HDRsoft, makers of Photomatix software for High Dynamic Range (HDR) photo editing, have updated their Photomatix Pro software to include a plugin for Capture One that merges bracketed images to HDR. The new plugin enables Capture One users to merge images taken with different exposures without leaving their Catalog or Session. Users can then adjust the contrast, tone and color of the merged HDR image with Photomatix Pro’s presets and settings before reimporting it to their Catalog or Session in Capture One. Alternatively, they can merge to HDR with a simple exposure fusion process using the Photomatix ‘Natural’ preset and then further adjust the merged image with Capture One’s High Dynamic Range tool.
The Merge to HDR plugin offers options to automatically align hand-held bracketed exposures, and to remove ‘ghosts’ created when moving people or objects are present in the scene.
Also added in Photomatix Pro 6.2 is support for CR3 RAW files, used by newer Canon cameras, and many additional camera models. The Capture One plugin works with version 12 and higher. Photomatix Pro 6.2, including the plugin, is a free upgrade for customers who purchased a Photomatix Pro 6 or Photomatix Pro 5 license. An upgrade price of US$29 is available for customers who purchased a license for earlier versions, and a full license is a US$99 one-time purchase. Photomatix Pro 6.2 is available for Microsoft Windows (XP/Vista/7/8/10) and Macintosh (macOS 10.6 or higher).