Aurora HDR Pro is Live!

It’s been 10 long days, now it’s here!

Want to see what the new Aurora HDR Pro is all about? Here’s a Deep Dive video that shows how fun and amazing the software is!

It’s really just incredible… I use it to make all my HDR images. It has layers, curves, special glows, and more! I think you’re gonna love it. Here it is in our store!

And here’s a list of all the features! :)

  • Revolutionary tone-mapping technology (less noise, realistic results).
  • Advanced high quality image processing engine.
  • JPEG, PNG, TIFF support
  • Adobe RGB wide color profile support.
  • ProPhoto wide color profile support.
  • Built-in sample photos.
  • Native RAW files support (Aurora HDR Pro)
  • Real-time image processing.
  • 38 HDR presets in 5 categories.
  • Signature presets by Trey Ratcliff (Aurora HDR Pro)
  • Custom presets import and export.
  • Layers & Masking.
  • Support of different Blend modes for Layers.
  • Custom texture overlays
  • Luminosity masking.
  • Custom brush for selective editing.
  • Gradient masking tool.
  • Layer source changing.
  • Masking with brackets.
  • Color clipping preview.
  • Duplicate layer.
  • Advanced Tone Mapping controls.
  • Smart Tone technology
  • Highlights / Midtones / Shadows adjusters.
  • Whites & Blacks.
  • Advanced Structure & Clarity technology.
  • HDR denoise.
  • Image Radiance effect.
  • Color contrast tool.
  • Image Details enhancer tool.
  • Glow effect.
  • Graduated ND filter emulation (“Top & Bottom Lighting”).
  • Tone curve tool.
  • Color filter tool – Selective coloring.
  • Color toning.
  • Vignette.
  • Automatic Alignment
  • Automatic Deghosting
  • Automatic Chromatic aberration reduction.
  • Histogram.
  • Crop tool.
  • Align image.
  • Quick compare
  • Side by side comparison.
  • Image navigator window.
  • Full Screen preview mode.
  • Facebook sharing.
  • Flickr sharing.
  • SmugMug sharing.
  • Export to email.
  • Export to iMessage.
  • Export to other apps.
  • Export to Photos for Mac.
  • Export to Creative Kit apps.
  • Photoshop plug-in (Aurora HDR Pro)
  • Lightroom plug-in (Aurora HDR Pro)
  • Aperture plug-in (Aurora HDR Pro)

Some of my favorite Aurora HDR Pro Images!

Holy Aurora Batman! I made my own HDR Software for Macs and it’s available now!

Aurora HDR Pro Pre-order Now Available

Grab the Pre-order for Aurora HDR Pro now! I’m so excited! This is the only software I use now for my photos that I edit on my Macs — it’s just incredible. It will be released in just 10 days, but you can grab get the pre-order package now.

Over the past year I’ve been slaving away on this with our partners at Macphun. You probably know many of the other Macphun products… I’ve been using their plugins for years and I think they are an amazing company. Well, about a year ago, we decided to combine forces to build the ultimate HDR Software.

Some of my favorite features of the new software

Not only are the HDR results simply amazing, but this tool is so jam-packed with features and bells and whistles that it’s all you need. Some of you that have been watching my other HDR Tutorials know how I used MANY tools including Lightroom, Photoshop, and other plugins. Well now I don’t use ANY of those —just this!

Aurora HDR Pro has LAYERS, HDR de-noise, that special “glow” effect you see in my photos sometimes that give them that fairy-tale look, curves, adjustments for the “HDRness” of the Top or Bottom of the photo, color filters, and, well, 100 other little things!

What’s going on with the Pre-order?

Many things! The actual release date is November 19th — but if you’re as excited as me and ready to get it now then you’ll get some special bonuses! The Pre-Order includes:

  • Aurora HDR Pro for Mac (Available for download Nov 19th)
  • 20 minute Aurora HDR tutorial video by me
  • Bonus presets to get you started
  • 11 HD wallpapers I made with Aurora HDR
  • 11 sets of my bracketed images you can use for practice

Pre-Order Aurora HDR Pro for just $89! Includes exclusive bonuses!
Offer ends November 18th

Pre-Order Now

Here’s some sample images!

I made all of these with ONLY Aurora HDR Pro. Some of these literally only took a few minutes. It’s SO fast!

My Studio in the Fresh Snow


I processed this one with MacPhun Intensify. It really did a great job with the sharpness and color tones, I think!

Daily Photo – My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Here’s the studio I walk to every day from the main house. Every now and then in the autumn and winter there is a wonderful snow that falls and gives everything a parallel-universe feeling. I find I have to take these photos early in the morning because in late afternoon, all the white snow starts to melt off the trees and you lose that nice reverse-contrast feeling.

My Studio in the Fresh Snow

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time1/6400
  • Aperture
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias-0.7

The Temple Rises and the new MacPhun Review!

New Macphun Review!

Check out the Macphun Review here on the site. It’s been a long time since I’ve been excited about a nice piece of software… You can also pop right over to buy it at MacPhun Creative Kit!

Here’s a few sneak peaks of what it looks like… more inside the review!



Daily Photo – The Temple Rises at ปราสาทสัจธรรม

I just visited this rather AMAZING temple here in Thailand. This is called Wang Boran. After I got down through the trees to explore more, I was completely shocked at this place. Wow… Maybe you can get a sense of it from the other pictures in the MacPhun review above… will write more about the story of it all soon! 

The Temple Rises at ปราสาทสัจธรรม

Photo Information

  • Date Taken
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time10
  • Aperture5.6
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length12.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

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