HDR Comparison: Photoshop HDR and Photomatix

+2/-2 3 different exposure bracketing

+1/-1 3 different exposure bracketing

Two 3 brackets exposure photos was process using two different HDR. Left was process fully using adobe photoshop with light and shadow and color touch up and right with photomatix tone mapping with simple auto level. Photomatix produce a surreal effect photo with less headache with its tone mapping function in a button click meanwhile photoshop HDR function create a more natural effect photo with lots of layer effect and light and shadow adjustment to make it more enhance and better. This might not be a fair comparison because each software have multiple function and effect preset that take time to experiment.

Comparison: HDR and RAW

The photo on the left was created using 3 different exposure and on the right touched up by photo shop with RAW photo. By comparison, it look like photo taken using RAW look better than 3 different exposure HDR photo technique. HDR suppose to look better theoretically because the mix of three different exposure create a wider range of light and shadow in the photo to touch up in photo shop. Must be something wrong with the process or the exposure setting.