How can I go about HDRI software for Ubuntu 12.04 Beta2? Your help would be highly. appreciated

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There are some great tools for the Photographer to utilize. I can name more than a dozen but lets focus on the main object. Getting the right look for an HDR photo.

You will need Ufraw to process RAW photos

You will need Luminance HDR and the Hugin plug-in to process HDR images

You will need Gimp for the final touches

Let me cover 3 things to be able to develop HDR photos

Setup or Pre-process:

Taking the photos is just the beginning to the end. You will need 3 or more photos of the same object, from the same distance with the same focus but with different exposures.

See this Tutorial for Pre-Process setup and recommendations

HDR Development:

This is where the magic starts to happen. Using 3, 5, 7, 9 or more photos you will have a deviation of exposures and will combined them using the software indicated. The Hugin plugin is used for straightening the edges and layering the images on top of each other.

See this Tutorial for HDR Development using Luminance

Post processing:

I like to use GIMP to manipulate the final image settings. This way the photographer gives the photo its final blessing.

See this Tutorial for Post Processing using GIMP

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    I "was" going to add an answer, but your awesome answer here would only cause my self-esteem to go down ^^. How about adding enblend.sourceforge.net which is the only up to date missing from the list that I know of. Dec 26, 2012 at 22:07
  • @LuisAlvarado thanks, and your enblend is not a HDR application, more of a sticher that is able to composite pieces of photos.
    – Ringtail
    Dec 26, 2012 at 23:04
  • Its still a good reference.
    – Seth
    Dec 26, 2012 at 23:44
  • Note: Luminance HDR is capable of using Hugin to auto-align images so it isn't a hard requirement that they be perfectly aligned. Mar 19, 2016 at 6:05

Look at Luminance HDR.
These notes might be useful.
It was called Qtpfsgui earlier.

And fotoxx (from the comments here) is also an Ubuntu package -- Looks promising, I'll try it too.

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    It is still called qtpfsgui in 12.04 beta2, so search for that in software center or in terminal sudo apt-get install qtpfsgui. Another utility is fotoxx but I have no experience using it.
    – taneli
    Apr 14, 2012 at 13:42

Macrofusion - maybe not best, but worth to try:

... and PPA:

Disclaimer: I am the developer/maintainer of Macrofusion.

  • After I import some pictures and change some settings and click "Preview" all I see is this: i.imgur.com/VaVfPzD.png Is there something I can do about that?
    – Seth
    Feb 10, 2014 at 3:54
  • I guess its a bug, this is what I get in the terminal when I click "preview": paste.ubuntu.com/6907173
    – Seth
    Feb 10, 2014 at 4:03

For me it depends for what arrangement you need it. For example, for iPhone or for MAC. By the way, for MAC I recommend the next one: https://aurorahdr.com/ You already have a pending invitation to this account which I found very efficient.

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    Sorry, this answer doesn't help Ubuntu users.
    – Danibix
    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:31

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