time tool manipulation.
The plus, and one that helps to justify the price tag, is an Adobe Lightroom plugin. Some of what you can create using multiple photos to generate an HDR photo can be stunning.
Here’s one of my favorites from the sample group (the Mac’s screen doesn’t do it full justice).
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