Photomatix is a tool used to create HDR images. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Essentially, the goal of HDR is to better mimic the way humans really see something. A regular photo only covers a certain range of values, and, as a result, areas in deep shadow or bright light lose detail. HDR solves this by combining under and over exposed images to recover that detail.
I, however, have found that Photomatix is really quite good at enhancing my digital art. I just create three versions of an image using image editing software: a light, dark, and middle value version. I then use Photomatix to recombine them. The result is quite often superior images in terms of both color and value. Above, you can see the results on one of my shark images. Notice how the colors in the “after” image on the right are so much richer, and the range of values much fuller.
If you’d like to try Photomatix, it’s available at Amazon:
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Do you want to see me using in action. Check out this video that I made: