Photomatix Pro 5 – Review of the new features, with Klaus Herrmann

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Nov 062013


Photomatix Pro 5 – Review of the new features – farbspiel photography

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Beta Release – Photomatix Pro 5

Nov 052013

The new Nikon Df has up to 5 frame auto bracketing, 2 frame auto HDR.


Nikon Df: price, release date, official specs for Nikon’s new full frame camera | Digital Camera World

Nikon | News | Digital SLR camera Nikon Df


Nikon Df combines classic design with modern technology: Digital Photography Review

Nov 022013


The Olympus E-M1 is the latest addition to the Olympus compact system camera (CSC) line-up and it’s aimed at professional and enthusiast photographers. It doesn’t replace the Olympus OM-D E-M5, but sits above it.

Olympus hopes that the new OM-D E-M1 will address the needs of Four Thirds users as well as enthusiast Micro Four Thirds users, because it has a dual autofocus system that is designed to work well with both types of lens.

Here Angela Nicholson takes a look at what this camera has to offer. For more information and the hands-on review check out:…

Oct 292013


Unified Color to add HDR pano processing in HDR Expose 3.1

Creating an HDR panorama can be difficult… The big problem is that nearly all HDR software calculates HDR tone mapping by measuring the white point and black point within a set of bracketed set of images. When creating an HDR panorama you will have several bracketed sets and since each set may vary in this regard, the resulting panorama stitch will produce inconsistent results. Now for those of us who create panos, Unified Color is planning to release an update to HDR Expose 3 that will solve this problem. The software will look at an entire set of bracketed images and calculate an overall white and black point as the basis for tone mapping.  Stay tuned for more information about this great new feature from Unified Color.

HDR Photography | Photo Editing Software & Programs by Unified Color

Sep 232013

This VR Tour HDR image was processed in HDR Expose 3 from Unified Color.

HDR Photography | Photo Editing Software & Programs by Unified Color

By the way, you can click full screen after the “Little planet” introduction. Be sure to have your speakers on…

 Thanks to Robert Barnes for posting a link to this VR Tour on his fine blog:

BGB • BARNES GALLERY BLOG | Behind the Scenes at Barnes Gallery

Thanks also to John Santoro for posting a link to this VR Tour on the Unified Color Website and Blog:

A Fantastic VR Minute – HDR In Motion

VR Tour © 2013 Richard Sisk

Aug 072013
Getting the Right Light in a Photo –

Jul 242013
“As a professional photographer, my HDR images need to be clean, halo free and color accurate.  
HDR Expose 3 is my go to HDR software because it provides these qualities. 
Without a doubt, HDR Expose 3 & 32 Float v3 share the best tone-mapper in the business.”



Unified Color Technologies, the experts in high dynamic range imaging (HDR), today announced the latest upgrades to its professional-level HDR software lineup. These upgrades improve the HDR workflow and significantly reduce the traditional limitations of HDR techniques, and most notably eliminate the need to photograph static scenes and the absolute necessity of a tripod to steady HDR exposures. New state of the art merge, alignment and deghosting algorithms have made the standalone HDR Expose™ 3 the most powerful and intuitive professional HDR application available. With its comprehensive, 32-bit color editing capabilities, also available in the Photoshop® plug-in 32 Float V3, the upgraded software ensures photographers can realize their vision for the most true-to-life HDR images possible.

The single most frustrating issue cited by HDR photographers, and a major impediment to those adopting HDR techniques, is the complexity of working with multiple exposures. Because the bracketed exposures must be perfectly aligned to prevent ghosting artifacts, often requiring a tripod, HDR was limited to near-motionless scenes. Single pass tone mapping very wide dynamic range scenes to preserve consistent contrast and detail across the whole tonal range, from dark shadows to bright highlights, has also been a challenge for many. To address these pain points, the company’s R&D team have taken its proprietary Beyond RGB™ color technology to the next level, and reengineered the software with an intuitive combination of merge, alignment and deghosting and adaptive tone mapping algorithms that will change the way photographers approach HDR.

In his early testing of the new software upgrades, professional photographer, and author of and the new HDRI Handbook 2.0, Christian Bloch, said of the applications, “The true benefit of Unified Color programs lies in their Beyond RGB color technology which always treats color and luminance channels independently from each other. That means colors stay closer to the original capture – oversaturation artifacts, cross-channel pollution, and undesired color shifts simply don’t occur.” says Bloch. “My favorite features are the ability to perform very precise color tweaks and white balance adjustments, while keeping the output in full 32-bit. This is what makes HDR Expose 3 (and its sibling 32 Float v3) mature tools for professional HDR work.”

Key upgrades will ease the planning process behind HDR photography, making the creation of HDR images possible even when a tripod, long a mainstay of the HDR workflow, is not on-hand. While every photographer has their own limitations in terms of shutter speed and ability, they will now be able to create these images without a tripod as long as they are able to capture sharp, rapid-fire exposures. This technological advancement is made possible by a series of breakthroughs, including:

  • New Adaptive Tone Mapping: This new capability automatically enhances control over local contrast, color, and detail retention within the all-important highlight areas of a merged HDR image while maintaining optimal contrast and color in darker areas of the image. This new functionality will be especially welcomed by professionals when  photographing interior and exterior real estate.
  • Upgraded Alignment Capabilities: HDR Expose now offers two completely redesigned alignment options: a fully automatic option with key frame selection and, for the most challenging exposure series, a manual assist option. Powered by redesigned alignment algorithms, the software can detect specific image features and calculate necessary transformations in order to provide optimal fitting and alignment.
  • Reengineered Deghosting Algorithms: HDR Expose will now feature local and global deghosting algorithms to mitigate movement within or through the scene by working off of a key frame (against which all others are automatically compared and analyzed for moving objects.) Users can rely on the fully automatic deghosting default, increase control over the process by choosing optimal key frames, or take full control with powerful local deghosting tools to select individual objects for inclusion or removal.
  • New File Browser: To help manage the multiple exposures, HDR Expose now offers a new file browser functionality that displays thumbnails rather than just file names, and automatically detects and groups exposure brackets for the merge process. For working professionals processing entire HDR shoots, the program also includes a batch merge that can automatically group, merge and apply presets to an entire shoot simultaneously.
  • Improved Color Safe Dodge and Burn Brush: Leveraging the power of the software’s Beyond RGB color space, the dodge and burn brush allows photographers to selectively lighten and darken areas of the image without changing or shifting colors. The new 500 pixel brush is better suited for larger higher resolution files.




May 142013


It is not surprising that  a huge amount of money has been invested in sensors for mobile phone cameras. My research indicates that Sony has spent about two billion dollars in R & D to develop the Exmor RS series of HDR sensors. The way they work is quite logical. Where conventional Bayer sensors are comprised of a single layer of pixels, the Exmor RS sensors are comprised of three layers. Each layer is sensitive to a different level of brightness. So the camera basically captures and combines three bracketed images during a single exposure. This HDR capture also works for HD video capture. Exmor RS also incorporates back illuminated sensor technology which moves the wiring behind the photo-diode for increased sensitivity.


The new Sony Experia Z uses a 1/3 inch 13 megapixel version of this sensor. By the end of this year we may very likely a much larger 20 megapixel Sony Exmor Sensor in the “Sony Honami” smart phone. It seems to me that if this sensor is scaled up, we may find a future variation in a professional DSLR. I would love to be able to avoid motion artifacts in my HDR images using this technology!

Sony Xperia



Is this the Sony Exmor RS “Honami”?


Sony i1 aka Honami cameraphone to land unlocked in the US this fall, alongside the 6.44″ Togari phablet

More On The Sony Honami And Its 20-Megapixel Camera | Ubergizmo

May 092013
Shooting a Massive Gigapixel Panorama of the Manhattan Skyline

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The link below will take you to a comprehensive and well illustrated merge to 32 bit HDR tutorial by talented photographer Joshua Gunther.

Click the link below!

Merge to 32-bit HDR Tutorial

Also please visit Joshua’s home page and be prepared to be amazed by his superb images!

Joshua Gunther Photography



Apr 252013

HDR Panorama Tutorial – PhotoEngine & Autopano


New HDR App for the iPhone and iPad

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Feb 222013

icon_hdrI just found this new HDR App from Lucky Clan on iTunes. I have just downloaded it and at the moment it is free. Click the link above to download from the iTunes store.




Jan 142013


Fstoppers Reviews: SLR Lounge’s ‘Mastering HDR Photography’ Workshop Will Change Your Photography In Ways You Never Imagined | Fstoppers

Nov 162012


Timedrops Media | Unparalleled video production

Timedrops Media is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada 

“We are a specialty media company that produces innovative video for commercials, corporate events, promotional campaigns, and timelapse films. Our extensive experience combined with our passion and understanding of the online media space allows us to approach each project with a fresh and innovative edge. We pride ourselves on our dedication to quality and detail. Our level of professionalism is everything to us. If you’re goal is to attract new customers and investors, improve your online presence, or create engagement around your brand online, we can help you stand out in today’s visually demanding marketplace.

Timedrops Media co-founders Joel Schat and Daniel Gogolin first met on their high school basketball team in White Rock, British Columbia. There they learned what it means to be committed, passionate, hard working team members. Shortly after graduation they both did their own thing. Daniel studied the business of entertainment and crafted his entrepreneurial backbone at Vancouver Film School, and Joel headed off to South East Asia to shoot timelapse for several months. Upon return they channelled their skills and interests together to create Timedrops Media. Today the talented team here offers a youthful and fresh approach to video production, specializing in timelapse.”

  • Experienced team & professional equipment
  • Filmed & Edited video production
  • Exposure through our online channels
  • Licensing stock footage of our work
  • Photography
  • Timelapse
Nov 162012

The Red Epic digital cinema camera HDRx feature  allows and additional 2 to 6 stops in extended dynamic range. Now Final Cut Pro X supports Red raw file import! Now Final Cut Pro X supports importing native Red R3D raw files.


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HDRx is a RED invention that is built into every EPIC and Scarlet camera giving the user an option for extended dynamic range when the situation calls for it… from 2 to 6 stops over native by preset.


In a single camera, HDRx simultaneously shoots two image tracks of whatever resolution and frame rate you have chosen. The primary track (A-track) is your normal exposure. The secondary track (X-track) is a “highlight protection” exposure that you determine in the menu settings. You select the amount of highlight protection you need in stops… 2,3,4,5, or 6. Each stop represents a stop less exposure in shutter speed. Example… if you select 2 and your primary exposure is 1/48th sec, the X-track will be two stops less exposure at 1/192 sec. The ISO and aperture remain the same for both exposures.

During recording, the two tracks are “motion-conjoined”, meaning there is no gap in time between the two separate exposures. If they were two alternating standard exposures, there would be a time gap between the two tracks that would show up as an undesirable motion artifact. Both tracks (A & X) are stored in a single R3D. Since there are two exposures, the camera is recording double the amount of frames. For example, if you are shooting 24fps, the camera is recording 2-24fps tracks, the data equivalent of 48fps.* After combining the two tracks for playback you see only one 24fps motion stream.”

Read more here: FAQs about RED Digital Cinema’s HDRx


To download the RED Apple Workflow Installer, please visit



Nov 142012

There are many things to like about the LizardQ!

First of all it is fast, second your iPhone may be used as the remote and third it is built like the professional tool that it is.

If you do VR photography on a high volume time critical basis, the LizardQ may very well serve your needs.


LizardQ is a professional camera system for quickly and automatically creating panoramic or full spherical (360°×180°)

images with high resolution and high dynamic range (HDR).

A professional digital camera with a precision-aligned fisheye lens provides high-quality raw images.

Our high-performance software automatically creates the panoramic or full spherical image from the raw data.

Nov 092012


Please click the link below to find out about this terrific new book by Christian Bloch.

HDRLabs News


Pre-order The HDRI Handbook 2.0 from Amazon


Nov 082012

This tutorial demonstrates the workflow for creating 32-bit HDR images and tone mapping them and editing using HDR Express 2 export plug-in for Adobe Lightroom.

This presentation looks best at 720p and full screen.

Thanks for watching.


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Nov 072012


Coupon Code for Unified Color software:


Or click below to receive your “HDR360pro” discount automatically:

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HDR Express 2 »

Nov 072012

I think that this is a major advance in HDR tone mapping!