I hardly use HDR software; I usually combine two exposures of one image in Photoshop if necessary.

But this time I tried Photomatix Pro 5 since I shot three bracketed images below.

1) Open Photomatix.
2) Click “Load Bracketed Photos
3) “Browse” and choose images and click “OK”

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Merge to HDR4) “Merge to HDR Option” window appears. (screen shot right) I should have checked “Crop aligned image” as recommended for Hand-held.

Click “Align and Show Deghosting“.

 

 

 

5) “Deghosting Options” window appears. Notice that image has ghosts — yellow and green arrows on this screen shot. I chose “Selective Deghosting“(red arrow) instead of Automatic Deghosting.

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6) Draw the parts you want to deghost by clicking control key. Then you can “preview” (red arrow, screen shot below) before you click “OK”.

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7) The Preview shows no more ghosts.

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8) Click “OK”.

9) “Adjust and Preview” window appears.

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“Interior 3”

Choose a style  from the right column. These are two other choices I like:

10) I decided on Interior 3. Click “Apply” on the left bottom.

11) A Tonemapped image and “Finishing Touch” windows appear. I just chose “Mild Contrast” from “Contrast” tab from Finishing Touch window”

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Finishing Touch

12) Click “Done” and Save from File on top menu. (This “Save” as Tiff only)

13) Since I didn’t choose “Crop aligned image” at the beginning (4), I had to crop the very thin line at bottom of image in another application. 😩

 

Here is a closer HDR shot of the chess players at Shoreline Farmers Market.

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A final image from three exposure images.

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