How to Batch-Process HDR Panoramas - dummies

How to Batch-Process HDR Panoramas

When you have your master frame completed, batch-process the rest of the panorama for HDR. Here’s how, in Photomatix Pro: after you process your Raw images (if necessary) and then create and tone map the master frame. Your goal is a settings file that can be used during batch processing. You don’t even need to save the tone mapped image.

  1. Organize the source images in a new folder.

    You can use JPEGs, 8-bit TIFFS, or 16-bit TIFFs. It’s easiest to identify an entire folder to perform batch processing on. This keeps things separate so you’re assured of processing the images you want and not others. And always keep original Raw photos in a safe place, well away from Raw editors and HDR applications.

  2. Create a destination folder.

  3. In Photomatix Pro in the Workflow Shortcuts window (this window should automatically appear when you run Photomatix Pro), click the Batch Processing button.

    You use the Batch Processing of Differently Exposed Images dialog box to enter all the information required to automatically create the HDR and tone map all the images for your panorama. Pretty cool.

  4. Select the Tone Map with Details Enhancer check box and then click the Settings button.

    You’re presented with a tone mapping settings dialog box.

  5. Although you can enter the settings manually, click the Load button; in the Load Tone Mapping Settings from and XMP File dialog box, select the master frame tone mapping settings XMP file, and then click the Load button, as shown.

    This is where creating the master frame tone mapping settings file pays off.


This figure shows the final panorama, edited and cropped. You can see from this figure how important it is to have the same settings applied to each frame of the panorama. Otherwise, you would easily be able to tell where one frame ends and the other begins. Your goal, after all, is seamlessness.