Blending Software

Currently the best-known dedicated software for blending a range of exposures is Photomatix, a cross-platform program that also handles HDR generation and tone mapping.

Although both blending and hand-tone-mapping have a similar purpose in compressing a high dynamic range captured in different exposures, the techniques are quite different. Of the two, blending is easier to understand, and the several Photomatix options follow the same basic principle as the highlight-and-shadow blending method described on page 104105. They are, however, more refined and automated.

Compare the description here with that of HDR and tone mapping on the following pages. Both methods use the same source files. Blending, which is called Exposure ...

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