Ever since I got my hands on Oloneo, I have been struggling with which program I feel is better suited for my needs.  That is of course, Photomatix or Oloneo.   There is no “better” program, in a sense, I am trying to find which one clicks best with me.  Everyone will eventually connect with one program better than another, it is all about which program’s schematic matches the user’s brain schematic.  Everyone is wired differently in terms of process, organization and work-flow, as are all HDR programs.  It is simply a matter of finding which program best matches ones wiring.  I am curious to see what everyone else thinks out there.  What program do you use?  How does it match your process, organization, and work-flow?

I put together a chart of some areas I felt were important in an HDR Program.  It really helps to see it visually charted out. (No… I have never done such a thing with ex-girlfriends, in case you were wondering)

Photomatix really has the competition beat with it’s auto alignment features and selective de-ghosting, but it lacks in useful sliders.  Many HDRtist’s will tell you they only use 3 or 4 sliders of the 18 or so in Photomatix.  Oloneo makes prime use of every slider in their arsenal and has an impeccable interface to remarkably adjust every color in the image.  Photomatix clearly makes some amazing skies, but with such glamour comes some rather costly noise.  Oloneo’s skies are not quite as dramatic, but they require much less work in the post processing stage.  Each program has it’s positives and negatives.  My personal conclusion, after all of this, is to use both as powerful HDR tools

Here are some of my comparison shots.

I love PhotoEngine's ability to make great single exposure HDR's.

 

Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

For Blake, it is less about the art and more about the process. He dives deep into difficult topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside the box thinking.
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