Nik Software has put out a killer HDR program, HDR Efex Pro. It runs as an add-on to Photoshop, Aperture and Lightroom making your workflow seem less from tone mapping to post-processing. I was impressed from installation to the completion of my first HDR image using the software.
- Nik Software’s Control Point editing tool, which allows you to segregate one or many areas as control points that you manipulate individually. Everyday HDR loves this.
- Opening the Tonemapped image as a Smart Object in PS after HDR editing, this is absolutely sick!
- Great tonemapping effects can be achieved with a minimal amount of slider bars.
- The interface kicks ass and they have installed the best default presets for an HDR program to date! Big plus for lazy processors.
- Ease of use, unlock many other HDR programs, I opened up one image set and made a great HDR without having too much of a learning curve.
- No Batch Processing, from what I could gather.
The Bottom Line:
I highly recommend this program! It is nice to have it incorporated into your Photoshop or Lightroom workflow, however, it is not conducive for batch processing multiple images. When I go out to shoot these days, I am only shooting for HDR, when I get home I have anywhere from 300-1000 images to process (thats 60-200 final HDR’s). Using HDR Efex Pro it would take some time to process all of them, but I would be willing to use it to fine tune my favorites. When push comes to shove, HDR Efex Pro throws down nicely against the competition!