Photomatix 4.2.3 – Review by Gary Smith

A number of years ago I became very intrigued with HDR images and it made my blood run on a high level of energy. I remember seeing for the first time an image that was labeled as an HDR image. That was it for me. My journey began studying and learning all I could about the theory and makings of such photography.

There were not many choices to make at this period in time for software to undertake this task. The first program I came across was purchased immediately. Was I happy with the results, NO ~ I was not a Happy Camper! I picked up my Tent and went on another adventure to find something better.

Photomatix Pro was the answer! Proudly made by HDRsoft

Remember, Photomatix Pro offers a Trial Version that is perfect for anyone wishing to learn. You can continue to use this program with no restrictions for as long as you wish and when you process your image it leaves 3 watermarks on your image. Not a Bad deal to learn before you buy!
Now if you do decide to purchase this software you can use:


as the coupon code and save 15% ! A great deal!

The program comes with a long list of presets to help get you started right away. As for me, I always begin with the default setting and begin at the top left adjusting the sliders until I am happy with my image. I usually use 5 exposures so I can capture all of the Dynamic Range of Colors I feel are needed to create the image desired. You can process 1 exposure and I have processed up to 9 exposures with no problems.

The results are spectacular to say the least!

A View of the Interface:

As you can see the interface is quite straight forward and extremely easy to use. You can move your preset panel from the bottom to the right and the ability to double your presets into two columns. Your custom presets can be saved for later use. I have 25 presets in my custom file already.

In the end, If you are serious about your HDR creations, consider Photomatix as your Engine to Process them.


When I give workshops in the local area Photomatix is what I use to demonstrate on how I create my HDR images after we have been out learning how to capture the images. My Short Version HDR Tutorial will give you some guidance of how I process my images and the software I use to create some of the images below:

This review will be updated periodically – so stay Tuned!

I hope this review has been helpful and if you have any questions…

Drop me a note!

  • Cricket

    I am so glad you introduced me to this product. I am loving it!

    • Gary

      Isn’t it one of the best you have ever seen Cricket!!! I am so happy to hear that you are loving it and beginning to use it!!!

    • Gary Smith

      Isn’t it one of the best you have ever seen Cricket!!! I am so happy to hear that you are loving it and beginning to use it!!!

  • Deanie Cole

    Hi Gary, I am looking into HDR now, I was reading your recomendations for all the software for HDR. You mentioned Photomatrix pro, Denoise, topaz adjust, nik color efex pro4 and Nik Viveza. are all these needed to produce HDR images? And if Not,What are the needed software? Thanks,

    • Gary Smith

      Hi Deanie,
      The only software needed to process your HDR images is Photomatix. The other software I use to further enhancing my images which are plug-ins for Photoshop. If I had to choose one software other than Photomatix it would be a noise removal program. Any other questions you may have, just let me Know!!


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