Review of Machinery HDR Effects

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  • Updated April 2017 This review is essentially based upon version 2.9 but there is little to the basics that has changed up to 3.0.25 issued this month, except those additional features that come along regularly like sharpening and correction of chromatic…

  • Here is the Editor. You can paste single image files directly into here for processing but, if there are several to be merged to HDR, go into the Explorer and drag from the thumbnails into the project window underneath, make sure you have them all selecte…

  • Edit - Basics Once you have invoked the editor with your project, I find that Machinery usually does a pretty good job before I even intervene. In most cases all I have to do is fine tune the brightness, perhaps also the contrast sometimes in the Basics…


  • Edit - HDR After using the Basic controls, I select the HDR controls and mostly have to tweak the light and dark settings. I often also have to set the micro contrast, which is in another set of controls on the right, but not always. And that usually is…

  • Result of merging and mapping the project shown in Explorer I am thrilled with this result and cannot wait to get to work on it with the full version of Machinery. It looks a lot better on my monitor than it does here. I do have some other stuff here in…

  • This is the result of Machinery automation, no need to tweak at all Previously one of my failures, although I used part of the frame to overlay onto another which, to my way of thinking, was spectacularly successful. See the composite of Zion National Pa…


  • Rejected before but easily mapped here In PhotoEngine, ghosting forced me to resort to only one frame but it was not a success, not what I had in mind. This is exactly what I wanted and in Machinery very quickly done. Page 7 of 11

  • Not at all good before but very happy with result here This is exactly what I wanted, again now possible thanks to Machinery. I followed up with only a little work in Photoshop to darken and give more colour to the sky on the left. I had spent hours on i…

  • A big improvement You will find this with a much better sky in my album for the South Western USA. However, instead of having to use only one frame and then spend hours making very necessary improvements, straight out of Machinery there is little that re…


  • Much easier to reach this stage Like the shot two up before this one in this review, almost from the same spot in Powell Point, Grand Canyon at sunset, I had been limited to using only one frame because of ghosting. I was shocked because there only was t…