Photomatix Essentials is an easy to use standalone program designed to create images with a high dynamic range (HDR). Over the last few years, HDR photography has become very popular because it reproduces a greater level of luminosity levels compared to standard photography. It is usually achieved by combining three different images shot at underexposed, balanced and overexposed levels.
In Photomatix, the process of creating an HDR image is divided into three simple steps. In the first step, the program will ask you to add your bracketed photos – here you add the three photos that are taken at different exposure levels. You can also add two photos or a single photo. You can drag and drop photos or add them using the browse button. In the next step, the three photos will be merged into HDR mode, and by default, the photos will be automatically aligned to remove any kind of distortion.