Photomatix Aperture Plug-In or Nik HDEfex Pro 2

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hisoy86 Regular Member • Posts: 182
Photomatix Aperture Plug-In or Nik HDEfex Pro 2

I have been trying out both of the above HDR packages this week. I can't seem to control where Photomatix saves my HDR photos. They seem to end up in the ApLibrary by default. I would like to save them elsewhere. HDEfex Pro seems to give you a choice. Am I missing something? I also got some corrupted pics with the first ones I made. Photomatix seems faster than HDEfex, but produces about the same quality.

My questions....

1. Are there reasons to prefer one over the other? I prefer the realistic look.

2. Are there advantages in getting the Photomatix Pro vs. the Aperture plug-in?

3. It appears the NIK package is a little more flexible, but slower?

Hardware is Late 2011 MBP 15" w/HiDef screen and 8 GB.

Thanks to all commenters in advance

Hisoy86

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ticktockdoc Junior Member • Posts: 28
Re: Photomatix Aperture Plug-In or Nik HDEfex Pro 2

Photomatix vs HDR Effex 1...I prefer Photomatix but v2 of HDR Effex Pro is a vast improvement, particularly in the realism arena. Very easy to remain natural.

I use it as a photoshop plugin and it is quite snappy there. I here LR and Aperture are slower hosts.

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jbagg Regular Member • Posts: 237
Re: Photomatix Aperture Plug-In or Nik HDEfex Pro 2

I tried both Photomatix and Nik HDR Efex Pro 1. I chose the Nik HDR software because I prefer HDR images that look natural and the Nik software seemed to give me more natural results by default. I now have the new version of Nik HDR Efex Pro and I believe the results are even more natural looking.

As for integration with Aperture, both products have plugins available. Photomatix has additional functionality if you run it stand-alone. I believe Photomatix Pro, when stand-alone, can do batch processing, whereas the Nik software cannot.

Here's an example of an HDR image of a sunrise I processed in both Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 and Aperture 3.3: http://www.flickr.com/photos/baggaley/7578388800/

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OP hisoy86 Regular Member • Posts: 182
Re: Photomatix Aperture Plug-In or Nik HDEfex Pro 2

Thanks for the feedback. I think it is close either way. Leaning toward the Photomatix plugin at this time.

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vizwiz Regular Member • Posts: 388
Re: Photomatix Aperture Plug-In or Nik HDEfex Pro 2

I had compared photomatix vs hard efex 1 a few months ago and went with photomatix. Within a couple of hours of playing with the new hdr efex pro 2 however, I was shelling out $85 for a copy of that. Photomatix is now collecting dust on my SSD drive. HDR Efex Pro2 has some great presets for a range of realism, and they can be tweaked fairly intuitively. A clear winner IMO.

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eyeu Contributing Member • Posts: 978
Re: Photomatix Aperture Plug-In or Nik HDEfex Pro 2

Why don't you download trials of each...see which you prefer. I like the NIK HDR pro2..big improvement over the initial NIK HDR.
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