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There are only three packages I’ll list here, since these are the ones where I have the most familiarity. For other camera or software recommendations, see Trey’s Gear and Tools.
- Check price of the Macphun Aurora HDR Pro (I worked with Macphun for over a year to build the ultimate HDR software!l)
- Check price of the Macphun Creative Kit (Recommended for best deal)
- Check price of the Macphun Intensify (Best artistic product for cheapest price)
- Check price of the Macphun Tonality (a great black and white app with some surprising non black and white tricks!)
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Macphun Aurora HDR Pro
Announcing the World’s Most Advanced HDR Software
Introducing the new Aurora HDR Pro software for Macs! I developed this software along with Macphun, an amazing company that has already created many other stunning photography tools for the Mac. The idea that after 10 years I finally got to create my own High Dynamic Range photography software and jam-pack it with all my favorite tricks was absolutely intoxicating!
I’ve been using this software now for a short eternity, and I’ve figured out all kinds of different combinations that can make your pictures come brilliantly alive. Even though Aurora HDR Pro itself is easy and approachable, I think you’ll discover more and more uses for it over time as you begin to try new things.
Here’s a few photos I made using Aurora HDR Pro!
Macphun Intensify Review
This program is a standalone app, but it also integrates into Lightroom and Photoshop. I never use the standalone one. For quick shots and quick edits, I use the Lightroom Plugin, but for bigger projects where I take more time, I use the Photoshop version.
The controls are very easy and fun to use. I find them even easier to use than the Nik software. Now I know Nik really well, but I remember there being a bit of a learning curve.
One big thing that I find amazing is the SPEED! It’s so fast! Nik Color Efex Pro (which I guess is the closest competitor) is super duper slow… frustratingly slow.
Here’s some screenshots so you can see it in action!
Here’s what the Intensify interface looks like. Over on the right, you can see I’ve chosen Absolute Clarity. You can also see the little slider there that lets you adjust the intensity of the instensify.
I’m often jumping here into Intensify to do some final sharpening or perhaps give it a few final looks.
As you might expect, some of the presets are more extreme than others. So you get the chance to take the photo in whatever direction you like!
Anyway, this product is highly recommended!
Macphun Tonality Review
I am enjoying playing with Macphun Tonality. It’s very similar to Nik Silver Efex Pro in its results, I must say. I’m not really a mega B&W kind of guy to be honest… but I do dabble! I do think the controls are easier than Nik and it is definitely faster. I’m still piecing together my thoughts on it, but here are a few screenshots of me using it to give you an idea of the interface and the results.
I think perhaps the most outstanding thing here is not only the speed, but it’s the presets. They are very nicely organized. Everything from Street to Dramatic to Vintage. The thumbnail previews are nice and big… and it’s a very fast way to get many different quick looks at your photos.
One of the best ways to talk about the product is just to show it! Here’s some screenies:
Here we have Tonality Pro and, as you can see, it’s looking absolutely amazing! I was quite surprised to find out that a lot of the presets have quite a bit of color left in them. My initial impression of this being a black-and-white only product was wrong.
As opposed to the photo above, I also wanted to show how it can be used for subtle looks as well. If you look there on the right at the bottom, you’ll see I’m inside the “Street” presets.
I really love some of these remarkable texture effects. They are very easy to control and help give your photos a rather unique look!
There are a variety of photo frames, but I find that Nik Silver Efex Pro has a greater selection. This is too bad, because I think it would be easy to add a ton of different ones!
I really enjoyed playing with all the Street presets.
Down along the bottom, you can see some of the different “Dramatic” presets. Dramatic is only one of 10 different sets of presets.
I like how some of these different looks really emphasize one color over another.
I often find that the photo is more about the shapes, lines, and contrast than it is about the color. If I’m having trouble making a photo interesting, but I THINK there must be something there, I do a little conversion to Black and White. Tonality is so nice and quick and easy to use that it’s great for quick experimentation. Note I made this with an earlier version of Tonality.