Most Useful Photoshop Plugins for HDR Photography

Looking for a way to increase the quality of your HDR photography with as little works as possible? Yeah, you and everyone else. Luckily there are a few awesome Photoshop plugins available that will really allow to you boost the quality of your HDR with minimal time and effort.

1) Noiseware Pro. There is a big issue with HDR photography in that the more images you process, the noisier they get. This effect can be amplified if you were shooting in dark conditions or at a high ISO to begin with. Enter the Noiseware Professional plugin for Adobe Photoshop. This bad boy can take even the grainiest of photos and reduce the noise and increase the quality. I’ve been amazed at how much the quality of my compositions have improved after making the investment in Noiseware. It isn’t super cheap for considering its between $ 50 and $ 70 depending on your version, but I’ve found this to be an indispensable tool when it comes to getting the most out of my software and photographs.

2) Topaz Adjust. After processing your HDR photos do they still seem a little drab and lifeless. Depending on the shooting conditions you started with, this could definitely be the case. If you run into this problem, then Topaz Adjust could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. When it comes to adding a little “pop” to your photos, Topaz is the best Photoshop plugin out there. Like Noiseware, it costs around $ 50, but is money well spent if you want to add a new level of professionalism to your images.

3 Photomatix Pro. The Photomatix Pro plugin for Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop is an excellent tool for improving the workflow of your HDR. Previously it was really difficult to switch applications, and now it couldn’t be easier. If you already have Photomatix, this won’t improve the quality of your photos a ton, but will make it a heck of a lot easier to get them created.

There are hundreds of plugins and tools for HDR creation, but I’ve definitely found that these are three of the best. Invest in them, and you should see a huge increase in the quality of your photos.

Wanting to improve your HDR photography? Take a look at some fantastic photography examples and HDR photo tips at Daily HDR.

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