Photomatix Essentials merges multiple exposures of the same scene into a single HDR image that reveals both highlight and shadow details. The merge includes automatic alignment of your photos (which is particularly important if they are taken hand-held), and the option to automatically remove ‘ghosts’ created by objects or people moving between the shots. It also includes an option to apply a high quality noise reduction to your photos before merging them.
You can even use Photomatix Essentials to enhance a single photo, using tone mapping to bring out details in highlights and shadows areas.
The software works with JPEG, TIFF, PSD and RAW files, and lets you save the processed image as JPEG or 16-bit TIFF. Photomatix Essentials was designed for photographers who want an easy-to-use introduction to HDR that is powerful enough to produce professional-quality results. It is a simple and intuitive application, and is based on the same internal HDR processing engines as Photomatix Pro, the industry-leading HDR software.
This app has just been updated, it’s a free upgrade but if you haven’t already purchased this app, you can do so here