May 18 2012

Photomatix 4.2 Tutorial

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HDR Soft recently released version 4.2 of their critically acclaimed HDR software, Photomatix Pro.  I have been processing photos with Photomatix Pro for countless years and have found it to be my “go to” HDR software.  After processing thousands of HDR images through Photomatix I am ecstatic to see it evolving in a positive direction.  After seeing the new additions to Photomatix Pro, I will be sure to process a thousand more!

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Photomatix Pro Trouble Shooting Chart

For standardization purpses:

  • An Increase in the slider is any movement to the right.
  • A Decrease in the slider is any movement to the left.

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Blake Rudis

Blake is a husband, father, and avid photographer whose passion for HDR led him to create EverydayHDR.com.
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  1. Matt S

    Hey Blake, love this chart. I’ve been basically getting started with HDR photography and have seen some/all of these issues with the tonemapped result. This chart is a great help in troubleshooting! Thanks!

    1. Blake Rudis

      Awesome, glad it helped Matt. I know I needed some guidelines when I started and unfortunately there were no really solid ones. Glad I could help!

  2. Steve J.

    Great video! I have been messing around with Photomatix Essentials and just bought the ‘Pro’ version last night. This video will certainly be helpful as I set to learning more. Thanks

    1. Blake Rudis

      Excellent! I am glad it helped, happy tone mapping!

  3. Bobby K.

    Great video. I spent a while looking for books on photomatix only to find a few on HDR in general,mentioning photomatix and some others. I didn”y buy any after flipping through. I learned more in this video than I did after reading almost all of sections those books had on Photomatix. I Bought the essentials and upgraded to 4.2 because it was exactly what I looking for in photo editiing. Thanks!

    1. Blake Rudis

      I am very pleased to hear that Bobby. Actually that is one of the reasons I started EverydayHDR, to fill in some blanks and loopholes that I didn’t see very clearly when I started HDRing my photographs. I am very excited that you found what you were looking for right here on EverydayHDR! Be sure to stop by often I try to keep the content fresh and thought provoking!

  4. frank molloy

    hi Blake,
    really appreciate the trouble shooting chart. is it ok to download to my desktop please? great tutorial btw.
    Frank Molloy

    1. Blake Rudis

      No problem Frank, you are more than welcome to save it, thank you for asking!

  5. Bram


    Great site and videos. Much apprecaited from a novice HDR user. One question, I am using Photomatix 3.2 and when I import my raw file, the whole image has a pink layer/tone. When I got back and import the same 3 photos Jpeg, there is no pink tone/layer. Do you know if the older versions of Photomatix support raw?

    1. Blake Rudis

      Hello Bram,

      You are experiencing Photomatix’ inability to read your RAW files. If you update Photomatix it should be fine. I just went through the same thing recently when upgrading to the Canon 6D. I had an old version of Photomatix that would not support the RAW file.

  6. Ron

    I do real estate photography, and am needing to find a method of including the color and features of the outside while inside with much darker lighting. Most of the time, you get blown-out windows that look terrible. Could HDR be the answer ?

    1. Blake Rudis

      Yep, HDR could very well be your answer. It is actually designed to do just that. It would require you to take multiple pictures at varying shutter speeds to accommodate for the exposed inside as well as outside. That is the nature of HDR in its simplest form.

  7. Rob Barber

    Really appreciate your helpful run through of Photomatix which has helped me to determine to buy the program. I hope to use it in stitched panoramic which will add to complexity of capture and processing but the results should be very worthwhile when I get the hang of it all.

    1. Blake Rudis

      Not a problem! HDR Panoramas are awesome, but they get pretty hefty pretty quickly! I have stitched some panos (70 Exposures, 14 HDR images) that have been 2-3 GB in size when saved as 16 bit TIFFs. They can be very taxing on your hard drive. I suggest working on them in pieces and saving them in pieces as you go. Thanks for stopping by, and good luck on your pano endeavors with HDR! It is addicting!

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