HDR with Photomatix: The “More” and “Advanced” Detail Enhancer Options

HDR with Photomatix: The “More” and “Advanced” Detail Enhancer Options

You know what the basic sliders in Photomatix do, but what about the “More Options” and “Advanced Options” sliders?  Below is a breakdown of those sliders.  If you’re looking for a full HDR Tutorial, click here to read my detailed tutorial on using Photomatix for HDR.

  • Smooth Highlights: reduces contrast enhancement in the image’s highlights.  Drag this slider to the right if you’re seeing halos in your images.
  • White Point:  moving this slider to the right increases global contrast.  Moving it to the left decreases highlight clipping. This is handy when your clouds look blown out.
  • Black Point:  This slider helps set the image’s black point.  Moving it to the left reduces shadow clipping.
  • Gamma: adjusts mid-tones and has the effect of brightening the image when dragged to the right.
  • Temperature: adjusts the color temperature.  Moving this slider to the right gives the image a yellower tone while moving it to the left gives the images a bluer tone.

The Advanced Options:

  • Micro-smoothing: smoothes the enhancement of small details.  Moving this slider to the right can help reduce noise in the sky.
  • Saturation Highlights: does exactly what it says: controls saturation in the highlights.
  • Saturation Shadows: another slider that does exactly what it says: affects saturation in the shadows.
  • Shadows Smoothness: reduces contrast in the shadows.  Dragging this slider to the right has the practical effect of decreasing the “brightness” in the shadow areas.
  • Shadows Clipping: clips shadows to black.  Slide this to the right to make shadow areas black.

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