I finally had a chance to open up the new Photomatix Pro 4 program, currently in public beta. I had been looking forward to checking out some of the new features, particularly the anti-ghosting capabilities.
Some people have had mixed results with the anti-ghosting feature, but in the case of this bracket set it seemed to work very well. I knew that the peacock had moved his head while I was shooting the bracket — which previously prevented me from bothering to process it — so I figured it would be a good test of the new Photomatix.
During processing, Photomatix Pro 4 allows you to draw a boundary around an area that is ghosted. From there, you can select Preview to see how Photomatix will handle the ghosting by pulling information from a single exposure. If that doesn’t work out well, you have the choice of selecting another exposure, which I did in this case by choosing the -2EV frame. Once this is done, you can proceed along in the usual fashion.
Just for grins, I ran the same bracket through the program without choosing the anti-ghosting features, which I assume is using much the same algorithm that Photomatix Pro 3 used. The result of that pass was this:
While this was just my first pass with the program, things look pretty good. There are other new features that I’ll talk about in future blog posts, so please do stay tuned.