By Tai Shimizu
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Light Compressor lets you easily combine multiple exposures into striking HDR images. Simply load up any number of images and Light Compressor will combine (and align if necessary) the images for you allowing you to tweak the curves, tone mapping, and saturation.
A must-have companion for anyone who shoots bracketed images, or people wanting to give individual images that HDR look through the use of tone mapping.
What's New in Version 2.1
• Improved tone mapping algorithm
• Improved auto-alignment
• Added simple contrast slider in addition to curves
• Improved curves interface
• Updated icon
• Updated interface
Won't auto register well and prior manual register seems missing.
I didn't have the prior version befor 2.1 but it had decent reviews for the price. Apparently the prior version had manual image aline adjust that is now missing and there is no help file. If you have a simple well defined scene it will auto-register fairly well. On a rural scene with trees and bushes it wouldn't register the images very well which gave it a more "painted" type appearance, not what I was after. Photoshop Elements 11 did a much better job of registering and both the auto and manual modes seemed to work well. It won't boost the range as well as LC but with post processing in PSE11 you could get similar results with better registration. Actually, picking the best of bracketed shots and applying filters with Aperture was almost as satisfying.
Like This A Lot
This app doesn't have all the presets you get with something like Photomatrix, but I believe you will be much happier with this app. It is crisp and to the point, and gives HDR images a very good rendering. This is not to be dismissed or ignored. I'm using an iMac with Mountain Lion and have had no issues with this app. It does everything it's supposed to do and it does them well. That's all I can ask.
If you want terrible looking, blurry HDR photos then this is your app
I take all my photos with a top-of-the-line tripod. I auto-bracket and my images are sharp as a tack. When I import my images into this app the end result is blurry, awful looking garbage. Zero stars if that were an option.