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What is the best software (free/paid) available for creating HDR images?

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See also: – Rowland Shaw Nov 3 '10 at 13:14

my first choice: FDR Tools ... amazing stuff!

the Basic version is free, the Advanced version and the Photoshop plugin cost €39 each (€59 bundled)

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Huge tutorial here at Gizmodo- create-stunningly-realistic-high-dynamic-range-photographs. Based on Photoshop, but I'm sure that there's be some useful tips and techniques in there for any software.

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I've used Photomatix to great success, although it is not cheap.

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Hugin is a free tool that can create HDR images. It can also stitch pictures together to obtain a panorama.

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