In the last video, I have shown you what the new features of Photomatix Pro 5 are. And probably the most important one is the Contrast Optimizer. The Contrast Optimizer is a new tone mapping method that is tailored to produce more realistic results than the well-known Details Enhancer.
The Details Enhancer is what 95% of all photographers out there are using and it produces this distinct HDR look that you’re probably very familiar with. But the results can be very extreme and unnatural if you are not careful.
With the Contrast Optimizer the possible settings are more limited and centered around a natural look. It has less sliders which help you arrive at a natural looking HDR more easily and more quickly.
Check out this video to see the Contrast Optimizer in action.