I’ve used just about every tone-mapping product out there in the years that I’ve incorporated HDR with my photography. Ultimately, I’ve always found the results that Photomatix produces to be most favorable for me. Whenever anyone asks me which product they should use for tone-mapping, I always recommend that they download the trial installers of each, run the same sets of brackets through ’em, and make an educated decision as to which fits best. It’s also important to note that you don’t have to use just one! There are times when HDR Efex Pro by Nik suits my needs for a particular photo.

In any case, HDRSoft announced a big update to their popular Photomatix product line with v5. You can learn more over at their site: http://www.hdrsoft.com/. This photo was tone-mapped with Photomatix and then stylized using Nik Color Efex Pro 4. I took it on a recent urbex shoot with +Todd Sipes and +Dan Hughes.