HDR Darkroom is not new to the HDR industry but they have made improvements in their software. From the tests I
- Simple controls but very powerful
- Can save as a variety of formats and even .HDR
- No memory lag
- Quick and smooth rendering and tone mapping
- Handles DNG RAW files
- Only $99, now on sale for $79
- No loupe or way to zoom in as far as you want
- With the limited controls some images turn at as better B&W HDRs that color ones
- No halo control
- Same price as Photomatix
As with all the HDR software I test I processed the same 7 photos through HDR Darkroom to compare the basic settings. Below you can see a basic HDR without major tone mapping. The photo is from the Rahway River Park in Rahway, NJ. You can see all the comparisons in my Flickr set.
I decided to run a test on a single photo HDR and better yet, do it of portrait. Below you can see that while it’s not a bad result I can not get rid of the Halo in HDR Darkroom because of the limited tone mapping options.
Next on the list is another new photo from my recent trip to Washington DC. This single photo couldn’t tone map good enough to remain in color but looks absolutely wonderful in Black and White.
So now you’ve seen on examples. Is HDR Darkroom worth the current $79 sale price? Is it worth the $99 regular price? I do not know. For that
Thanks for reading and happy shooting,
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The single HDR results above could also be achieved with Topaz Adjust 4