HDR Module

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging Software Module for QuickPHOTO

High Dynamic Range (HDR) additional software module for QuickPHOTO programs is a powerful new visualization tool that allows you to see the entire dynamic range of your microscopic or stereomicroscopic samples. Traditional non-HDR digital cameras can only provide a fraction of a samples luminosity. Information in darker parts of the image are lost as well as information in saturated or extremely bright areas of the sample. Microphotographs with a limited exposure range result in the loss of detail in highlights or shadows. The module can be used for creation of HDR images of static samples acquired using microscopes, for macro images as well as for standard photography.

Try HDR module for FREE NOW!

  1. Download demo version of HDR module.
  2. Install the demo version into one of the supported QuickPHOTO programs.
    If you do not have QuickPHOTO program yet, download and install its 30-day trial version.
  3. Evaluate the features of HDR module. (Demo version provides all
    the features of a full version, but a watermark will be inserted into
    the created images).
  4. Contact us for purchasing a full license.

Features Overview:

  • Creation of excellent quality HDR images by merging series of bracketed images
  • Automatic or manual merging methods available. Following adjustments are available: overexposure compensation, underexposure compensation, midtone, brightness, contrast, saturation and hue.
  • Interactive preview and histogram of an HDR image
  • Suitable for microscopy images, macro images as well as standard photography
  • Can be used with Deep Focus (EDF) module to produce fully focused HDR images (EDF + HDR).

How It Works:

The procedure behind a creation of an HDR image is following:

  1. Acquisition of Series of Bracketed Images
    First step is the acquisition of series of bracketed images of a static sample (with consecutive change of exposure time). A series of bracketed images might look e.g. like this one:

    HDR Module - series of bracketed images for merging to HDR image

  2. Creation of an HDR Image
    In second step a series of bracketed images is merged to an HDR image by HDR module.

The whole process can be done manually or it can be automated. The level of automation depends on a type of used imaging device (for more information see Automation tab).

Video Tutorials:

How to use HDR module with PROMICAM USB 3.0 digital cameras (Automated HDR Image Creation):

Automated HDR Image Creation:

The process of acquisition of series of bracketed images and HDR image creation can be automated, when following cameras are used:

This option makes the creation of an HDR images very comfortable and suitable also for routine work, because there is no need to manually acquire the series of bracketed images and prepare them for merging.

Features Available for Various Imaging Devices:

Imaging device Manual HDR Automated HDR Automated HDR +
automated Deep Focus module
PROMICAM USB 3.0 Yes Yes Yes
PROMICAM USB 2.0 Yes Yes Yes
Canon® EOS Digital SLR Cameras Yes Yes1 Yes1
Lumenera® INFINITY Yes Yes2 No
Other devices Yes2 No No

1 Not supported in Windows Vista® operating system.
2 Can be used with Deep Focus module manually (without motorization).

Use with Deep Focus (EDF) Module:

The HDR module can be used together with Deep Focus (Extended Depth of Filed) module to automatically acquire fully focused (EDF) HDR images.

In order to do so, following additional accessories are needed:
  1. PROMICAM USB 3.0, PROMICAM USB 2.0 digital camera or supported Canon EOS DSLR camera
  2. QuickPHOTO program (all 3.1 program versions are compatible)
  3. Deep Focus (Extended Depth of Field - EDF) software module for QuickPHOTO
  4. One of the motorized stands or additional focus drives compatible with CB-ZM control unit:
  5. CB-ZM control unit

All images were acquired using HDR module, Deep Focus module, PROMICAM USB 3.0 camera, SUNFLOWER illuminator, SZ2-ST-ZM motorized stand on OLYMPUS SZX7 stereomicroscope.

Here you can find an image of the used microscope setup.

System Requirements:

Minimum Requirements Recommended Specifications
Processor Single-core 2.4 GHz Multi-core processor
Operating Memory 2 GB more than 2 GB
Operating System Microsoft® Windows®
Vista/7/8/8.1/10 32bit or 64bit
Microsoft® Windows®
7/8/8.1/10 64bit
Monitor Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels

You can find the compatibility table of supported imaging devices with operating systems here.

Canon® is a registered trademark of Canon Inc.
Lumenera® is a registered trademark of Lumenera Corporation.
Microsoft®, Windows®, Windows Vista® are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp.


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