HDR in Aperture, Photomatix and Pixelmator

HDR in Aperture, Photomatix and Pixelmator

In this video, I demonstrate how to use Trey Ratcliff's HDR photography methods in Aperture and Pixelmator using layer masks and digital blending. 

The photo I use to demonstrate is "Break Between Storms", which I published a few days ago

I blended the foreground, Lighthouse and tree into the dramatic sky that Photomatix gave me. I then applied a Gaussian blur and darkened the sky with an overlay layer setting. Then I sought to add some light streaks from between the clouds and sun with a zoom blur and blended that in.

I couldn't quite duplicate the second photo I screencasted but the gist of the technique is still there.

Tools:

I bought Aperture for Mac when it was nearly half the price of Adobe Lightroom. Since then, Lightroom has dropped in price to ~$120USD, $40USD more than Aperture and much more robust for editing. Specifically, I have found the noise reduction in Lightroom is far superior to Aperture in addition to all the many tools included such as radial and gradient filters to name a few features.

Adobe Lightroom 5: http://amzn.to/1mPt2Nm
Aperture for Mac: http://bit.ly/1eyJgZg

Photomatix by HDRSoft: http://www.hdrsoft.com/

Pixelmator for Mac $30USD: http://bit.ly/NEw623

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