Many of you probably don’t know this but I’ve been interested in HDR photography for quite some time, dabbling a little but never really publishing anything. Recently this has started to change and I have some exciting things to post coming in the next few weeks. Today I want to review a little known HDR app which also has a Windows version, from a company called Everimaging.
My experience is with the mac version but it would be safe to say that the windows version would be pretty much the same.
I really like this app. HDR programs have a tendency to be a bit daunting if your new to it all, or they lack some of the major features that can turn a HDR photograph from the ridiculous to the beautiful. For mac users you will be delighted they HDR Darkroom Pro follows mac design conventions and you get a nice UI (user interface) that is very familiar.
The website says that it’s fast. I can say that it is very fast and with the recent update which was available for download earlier this week it’s even faster. However I shoot panoramas, for various reasons which i’ll post about later. One thing with panoramas is the file sizes are huge. I’ve found that in some cases my 3 panorama images can’t be opened up because it couldn’t handle the size. This is probably more my iMac’s fault for being a bit long in the tooth (i’ll get a new one at some point) but I’ve found that Photomatix Pro can open these files with out to many problems.
While I’m pointing out the issues I’ll mention the other little thing that bugs me. There is no Aperture or Lightroom plugin. Not to much of a big deal but it would be nice.
Now for the good stuff. I actually love HDR Darkroom Pro, I like the controls and everything just seems to make sense. There aren’t any presets which could be a pit fall for new players but the UI is nice enough that with a few tweaks of the sliders you’ll be on your way to some great HDR photographs.
HDR Darkroom Pro has some neat little features to make life a little easier. It handles RAW flies with more then 150 compatible cameras, and easy export to social media sites like flickr or facebook. Before you ask, yes it can work with single RAW files and LDR (jpg etc…) so your basis are covered.
The controls include three types of Tone Mapping, control over black and white points, noise reduction, colour balance, and anything else you would expect to find in a HDR application.
As I mentioned before I really like HDR Darkroom Pro, and I continue to test it to see if I can open some of the large Panorama files. The workflow and UI is great for all people whether you are new to HDR or you have and idea of what you are doing then HDR Darkroom Pro is a great app that will get you processing some great looking images in no time.
If your a mac user you can get HDR Darkroom Pro through the App Store, so search for it. If your interested in a windows version or you need more information you can check out the EverImaging website.