Aurora HDR Software for Mac

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Announcing Aurora HDR 2017

Roughly one year ago I partnered with the amazing team at Macphun to develop an entirely new HDR software tool called Aurora HDR Pro. Since it’s release over 1.5million people have downloaded it. I’m blown away! Thank you for believing in us!

Well, we’ve got BIG news again! We’ve spent the last year developing an ENTIRELY NEW version of Aurora HDR. We’ve included a ton of new features based on your direct feedback, plus the team really focused on speed. This new version is FAST! And contains every imaginable tool needed to produce high-quality dramatic images, as well as Presets and helpful Tip Videos made by myself.

Note: Aurora HDR 2017 is still for Macs only. Yes, we truly are working on a Windows version (harder than it sounds). Sign up for our newsletter and when it’s released you will be the first to know!

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What are the new key features of Aurora HDR 2017?

All NEW…

  • Batch Processing
  • Polarize Filter
  • Powerful Zone System for Luminosity masks
  • Hue-Saturation-Luminosity panel
  • DNG Files Support
  • Radial Masking
  • Advanced Top and Bottom adjustment panel
  • Signature presets from Serge Ramelli and Captain Kimo

And Improved…

  • Tone-mapping technology with reduced HDR noise, improved realism of initial result and faster performance
  • User Interface with a cleaner more modern style

Want to learn even more tips & tricks about Aurora HDR 2017?

I’ve made a 6+ hour long HDR Video tutorial to show how I use Aurora HDR 2017 in practically every situation. From outdoors to indoors, mixes to architecture, moving objects to single photos, people photos and everything in between. You’ll see how I use the tool in slightly different ways for all these situations. As usual, I start out the tutorials very slowly, aimed at total beginners. But then we move on to intermediate and advanced techniques.

You can also order the Aurora 2017 Bundle which includes the Full Length Tutorial to save even more money!

Enjoy, and don’t forget to share your new beautiful photos online with the hashtag #AuroraHDR ! πŸ™‚

How does Aurora HDR 2017 compare to prior versions?

Here’s a few images I created with Aurora HDR 2017!

from Trey Ratcliff at

from Trey Ratcliff at

HDR Redefined

Aurora HDR 2017 was completely rebuilt from the ground up with loads of new features and it’s blazing fast!


Aurora HDR was already the best HDR software available. What features and tools make Aurora HDR 2017 all new?

  • Batch Processing
  • Polarize Filter
  • Powerful Zone System for Luminosity masks
  • Hue-Saturation-Luminosity panel
  • DNG Files Support
  • Radial Masking
  • Advanced Top and Bottom adjustment panel
  • Improved tone mapping
  • Improved user interface
  • Looks exciting! Should we be expecting a version for Windows? If so, any ETA?

  • David Wegiel Jr

    I have been looking forward to this since you teased it on your photo walk in Chicago. Glad to see it is almost here.

  • Eddy James

    Hello??? Windows version?

  • We’ll be doing Windows, yes, but no ETA.

  • We’ll be doing Windows, but no ETA.

  • JonSmeeth

    How does this compare with photomatix pro?

  • Eddy James

    Phhheeewww! That’s all I needed to hear πŸ˜‰ Love the look of this. It’s about time LR had some real competition! It’s bloated with features no one cares about, underpowered with not enough features people want, and sllloooowww. Adobe have really dropped the ball.

    Can’t wait to test out Aurora, godspeed, Luke!

  • Ken Faulkner

    Does it support Sony A7R ii Raw files

  • Jorge

    does it work with Raw files, or it is only jpg?

  • Diana Maclean

    Is there an advanced clone tool, like the one in Photoshop?

  • RAW as well!

  • Yes, it does indeed.

  • Looks very interesting. Can it output 32-bit TIFFs for further editing in Lightroom, if needed?

  • philrodo

    Very interesting. Do you offer a trial?

  • Rolf

    Hi Trey, seems to be a great software. I consider buying it. Does it have a lightroom plugin, so that i can select the fotos in lightroom an send them to aurora?

  • Danny G

    Just take my money! πŸ™‚

  • Robert Jensen

    Looks great and already preordered my copy … was wondering if it has Control Point controls like HDR Efex does?

  • Is there batch processing?

  • and no batch yet. πŸ™

  • Jeff Spolarich

    Will it work on an IPad or iPad pro?

  • Rene Martens

    How can I find out when a Windows version is available?

  • Robert Jensen

    Have preordered mine … love the fact that it has a built in brush

  • Chindoboi

    What are the minimum system requirements? Wondering if it would work on my Mac book air 2012 model

  • No, it’s not iOS at this time, OSX 10.9.5 and later.

  • I am looking into the trial – I think so, but I’m not entirely sure yet. It isn’t tied in with Photos. Photos is pretty limiting as far as that. It does tie in with Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture.

  • No, there isn’t a clone tool as such.

  • Best way would be to subscribe to the newsletter – – it’s not something that’s in the immediate future, but it’s being actively looked at.

  • Here are the specs:

    Processor Core 2 Duo from late 2009 or newer
    Minimum 4 GB RAM
    OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks or newer
    2 GB free space on hard drive
    Display resolution 1280 x 800 or higher
    Retina displays supported

  • Jeff Spolarich


  • Cool stuff – mine’s ordered! Are there any graduated or radial filters? (The type Trey frequently uses in LR) thx!

  • There is this thing in it that is SO. COOL. It approaches graduated filters in a different way – you can affect the lighting on the top and bottom of an image independently, and change the blend area and rotation. It’s basically pressing one button to instantly get a graduated filter that you can mess with specific sliders and then drag around like you’re used to as well.

  • Brooke

    YAY!! My birthday is the 18th and I have tons of photos I still need to work on from my October Nova Scotia trip. I think I’ll be ordering this as a present to myself!!

  • Luca Sommariva

    Does it include Fuji camera RAW files (.RAF)?

  • Wayne Clements

    can you use photo stitching to do panorama

  • Stephen Pirie

    What are the differences between the standard edition and the pro version of software?

  • Pro adds the following advanced features to the App Store version:

    – Native and fast RAW images support.

    – Unlimited number layers.

    – Unlimited number of brackets.

    – Plug-in support for Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Apple Aperture.

    – Increased number of default Presets.

    – Trey Ratcliff Signature presets.

    – Possibility to use HDR exposures as source images for layers.

    – Navigation View.

    – Luminosity Masking.

    – Gradient Masking Tool.

    – Chromatic Aberration Reduction.

  • No, it doesn’t have panorama stitching.

  • Not entirely sure – I’m checking to verify. Most common RAWs are natively supported.

  • philrodo

    Thanks for the feedback. Is there a 30-day money back guarantee or something similar?

  • B – N – N – Photography

    HΓ© Trey Great that there is a all in one software for HDR that works like LR. But! there is already a software thats called Aurora it’s used for 3D graphics! I don’t know if that’s a problem?

  • Olympus1974

    The tutorial thread is not getting responses so I will also ask here:
    Is Aurora HDR based on OS X Core Image?
    Does it use the OS X raw converter?
    What are the import and export file format options?

    Thank you.

  • Top Questions Answered!

    So, we’ve been looking at the comments from all different networks, newsletter, blog, and more! I thought I’d take a moment to answer some of the most common!

    1) Does Aurora HDR do Luminosity Masking?

    YES! Like, totally.

    2) Is there a Windows Version Coming?

    We’re talking to the team about it, so, yeah based on your outspoken feedback PROBABLY! haha… Look, I get it. This new software was released the same day as Fallout 4, and I bought that on Steam before I realized it was Windows ONLY! OMG I was gutted… I’m a huge gamer. I’m thinking about getting a Windows laptop JUST to play that game, which seems ridiculous, but I’m actually really thinking of it!

    3) Can I do “Milder” HDRs?

    Of course! You can set the opacity to whatever you wish. Everyone has their own tastes, and that’s supa cool. All the samples I show you on the webpage at are my “style” but you don’t have to go that extreme… or you can go MORE extreme. It’s all good… it’s creativity! πŸ™‚

    4) I don’t need Lightroom or Photoshop?

    Nope! I still use Lightroom to organize my photos and to process some of them that don’t call for HDR, but I JUST use Aurora HDR Pro now. Also, thanks for all the suggestions… I’ve dropped lame Adobe Bridge and now using OnOne Perfect Browse for moving my photos around my computer and getting them ready for processing/sharing!

    5) Is there a trial version?

    NO! haha… BUT, if you’re not happy, you can have all your money paid back… we’re not worried about it! πŸ™‚

  • Hey @Olympus1974:disqus thx for the questions…

    I don’t know what OS X Core Image means but one of the engineer Dima does! I’ll point him thisaway ! πŸ™‚

    As for export – you can go right to any social network or JPG, PSD, OpenEXR, PNG, JPG-2000, TIFF, PSD, or PDF

  • Not sure β€” but yeah ours is just for HDR ! πŸ™‚

  • Thomas Reiner

    Does the software support batch processing?

  • Kevin La Rue

    16-bit TIFFs AFAIK.

  • Steve Overton

    Trey, I just preordered. Didn’t need to know anything more than you helped develop it. Only Leo Laporte can make me order trustingly like this. Can’t wait to use it Thank you for doing this.

  • Hi Thomas – Currently the software does not do batch processing.

  • Daniel

    Hey Trey, Will there be a cheaper Student version of it? Because i’m studying Design in Germany and want the Aurora HDR Software to work with, but at the moment i can’t afford the full prize while i need the money for my Project Models. Greets Daniel

  • Alex @ Macphun Software

    Hey Daniel, Trey and Macphun will definitely offer an education pricing. There will be a dedicated page. Stay tuned.

  • Alex @ Macphun Software

    Hey @Olympus1974:disqus,
    we use OS X Core image for some preview screens, but in general it’s Macphun’s proprietary RAW engine, cuz it’s faster and supports more camera formats. Let us know if you have more questions.

  • Alex @ Macphun Software


  • Alex @ Macphun Software

    Hey Rolf, it works as an Aperture, Photoshop, and Lightroom plug-in, as well, as the standalone software .

  • Alex @ Macphun Software

    There will be a trial once the software is live on the 19th.

  • Alex @ Macphun Software

    @dianamaclean:disqus But there is in Snapheal, which is super cool. If you get Aurora HDR Pro, contact SIC support and we’ll get you a free copy of Snapheal Pro by Macphun. It integrates with Aurora:)

  • Alex @ Macphun Software

    Give it a try and see. There will be trial version after 19th, but the pre-order price will be gone:)

  • Geerd-Olaf Freyer

    It looks interesting and I will definitely give it a try. But for my tastes the highlights in your processed samples are too much blown out whereas the underexposed versions on the macphun website still show textures. Is the HDR algorithm of AuroraHDR able to rescue this information in the highlights?

  • Olympus1974

    I asked because of possibly better integration with other apps that are based on Core Image such as Photos and Pixelmator, with other Apple devices such as the amazing iPad Pro, and with future Mac OS X versions which are heading the way of iOS. (I could be all wet but these things make sense to me.) I have come to dislike standalone apps although I understand their appeal to developers.

    For me HDR is just one tool so I would like it to be easily accessible but not require a separate work flow. I hate to manage different versions of an image from different raw processors and different apps. But maybe that’s just where we are right now.

    Speaking of future versions of Aurora HDR, I vote for iOS over Windows which is the dinosaur equivalent of the DSLR. πŸ™‚

  • tcugrilla

    How many photos does Trey combine for each final composition (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2 or even more?)

  • mpachis

    Glad to hear you are looking into Windows. I suggest taking a look at a Windows 10 universal app which would make it available on desktops and the great Surface Pro tablets while supporting only one code base.

  • Commonly 3, but it can be much more! Aurora HDR Pro handles unlimited brackets.

  • philrodo

    Sorry but this is confusing. When I go to the order page, I get two choices, and both are labeled Aurora HDR Pro. So do all the items you list above come with the Pro or the Bundle? Specifically, I’m interested in the Aperture Plug-in; do I need to order the Pro or the Bundle?

  • They’re both the Pro version. The bundle comes with the longer tutorial. Buy the bundle if you’re interested in the tutorial and the software; buy the non-bundle if you just want the software.

  • Danielle Dochter Arcilesi

    I purchased photomatix HDR not to long ago. I Love the images I see you post on Facebook all the time. They are incredible.! I’m wondering how different your program is compared to the one I have so I can justify spending the money again for this HDR program.

  • Andres G

    Can others do the same? And who/how do I contact SIC Support after my purchase?

  • Alex @ Macphun Software

    Good points. We’ll consider doing both iOS and Windows versions. It’s not either/or…)

  • Ann Wiechmann

    Is the tutorial really the only difference between the two? $40 for the tutorial?

  • KarelGl

    First of all: I am a huge fan of MacPhun software, especially the Pro-apps.
    What I want to know as I am into 360ΒΊ panorama making: is this program 360ΒΊ aware? Or will I get a seam at the 180ΒΊ mark?

  • philrodo

    I’m in the same predicament–I doubt that they can do a direct and objective comparison of Photomatix and Aurora. From the videos Trey posted about Aurora, I get the impression that it offers a lot more tools to manipulate the photos.

    I’m also thinking of getting Aurora because I’m currently using Aperture to manage and catalogue my photos, which eventually will become obsolete. I’m hoping that when the Photos app will offer more advanced features, they will release an Aurora extension for Photos (although Photomatix has informed me that they will release an extension for Photos, but with the Photos app, you’re currently limited to editing one photo at a time, meaning that you can’t combine three or more photos to create an HDR image in the traditional sense).

  • Derek Novaes

    My students what me to buy the software, can I buy 26 licenses at a discount?! This is for real! Contact me [email protected]

  • Yes, the tutorial is the difference between the two. One is the software, one is the software + the tutorial.

  • Drop me a line at [email protected] and I’ll sort you out.

  • Hi Derek,

    We’ll be in touch shortly.

  • Danielle Dochter Arcilesi

    Thank you for your reply.

  • Edward Christian

    At this site’s suggestion, just a couple weeks ago I ordered the $400 tutorial bundle, the $100 Photomatix Pro application, and the LIghtroom and PhotoShop Cloud subscriptions too! The only suggested item I haven’t bought yet is the NIK collection. I did this because I got the impression that the tutorial was new and there was some legs on the continued use of these items. How does this play into things going forward given your move to Aurora Pro? Is all what I bought now obsolete in terms of learning and following from your techniques and tutorials? I am a bit disappointed and feel I should have waited a couple weeks.

  • James Scalf

    Sorry if I missed this, but will I be able to transfer this software to a new mac or will I have to buy another license? Thanks!

  • Big Frank

    Will it work on a mid 2008 iMac with 4 GB RAM and running the latest OS X

  • Dale Watkins

    Tried to order Aurora HDR Pro, and got this message after trying to pay for it. “An unexpected error occurred, and we are not currently able to accept payment.” How come?

  • Very strange – did that message come from our site or PayPal’s? Drop me a line at [email protected] and we’ll get it figured out.

  • Hi James,
    Your license covers you for five of your own machines, so you’re all good!

  • Hi Edward,

    There’s an element to things like this that is sort of inevitable – even with just new versions of existing software coming out. I definitely understand where you’re coming from.

    Here’s the thing – Photomatix is still a good program that Trey has used for years, and those of us on Windows will continue to use it. I wouldn’t consider the existing tutorials to be obsolete at all. Drop me a line at [email protected] and we can discuss it more.

  • I’ll check into this – but I’m assuming it might not because of the processor requirement. So you’re able to run 10.9.5 or later on that machine?

  • Jens Vielmann

    Another One that forgets all about Windows users. Or is rich enough to not need the money from those users

  • Really nice of you to say there… but yes, we would like to make a Windows version. It’s very expensive and takes time, you see.

  • It’s not.. sorry about that but we’ll put it on the feature list.

  • Cindi

    I look forward to the windows version

  • I have an iMac from early 2009. Although the system requirements state it’s compatible with iMacs from late 2009, what would be the repercussions of using in on my system? Is it just that it may run a little slower, or will it not run at all because of some processor incompatibility. I don’t mind waiting a little bit for it to work through my photos but I don’t want to purchase the software only to find that it won’t run at all on my machine. Thanks!

  • Toshi Furukawa

    Due to site condition, I can’t use tripod. Can I make HDR photo from images changing after brightness?

  • Cher

    I have 2 Mac computers? (Desktop and laptop which I both use to process) How many computers can this be used on?

  • Big Frank

    I’m running OS X El Capitan and it’s an early 2008 iMac. I just need to upgrade to 4 GB of Ram because I checked and I’m still at 2 GB.

  • Big Frank

    It also has a Processor Core 2 Duo, but not from 2009

  • Hello Yes you can make an HDR image from a single image

  • license covers you for five of your own machines,

  • Joe S.

    definitely looking forward to the Windows version

  • I too would like to have batch option. I do Realestate shoots and going through 1000 of photos after a weekend of shooting is not fun. Is batch on the list for updates in the future?

  • Hi, Does it correct “geometry” if I take 3 photos handheld (and they have to be aligned afterwards) ? Meaning : does it align images and remove ghost elements ?

  • Ann Marie

    Does anyone know if you can run the software off a flash drive? There are Macs at the library, and I know students sometimes run their computer programming software off flash drives on the windows machines.

  • Charles Irwin

    How do you handle motion and ghosting? Chuck

  • Charles Irwin

    Does anyone know if motion and ghosting is covered in this HDR Software program?

  • Yes it is ! πŸ™‚

  • Yep – check that deep dive video too πŸ™‚

  • Yeah you can launch the app from a flash drive for sure

  • Yes it does ! πŸ™‚

  • Oli

    So is this just for Mac’s or am I missing something?

  • Maxime Gagnon

    I want a Window version, I wont upgrade to the latest LR(that has HDR capacity). When will it be available or will it ever be ?

  • Yes I very much want to make a Windows version.

  • Yes I very much want to make a Windows version…

  • Frenk

    I saw your amazing video’s on using Aurora and read that batch-processing is not possible.
    Then the next question came up. Does Aurora makes it possible to create your own presets and save them?

  • Big Frank

    Luke, if it works on my iMac I need to buy it today. Please let me know.
    Big Frank

  • Fastman

    Will Aurora work on the new iPad Pro?

  • Frenk

    OK, problem or question solved. I saw the video about Aurora from my landsman Frank Doorhof and he said that “of cause” you can make your own presets. His demonstration was also awesome so I pre-ordered the complete set including the long video-tutorial 60+minutes just a moment ago. Impressing!!!

  • B – N – N – Photography

    HΓ© Tray, why isn’t the price in New Zealand Dollars…..?

  • No, the iPad Pro doesn’t run OS X, which this software requires.

  • Lainer

    I ordered the $89 package.

  • Maxime Gagnon

    Thank you for replying and all informations that you share !

  • Dale Watkins

    I got the message again using the Aurora site after deciding to purchase the $89.00 version ($124. for Canadians). I ended up having to use the Macphun site, which allowed Paypal to pay without the error.

  • Dale Watkins

    I just bought Lightroom 6, thinking that would be the best option…but just bought the $89. program here. Trey makes it look so easy….it will give you more time to do the other things you enjoy Danielle! I as well, love his work, and if we can even get close to what he does, it makes the cost worthwhile. My only problem is I most certainly won’t be travelling to the beautiful regions he gets to for the unique photo’s he acquires. Best of luck on whatever you decide!

  • Very odd – sorry you had trouble. This is the only instance that I’ve heard of this error.

  • Stuck in Customs is still a US company and it’s a more common conversion.

  • Philip

    Excited to start using Aurora. Patiently waiting for the download to be available today.

  • Larry Barsh

    Is there a user manual for Aurora? OR – how do you import presets?

  • Hi Larry Barsh :

    How to Import Presets from the Pre-order:

    1. Download the preset ZIP file

    2. Double-click the file to unzip to a new folder

    3. Open Aurora HDR Pro

    4. Click the ‘File’ menu at the top of your screen and select ‘Show presets folder’

    5. Drag the folder containing your unzipped presets from step 2 into the ‘user presets’ folder

  • It’s ready now! πŸ™‚

  • Yep – your own presets for sure ! πŸ™‚

  • Larry Barsh

    Thanks Trey. Just started playing with Aurora – looks great. Thanks

  • Beatty

    Does the HDR image work for 3D use? Would you use the same HDR for both indirect and visible to camera when rendering?

  • I don’t think so

  • Larry Barsh

    Trey, just processed an image I had taken on the top level of Angkor Wat. It’s a bit different than the “usual” HDR but the level of detail is excellent and thought it might be interesting. Canon 5D, handheld, 105 degrees!

  • Larry Barsh

    ow do we access Aurora from Photoshop cc 2015 – newest update? Found it easily in LR but not in photoshop. Thanks

  • steve reffey

    Hi Trey, I have been a huge fan for years. I notice that with Aurora you are shooting three images in your videos but in other software you bracketed nine. I shoot Canon and currently bracket 7 with a custom setting. Have you changed or do you still shoot nine bracketed images sometime depending on the contrast of the scene?

  • Nicholas Peters

    Be careful with this company. They change your pricing in there cart while purchasing and try to charge higher amounts. VERY DISHONEST and they are scam artists. RUN, RUN, RUN!!!!

  • Stan

    I bought it, where do I download from?

  • Stan

    Found it

  • I have an iMac from early 2009 with 8gb ram, enough hd space for the program. At first the program crashed on my iMac, but I’m attributing that to a bad download copy as I downloaded it at work and transferred it to my home machine from that copy. I have since downloaded a fresh copy and it is now opening and running for me. Although the initial merge is a little slow as to be expected on an older machine, once it has been merged, so far, the modifications such as choosing a preset are fairly fast. But since I just got it running I”m not sure if there are other things that may be slow. Point is it seems to work even on this older machine.

  • Hi Nicholas,
    Nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re seeing this happening, it’s an error. Please contact me at [email protected] so we can figure out what has happened. I’ll take care of you.

  • Hi Steve,

    Even back then nine would be relatively rare, though if I remember correctly things like five were more common. As cameras and workflow have improved I think for most instances three is going to do you just fine.
    That said, there are still instances where Trey will use higher numbers of brackets. What I’ve found useful for myself personally (though it can make catalog management a NIGHTMARE if you do it all the time) is shoot the same scene with a couple of different bracketing configurations. You can take a picture of your fingers in front of the scene to easily differentiate them when looking at thumbnails. Then process one and then the other. This helps you identify situations where you might want to use more/less.

  • Hey Stan, drop me a line at [email protected] and I can help you out.

  • Hey Stan, please disregard my message below. :p

  • Robert Jensen

    It easily loaded the RAW files from my Fuji X-T1 today

  • Robert Jensen

    I’m sure it does since Sony is what Trey shoots; however, my son-in-law told me today he cannot load is Sony A7Rii files!

  • Robert Jensen

    I started off using Photomatix Pro and then found that I liked Nik HDR Efex Pro better … in any case, IMHO, having using Aurora HDR today, I like it better than both of the others combined!

  • Hi Robert – yeah, foot in mouth a bit here. πŸ™‚ That’s a bug – I think it’s uncompressed RAW with the firmware 2.0. They’re working on fixing.

  • Dan Vang

    Love it!

  • Robert Jensen

    Thanks …. I will let him know

  • William Watson

    Achille’s heal? Well, it’s just one data point. I tried my five bracket, hand held, crashing waves, moving sailboat near the Golden Gate Bridge, and Aurora was not up to it. It left auto-selection artifacts (areas where the sw selected problem areas) that render (no pun) the photo unusable. Whereas, Photomatix, with some manual selection help, did an amazing job of auto-alignment and de-ghosting. And so did HDR Express 3, which is a totally hand’s off aligner and de-ghoster. Has anyone else explored the limits of this feature? Trey’s shots are always on a tripod and with scenes that are (usually) pretty static.

  • William Watson

    Okay, here’s what I’m talking about:

  • priitv8

    Hello Trey,
    Is there a trial possibility with Aurora HDR?
    I am somehow unable to find it.
    And second – the various plugins are all part of a single package or can they be purchased separately?

  • Hi there,
    Drop me a line at [email protected].

  • I know there are some bugs with the deghosting and aberration tools at the moment that they’re working on. Would you mind sending me your source and result at [email protected]? It’ll help get this figured out.

  • Yes thanks @disqus_yU0VUtvOLA:disqus β€” they are working to fix that. Extreme Ghosting and a lot of “White Area” seems to cause the most problems. How is your experience with other photos that don’t have so much whiteness and stuff-goin-on ?

  • William Watson

    Will do, but it may be in “chunks” due to file size limitations. I’ll also covert my RAW files to something smaller. After my nap. πŸ˜‰

  • Bertrand Schreibstein

    I have been playing with Aurora for a day now and am getting more familiar with the interface but I have an issue. When I have finished making adjustments in Aurora to a single compressed RAW photo from my Sony a7RII the processing time takes forever after I select File; Export to Image; and save it as a JPEG. I have Force Quit Aurora after 5 minutes of the processing bar radiating back and forth. I have an iMac (27 in Late 2009) 2.8Ghz Intel Core i7 Processor; 8 GB 1067 Mhz DDR3 Memory; and a ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB Graphics. Is my iMac too archaic to run Aurora? Or am I processing the file incorrectly by Exporting to Image? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  • No – it sounds like you are doing it right! Your computer does sound a bit older (6 years)? So it’s really gonna churn on those RAW files. I’d advise first exporting as JPGs! Honestly, I’ve tried over 100+ brackets and I can’t tell the difference in the final look. And, it’s So Much Faster! It’s an extra step, yes… but still a huge net time savings.

  • Bertrand Schreibstein

    Trey, Since I did not shoot bracketed photos today, I was using a fall-back by trying to process a single RAW photo. Will Aurora HDR process a single JPG photo? Or must I use shoot a bracket of JPGs for Aurora to work?

  • steve reffey

    Thank you for the reply Luke!

  • Connie McClaran

    Having great fun with your new software! One difficulty: the plug-in for Lr won’t install (Ps plug-in installed just fine). I keep getting the “Warning:To finish the installation and launch Aurora HDR Pro as a plug-in, restart Lightroom”. I’ve restarted Lr (& Aurora Pro in hopes of fixing the glitch) many times without results. Can you help? And I am wondering if taking care of adjustments such as straightening horizon lines and eliminating sensor spots in Lr first will carry into Aurora Pro?

  • Steve

    So I’ve just found Aurora HDR is not compatible with the uncompressed RAW that the Sony a7ii recent upgrade introduced last week. Bit of a surprise to find this, any plans for an update to allow this?

  • Hi Steve – they’re aware of this bug and are working on it.

  • Hi Connie,
    There are some issues with the LR plugin related to the latest LR updates – check in with [email protected] in case the problems you’re having aren’t related to it.

  • Greg Anzalone

    Disappointed that Aurora can’t import my DNG files (Original shot with a Olympus OMD EM1) Frustrated that I spent 90 bucks on a program that is currently useless to me right now. Yes, I contacted support. But realistically, how long should I have to wait before this is fixed?

  • Connie McClaran

    Thank you Luke

  • Hey Greg,
    Not sure on the time frame. I know they’re adding more as time goes on. Trey has been using JPG lately and did some A/B testing over the last few months while we were finishing it and couldn’t tell the difference, so maybe give that a try in the meantime?
    Also, if you’re keen to, you can sent me a set of your brackets to [email protected] if you have Dropbox or something like that. (Please send a direct link, not share a folder). That will help immensely.

  • Greg Anzalone

    Yes, I could export them to .jpg or .tif before bringing them into Aurora, but this really takes a bite out of my workflow. Not to mention that I can’t simply apply my changes and have this brought back into LR. So, while it is a workaround, it certainly isn’t an exceptable solution.

    I sent you a link to some brackets as requested.

  • Greg Anzalone

    What adds to the confusion (and frustration) is that I can open DNG files that I shot with a Canon 7D, but not my OMD EM1

    I thought DNG was DNG. Do different camera manufacturers get imported differently?

  • cliff mckay

    Its workflow looks fantastic having the option of useing layers etc…really well thought out ( but yes theres a BUT ) ive tried with many of my bracketed photos from the last few months and the results fall well short of photmatix 5……the fact is Aurora is knocking at the door of being a true Hdr power house and more…….but at the mo………ITS NOT CUTTING IT….
    in my opinion….

  • William Watson

    I just did a critical comparison of Aurora, HDR Express 3, and Photomatix. I used RAW files from my Canon T6s, mounted on a tripod, three 2 Ev brackets. No LR editing. Golden Gate Bridge in daylight. There is no doubt, Aurora is not as good as the other two products. Some, at first blush, may not notice, but stepping back, the Aurora image is not as sharp and has artifacts that tend to reduced its “clean” appearance compared to the other two. I found Photomatx and HDR Express to be about the same quality, with a slight edge to HDR Express in my trial. I hope the Aurora folks will keep working to improve the HDR algorithm. It has the potential to be a great product.

  • Hi Cliff –
    Please drop me a line at [email protected] with a set of your raw files, if you’re willing to share. If you send via Dropbox, please use a share link and not a shared folder. Certain formats are bugging out, particularly with aberration and deghosting. You may be using one of those formats.

  • Hi William,
    Thanks for the feedback – please see my above comment to Cliff and do so as well if you’re willing.

  • It’s definitely a temporary workaround, not a solution. Just a suggestion so you can keep using it if you care to.

  • As I understand it, DNG as a format has “minimum specifications” it must meet but there are different versions.

  • Kevin


  • Greg Anzalone

    YES! The update you released fixed the issue! I can now import my DNG files. THANKS!

  • Bertrand Schreibstein

    Trey, bracketed jpegs work well and fast. 15 seconds But a single compressed RAW photo takes 7.5 minutes to finish.

  • Wim Goedhart

    I have spent Some time making HDRs with Aurora. The functionality looks great. I only noticed that pictures with blown out parts like with the sun, produce a velvet “stain” in the picture. Is this a setting that I need to change?

  • Hi Wim – it sounds like you’re running into a bug we’re seeing with certain RAW formats. If you don’t mind, you can send your RAW files as well as your output file to me at [email protected]. If you use Dropbox to do so, please send a share link and not share a folder. Thanks!

  • Hi – when are we likely to see the deghosting issue sorted – I was told last week by the end of this week – is it nearly ready?

  • Thought I would mention, as everyone seems to be talking about using JPEG’s as a temporary workaround that it seems no better – This is a screenshot from 3 jpeg’s

  • This is same image using Photomatix Export to 32bit plug in

  • KaroGraphix

    Hi Trey, this is a great start!
    After reading the comments below I decided to wait with purchase until the little bugs are getting sorted out! Yet, I like that you are turning your genuine artistic talent into technology. Very admirable,

  • KaroGraphix

    it’s thanksgiving… but hey, who’s counting! πŸ˜‰

  • Only in America

  • KaroGraphix

    Not true Ian…. Here in Scandinavia atleast we are quite thankful! πŸ™‚ Let’s hope Trey has great holidays!

  • Clint

    Hey Trey, I’m enjoying your software… still trying to figure everything out but having fun with it.

    Any chance you could release a list of keyboard shortcuts? I’m having to find them by trial and error.

  • Good feedback. I’ll add it to the list.

  • They’re working on it – sorry if you were given a hard date but there’s still testing to be done.

  • No problem. Just curious. Any idea roughly how long?

  • Hey guys, Is there the possibility of a trail version? Im pretty impressed by what I have seen so far, but just don’t think I can make the commitment without a trying it out first! Thanks πŸ™‚

  • I really don’t want to make a guess as it’s not in my hands at all, and development testing is a complex thing. I know they hope to have it very soon. As of right now it’s countable in days and not weeks, but just for the benefit of anyone else reading, this will change if something goes wrong that they need to fix.

  • Jeremy Armstrong

    So far it doesn’t work. I downloaded it but I can’t click on activate to put the code again so its useless so far.

  • Jeremy – you have to load a set of images on that “Load HDR Brackets” screen (or just hit the button to load Trey’s samples) to launch the program to activate.

  • This software is definitely one of the bests on Mac when it comes to using presets! Many thanks for the great work done! Oh! By the way, your pics are great Trey!

  • Version 1.1 is out! πŸ™‚

    AWESOME update… My favorites are #3, #4 (!!), #8, #15 ! You may have your own personal El Guapos too that are improved or fixed! πŸ™‚

    1. New presets category “Realistic HDR”.
    2. New option: Compare processed image to the middle image in the bracket set.
    3. Improved Deghosting.
    4. Improved Lightroom support. Easy way to use RAW files with Lightroom adjustments.
    5. Improved Aperture plugin – added ability to open multiply images.
    6. New option: Use original image as source for layer.
    7. New option: Customize the amount (opacity) of the effect for the first layer.
    8. New control: Super Smooth slider for HDR Denoise.
    9. New option: Add new preset packs.
    10. Added and improved support for new RAW files (from different cameras).
    11. Improved Image Zoom (zoom in where you click, not only at the image center)
    12. More options for Deghosting (select reference image).
    13. Sharing to 500px.
    14. New shortcut: Option+Click on the details mask slider to see this mask.
    15. New shortcut – hold β€˜M’ to show layer effect with 100% fill mask.
    16. Variety of bug fixes.

  • Thanks man! πŸ™‚

  • Coming soon @SkareMedia:disqus πŸ™‚

  • Tim Martin

    Awesome update!! I didn’t think Aurora could get any better πŸ™‚ Thanks Trey! πŸ™‚ P.S. free aurora presets have already started to surface πŸ˜€

  • William Watson

    Kudos to the Aurora team. Maybe they can have some turkey now, the new release is where they (and us users) need to be. I was critical here in these comments about the quality, vis-a-vis HDR Express 3 and Photomatix for version 1.0. That’s fixed now. The tiny wires on the Golden Gate Bridge shot are all there! Thanks. I’m no longer kicking myself for sending the $$ for Aurora. Now if they could only add an “auto-load to COSTCO Photo lab” feature. LOL.

  • Rob Vermaas

    Crashing on latest el capitan

  • John Klos

    Cannot find a link to the update. Please help!!!

  • Hi John,

    When Aurora is fully launched and you’ve loaded photos, top of your screen menu: Aurora HDR Pro > Check for updates.

  • Neat!

  • Hi Rob,

    Can you check and make sure you’re updated to the latest version of the software? Aurora HDR Pro > Check for updates. Use Trey’s samples to load the program instead of your own files, in case they are causing the crash.

  • Yves360

    That really sad that there is no 360Β° option! That is so important! I buy the programm and can’t use it πŸ™

  • Peter Simon

    How do I make Aurora a plug-in for Lightroom

  • Hi Peter,

    Once you activate the software, you should get a screen asking you to install the various plugins.

  • Alen Đuderija

    Juppp i have same problem Trey what is going on, anybody….

  • Hi William – sorry – the original comment was deleted inadvertently. Can you send me your source files to [email protected]? If you use Dropbox, please use a link instead of sharing the folder, as that’s not my Dropbox account email.

  • Hi Alen,
    Please check my comment above to William.

  • Alen Đuderija

    Hi Luke i will send you files but basically its 3 raw or 3 jpg or 3 tiff images with -3 0 +3 exposures exported from dxo optics and lightroom i tried all variants and formats but when i use only 2 files picture is fine hehe πŸ™‚

  • William Watson

    Okay, I tried the 5 exposures, hand held, from my FZ1000… again, with the latest SW update, and the problem has been solved as far as I am concerned. So, work with Alen to see what’s up with his images.

  • Derek Novaes

    Luke, Photo teacher here… Wondering about purchasing numerous licenses, 30 plus. Please contact me at [email protected] @lukesic:disqus

  • Hi Luke, I was asked upon activation to install the plugin into Lightroom, but Aurora HDR still does in appear in the Edit in Menu

  • Hi Derek,

    Sorry you haven’t heard back – I’ll check into it and see where we’re at.

  • Derek Novaes

    Thanks Luke! We just got LR CC….the HDR pretty much disappoints! Plus Trey is my man… gotta support @treyratcliff you know?!?!

  • Adam Bell

    I was really looking forward to trying out this new application… I downloaded the trial version and it works with Photoshop ok… But as a stand alone application it crashes every time, so you can imagine I’m quite disappointed… I have ran all the checks on my MacBook Pro and everything seems fine.. I am however running the latest operating system Yosemite and was thinking it could be that? However still disappointed that I haven’t really used it and glad I have not bought the full version yet. Any ideas why it could be crashing? Cheers Adam

  • Brian Cheuvront

    Hmm… Adam, I’m running the full version Aurora HDR PRO on both my MacBook Pro and iMac as a standalone with the latest version of Yosemite and I am having no problems. So I don’t know if the trial version is what is causing problems or what. Now if we could just get Aurora HDR to run as a Photos plug-in like many of Macphun’s other applications, then it would truly be sweet.

  • Adam Bell

    Hi Brian, maybe there has been updates for the full version but as for the trial as soon as I open it and choose 3 photos that have been shot using bracketing it just crashes so I am put off buying the full version in case I have the same problem.

    I deleted the application this morning from my MacBook Pro and went back onto the page and downloaded the app again and have just ran it… Same again, crashes when I try to open the images.

  • Steve Shaff

    Well, I purchased Aurora, but am having better luck with Photomatix. I’m sure there’s a learning curve, but Photomatix just seems “easier”. I should try some of the free presets, I guess.

  • Hi Adam,
    I’m sorry you’re having trouble. You might want to drop a line to [email protected] along with your crash log to see if there’s something they can do. It shouldn’t be crashing like that.

  • Svein Jarle Anglevik

    Would Aurora HDR be available for Windows in the near future ??

  • We want to do a Windows version, but no time frame yet.

  • Wow ! how much beautiful photography . I’m inspiration to see these . Thanks for sharing.

  • Alex @ Macphun Software

    Hey Steve, happy to help out. Email at [email protected]

  • Alex @ Macphun Software

    Hey Adam, what version do you have? We’ve released a number of updates after version 1.0.

  • Alex @ Macphun Software

    Hey all, the new version with Photos extension support, a variety of performance improvements and more is out now. If you have any questions – let us know. The latest version is 1.2.0. Thanks:)

  • Rohit Chawla

    no doubt you’ve created an amazing software…but it does feel a tad unfair…that the only way to use it is to first move over to a mac πŸ™

  • we will make a PC version for sure! πŸ™‚

  • Rohit Chawla

    thanks a lot Trey…really would look forward to that πŸ™‚

    been going through many comments, tutorials etc, i have a simple question – while working with photomatix, is it true that results are better if one imports jpg files instead of raw?
    then why to shoot in raw at all?

    p.s – been following your blog posts on your current trip…i really wish that you would visit the north side of India – a photography trip or a workshop across the Himalayas…someday perhaps…i hope you will…your pictures from up here would be so magical…

  • Trey did a lot of side-by-side testing with JPGs versus RAW and couldn’t tell the difference most of the time, and with smaller files it will run faster. However, there are situations where RAW will win out – especially extreme low or high light situations.

  • Rohit Chawla

    thanks a lot Luke!

  • Jean Francois Desmarais

    Hi! Do you know when will be available the PC version?

  • We don’t have any timeframe yet! Planning on making plans, as Trey says. πŸ™‚

  • Craig Harding

    I would think porting this to PC would be somewhat trivial. After all, a Mac is x86 architecture just like a PC. The instruction set is the same. Whatever language is used, it’s probably object oriented so the routines are portable. I would think it’s mostly linking up to the GUI and compiling in a somewhat different compiler. Ever since Mac went to Intel processors, the difference between Mac and PC has become more of a look and feel issue.

    The point of an operating system is to open applications in this case. Once the application is open, it should be fairly computer neutral. Creating the application was the hard part. Making it run on various other x86 operating systems should be the crazy easy part. Considering a much larger user base, I would think this task would be of primary importance from a profitability standpoint, alone. The old vitriolic behavior between Apple and PC users should have dissolved years ago. It’s almost like a Chevy / Ford battle when the Ford is now made with a Chevy engine under the hood. πŸ˜‰

  • It’s actually much more complicated than you would think. Image handling in particular is done completely differently on Mac vs. Windows, so it’s actually not trivial at all to port. We definitely plan on doing it, but the end product has to be of quality so it has to be done right.

    The key thing here is Aurora is a program that is actually used by Trey, and he helped develop it. It’s not just something he put his name on. Since Trey uses a Mac, it made sense to start there – otherwise he would’ve been disconnected from the development process. Also, it’s fairly easier to develop for Mac in a way because there are virtually no variables in configuration as compared to PCs. There are millions of different PCs out there with different video cards, storage, displays, etc. The list of different Macs that you have to keep in mind while developing is much, much smaller, making the development simpler.

    Don’t get me wrong – I’m a PC user so I want this badly as well. But we’re not going to rush out a subpar product just so we can say we did it!

  • lizsalander

    Does it plug-in to Photoshop Elements?

  • Jeremy Armstrong

    Hi, I think its a great program but I get terrible distorted colors in the skies of my images. Almost like a weird circle.

  • Jeremy Armstrong

    Has anyone had problems with updating? There isn’t any check for updates options and I know it needs it.

  • TheStimuli

    Any chance for a plug in with Capture One Pro? Since the Sony only version of Capture One Pro is only $50 I’ve been trying to use it exclusively with my A7 and RX100 IV because of how the program renders colors and tones.

  • Linda Carlsen Sperry

    Am seriously considering purchasing Aurora HDR Pro. How many MACs can share a download?

  • Hi Linda,

    You can install on up to five of your own machines.

  • Installed and it was working great.Now I get “Unable to edit with Aurora HDR Pro An unexpected error occurred.” when using as a plug-in in Photos. Still works fine as stand-alone. Tried reinstalling, restarting etc. I *am* on the 10.11.4 Beta, so maybe that’s a factor? It *was* working — for a day.

  • Hanspeter Jochmann

    Any plans for a Linux version?

  • Hi Jack,

    Sorry you’re having trouble. I suspect that the beta may be the culprit. It might be best to contact [email protected] maybe with some crash logs if you can – they’ll be able to figure out what’s going on.

  • Hi Hanspeter,

    I don’t believe Linux is in the plans right now.

  • Thanks for the reply. I just updated to 10.11.4 shipping version, same issue. I’ll contact them with logs.

  • Update: Support resolved the issue. Super quick!

  • Great! πŸ™‚

  • Kevin La Rue

    Good to know, Jack. I’ll make sure Macphun QA is testing on the new beta. Kevin (from Macphun)

  • Kevin La Rue

    Hey, that’s awesome! I sent them your issue and they said, “have him contact us!” Thanks for closing the loop on the forum here. Love it when a plan comes together…

  • Peter Schmidt

    Any plans for a Windows version ?

  • We’d love to do a Windows version, but it’s very early planning stages right now.

  • Anwar Sumar

    I’ve been testing the product out, love it. I don’t see healing brushes though… did I miss them?

  • Golfhacker27

    Aurora still has problems with skies. It got better between the free trial and final sale version, but there are still big problems.
    Specifically, any sky that has a mix of cloud and sky and sun gives some extremely horrible fringing and unrealistic color hues and halos. Even with the basic default combined-image (without any further adjustments, presets).
    I have combined exactly the same images using other HDR software (e.g. Nik) and don’t see these issues. It is something specific to Aurora.
    Sadly, this is the one thing is spoiling my use of Aurora, and a shame because it works well otherwise, and the Trey presets are outstanding (love the Black Truffle Salt).
    Also unfortunate is that Macphun offer no medium or route for user feedback or comment.

  • Hi there –

    Sorry you’re having trouble. It may be specific to your RAW format – they’re continuing to add support as time goes on. I’m not sure what you mean by your last statement, but you can reach them at support[email protected]. I’m sure they would appreciate getting samples of your RAW files and output if you’re able to.

  • I would love the windows version of this software. .. please say we don’t have to wait too long

  • Workin’ on it πŸ™‚

  • Robert Kendall

    I recently bought Aurora HDR and I love what it is doing for my photos. It’s far and away the best HDR program I’ve used, but it goes way beyond HDR in the range of its processing options. I’m like a kid in a candy shop sampling the glow, radiance, toning, and other features. The sharpening and noise reduction are also excellent. The program does have one problem, however, that I find seriously limits its usefulness. If you zoom in and drag the photo to pan it, Aurora displays the unedited version of the photo on mouse down and then has to do a complete rerender to display the edited version on mouse up. After each click and drag it can take up to 10 seconds for the image to rerender, if you have several layers (and I am using one of the fastest Macs on the market). I’ve never experienced this problem before in a photo editor. I don’t understand why the edited version isn’t cached so you can switch between it and the original instantaneously. Or the program could forgo displaying the original on mouse down. It’s unnecessary because there are other options for toggling that view on. This issue makes it prohibitively difficult to use the program for fine-tuning details. I find that if I need to review the enlarged image I have to save it and open it in Lightroom and then go back to Aurora, which is a huge pain. Are there plans to address this problem? If this problem were resolved, Aurora would be a game-changer for me.

  • ha yeah, I know what you mean. You know what? I only zoom in on 5% of the photos. I do all my adjustments ZOOMED OUT. Yes, you can get in with finer detail if you wish, but my technique is mostly a “zoomed out” technique and I don’t sweat the details except for very few photos.

    The other thing you can do is make your Aurora HDR window smaller. This will really help the rendering time.

  • Robert Kendall

    Thanks for the tip. Yes, making the window smaller can help, though it can still take 10 seconds for a rerender even then. Sorry to hear that supporting detail editing isn’t a priority because it seems like something that should be easy to fix in the software and would be appreciated by a great many other photographers.

  • Robert Kendall

    The layers feature in Aurora is wonderful and I use it all the time. The marketing page for the product claims that Aurora HDR Pro has “Unlimited number of layers (5 in standard).” However, whenever I create 10 layers in an image, the “Add Layer” button becomes grayed out and I’m not able to add more layers. What’s up with this? Seems like either there’s a bug or a misrepresentation in the advertising. For what it’s worth, the images I’m using are 24MP, and the limit occurs with a single frame or 3 merged frames.

  • Hi Robert – can you send me an email with screenshots if possible over to [email protected], so I can check with the Aurora support team?

  • Robert Kendall

    Hi Luke. I just sent you an email with a screen shot. The issue should be easy to reproduce. Thanks.

  • Robert Kendall

    Aurora tech support confirmed that Aurora HDR Pro has a limit of 10 layers. Their marketing page is wrong about the “unlimited layers.”

  • Ahh right – I don’t think I’ve ever used more than 7! But I’ll ask them to change that…

  • luvntravln

    Hi Trey, the one reason I haven’t purchased Aurora is because, while I love your work and how you help photographers, we never see examples of natural appearing instead of highly saturated images. I am a hot color guy; just not in the wilderness. Are there examples of natural processing using Aurora? I use all of the other Macphun Apps; just haven’t jumped in with Aurora.

  • I have a few new videos coming out, so get ready for those! πŸ™‚

  • Mark Swain

    Hi Trey, purchased Aurora Pro and still watching your tutorials. I would like to how to install presets also getting rid of sensor spots (if you can in Aurora) as I don’t own Light Room or Photo Shop. By the way I like using it and find it easy

  • Jahfry

    Instead of a Windows version, please consider a Linux version? Less to port (both being *nix/Posix systems) and something anyone with Windows can run. Even if they just run it in a VM. Running OSX in a VM may be technically possible but isn’t really a viable route. As much as I want to use Aurora … I’m simply never going to switch to OSX so long as Linux and BSD are out there.

  • Mark Rupp

    I purchased Aurora Pro awhile back, awesome tool. BUT, it doesn’t work with the macOS public beta. Any thoughts?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hi Mark, which version of the public beta are you using? There were some early versions which had issues with Aurora but the more recent should be fine. If you continue to have problems, you can chat to the Macphun support team on [email protected]

  • Mark Rupp

    Sierra 10.12 beta (16A304a). Thanks for the reply. I’ll ping Macphun. Mark

  • Joe Jessey

    Trey, your indicating this software is for Mac users. What are the min system requirements to run this software on my Mac Pro.


  • Stu – SIC

    Hey J, here are the requirements:

    Processor Core 2 Duo from late 2009 or newer
    Minimum 4 GB RAM
    OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks or newer
    2 GB free space on hard drive
    Display resolution 1280 x 800 or higher

  • Larry Dickinson

    I upgraded to Sierra yesterday and now I can’t even get Aurora to open. It crashes immediately. Is anyone else having this issue? I recently pre-ordered the new version of Aurora coming out next week. If I can’t get the current version to even open, I’ve wasted my money. I love this software and have used it a lot since purchasing. I really need to get it running again. Any help would be appreciated. iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013) Processor 3.1 Ghz Intel Core 7, 16GB 1600 Mhz DDR3 memory. Thanks.

  • Laurence Brett Wiener

    I have been having the same issues. Does anyone have an answer? Nad should we switch to SEIM?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey, the Macphun team are working on support now. We dont have a date for the patch but it will be asap. Sorry for the delay.

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey, just responded to the other post but so you see the notification too, Macphun are working on a patch now. It will be released asap. Sorry about the delay.

  • Larry Dickinson

    I opened the software on one of my computers today and got an update notice. However, on the other, the software crashes immediately on opening so it can never get the update notice. Is there a link to the new version available so I can get up and running until the new version comes out on the 29th? Thanks.

  • Stu – SIC
  • Dave Kosiur

    It’s not obvious to me from you deep dive tutorial that Aurora HDR 2017 actually produces luminosity masks as they’ve been defined (and derived in programs like Photoshop). By that I mean: are the luminosity masks actually self-feathering? That’s an important features of luminosity masks; when you showed a mask in the video, it looked as though the mask had a hard edge, which luminosity masks do not. Or maybe it’s just the nature of the video?

  • Stu – SIC

    I’ll look into this for you…

  • Dave Kosiur
  • Dennis Vun

    Hi, does it support the new Fuji RAF files from X-T2?

  • Dave Kosiur

    Now that the release version is out, I checked and yes, the luminosity masks are self-feathering as expected.

  • Bruce B. Mittelman

    I just installed the Aurora HDR 2017 on my MacPro (Mid 2010) running 10.11.2 and it crashes before opening. I have tried it in Safe Boot and the same thing happens. Any ideas?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hi Bruce, there is an issue with some people receiving the file from Amazon (who we host the file with). This results in a damaged file. Send an email to [email protected] and you’ll be sent alternate download links.

  • Stu – SIC

    Thanks for the update Dave. Apologies that we didn’t get back to you in time.

    Have fun with the software!

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Dennis, drop Macphun an email on [email protected] and they will be able to confirm support for you. (If it isn’t supported now, it will be very soon)

  • Bruce B. Mittelman

    Thanks Stu, I just wrote to them and I’m awaiting their reply.

  • Lisa

    I pre-ordered Aurora 2017 on Monday 26th. I never received the confirmation email which includes the activation code. I contacted both Aurora support and Macphun support and have not received a response from either. Macphun is actually local here in San Diego, so I tried giving them a call, but the listed phone number is invalid. If I don’t hear from support with my activation code soon, I’m going to request a refund.

  • Bruce B. Mittelman

    Thanks Trey and all for the new link, it now works.

  • cantonbecker

    NB: I just purchased the software and it says it won’t run on 10.9.5. Requires 10.10. See:

  • Lisa

    Still haven’t heard anything from support, not even an acknowledgement that they got my email. I paid $50 and haven’t gotten anything that was promised, and since they haven’t responded I’m sure they probably won’t respond if I request a refund either. Frustrated and fed up.

  • Logan Jones

    Where art thou Download???

  • Alan Wheetman

    I pre-ordered on 18th September and received notification yesterday that 2017 had been released. I have by activation code but I have not received any information as to how or from where I can download the software. One of the advantages of pre-ordering is to receive the new software on the day of release! Please advise as to how I might download the software.

    Alan Wheetman

  • Lisa

    They are telling people they can download from the website. Since they are offering a free demo I think you can just download it from the website and then activate it.

  • Lisa

    Finally got my activation code late last night. I will try to activate this afternoon (after work). Hopefully I won’t have problems activating the app like other people have had.

  • Alan Wheetman

    Thanks Lisa,
    I have discovered that the Macphun website has a trial download. Having installed that you can use your activation code to register it. they also have a number of instructional videos. I am pretty hacked off with the service at stuck in customs. Nobody has replied with an answer to my questions about downloading the software. And as for Trey Ratcliff’s Deep Dive video, well! If I want some advice on the benefits of daily meditation and yoga I’ll light a few candles, loosen up the wind-chimes and consult with a Guru. I really didn’t expect that to pop up in a tutorial on HDR Aurora. Maybe he should have named the product HDR Aura 2017 instead. I find Trey ALBUHOA (I’ll leave you to work that one out πŸ™‚ The videos on the Macphun website are very good and not done by Trey. Best of all there is not a chakra opening in site.

    Thanks for coming back to me.


  • Stu – SIC

    Hi Alan, thanks for getting in touch.

    I responded to your support ticket earlier today, apologies if it wasn’t quite fast enough. In case that didn’t arrive for some reason, the content was that as you ordered from Macphun, they should have sent you an email with the download link yesterday. As you now know, the Trial will also work for you with a key.

    Additionally, the download link should also be available in your account with Macphun. Should you need any help accessing that account the support email is [email protected].

    Finally, thanks for the feedback on the tutorial. I’ll pass that on and it will help shape future videos.

    Have a great weekend.

  • Stu – SIC

    HI Lisa, did you get a response? If not, send me your order details on [email protected]

  • Bob Peticolas

    Any way to do lens corrections in Aurora? My 14mm Rokinon in particular has huge distortion that Photoshop does a nice job of correcting. Can Aurora do something similar or read ACR corrections?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hi Bob, for now the best option is probably to do the corrections in PS and then take the file you save into Aurora. (Aurora can be installed as a PS Plugin and then you use Filter > Macphun Software > Aurora HDR 2017 to import the images)

  • Robert Peticolas

    Thanks for the response. Workable but that really slows down workflow. One of the most appealing features of Aurora is its batch processing, which I pretty much give up in this scenario. I can make the lens correction through Bridge’s call to ACR and simply
    copy those settings to all my 14mm raw files. Sure would be nice if I
    didn’t have to open and save them in Photoshop. I hope they’ll work on something better for the next version.

  • noam

    Hi, Just tried to download the free trial version to try it out as I’m new to the software before buying it…. I’m getting an email saying i was subscribed to a “list”… no link to download or a key to insert once the copy is downloaded… can you please help with that?

  • Kevin Harding

    Ditto. It does not run on 10.9.5 (on my iMac – and no intention to upgrade to Sierra 10.10) but does on my new MBP running Sierra. People really need to be made aware of this.

  • Kevin Harding

    Love your site Trey and it was the inspiration behind a move to Aurora for my HDR and CK for general use (still lacks a cataloguing feature though).
    However I am upset that MacPhun still haven’t upgraded Aurora HDR Pro (I bought 2017 but it won’t run on my iMac running the OSx 10.9.5, only on my MBP running Sierra 10.10) to accept Sony ARW files from the A7rii. It’s an awesome camera with a huge following so I really don’t understand why any of the CK suite (inc. Tonality etc.) still don’t accept the RAW ARW files – I always have to convert them to TIFF or DNG first using another program. Frustrated.

  • Stu – SIC

    Hi Kevin, Trey uses the A7R2 and has no issues with RAW files as far as i’m aware. Drop me a note on [email protected] and we can investigate further.

  • Kevin Harding

    Whilst we are working through the issue below (and Stu and his team have been very responsive – even though no solution has yet been found), another, more frustrating, issue has arisen.
    I’ve been forced to work with Aurora 2017 on my brand new MBP (13″ Retina, 2.7 GHz i5, 8GB) running 10.11.6 since it will not work in 10.9.5 on my iMac (I don’t want to upgrade the OSX on that computer as it would make obsolete some other programs) and have encountered 3 total program crashes (in one day) that have lost all the work on files I was engaged with.
    The last one on a file I worked one hour on ! There is no recovery mode and no autosave. Although the crashes are very worrying I urge MacPhun to add an autosave function (yes, I should have saved the file but when you are engrossed it is easy to forget).

  • Logan Jones

    Helllo everybodeh!
    Ive been working on a few photos now in Aurora 2017. (All of my photos are in LR as per “Lightroom work flow tutorial”and run from my external hard drive… super slow, bad idea). Now i drag photos into the desktop and import to Aurora from there. It still seems to be a little slow when using the sliders and what not.

    Just wondering how Trey works (Hello Trey if you’re reading this) to speed up the process while working? I have an imac fusion drive, I thought maybe i could chuck the photos to be worked on in the SSD part of the computer and go from there?…. haven’t tried it but wanted to get your thoughts. Or tips to make it faster… If possible.


  • I had learn lots of thing from your previous tutorial “HDR and HDR Photography”. Now I am amazed with this software capability. Its a grate software/tools for your Image HDR look. But I tried to download hard the software free trial. But its seems there is no link for download the software for try.

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey, here is the link for the trial:

    Have fun!

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey, I’ve seen Trey mention that a quick speed boost can be achieved by running the software in a window rather than fullscreen. Give that a shot!

  • Logan Jones

    Ok, Cheers, I’ll give that a go.

  • eddie

    I love the 2017 version, but would like to import the templates from earlier version, is this possible?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hi Eddie, do you mean Presets? If so, thats not possible. The new version of Aurora has so much additional/tweaked functionality that the older presets do not work. If you bought the preset expansion pack for the older Aurora you do get a free upgrade to the new expansion pack though. Send an email to [email protected] and we can sort that out if needed.

  • Aurora 2017 is very beautiful, I have been working on a few photos now in Aurora 2017. Radial Masking feature is totally outstanding.

  • Jsfrog

    Windows user here, awaiting apparent Aurora release for Windows this Spring 2017. Any opinions here on Aurora versus luminosity masking in Photoshop? Those selling/advocating for their Photoshop plugins to do luminosity masks in a simpler fashion (TK Actions Panel, Raya Pro, Lumenzia, ADPpanel, etc.) either say HDR software is all terrible (halos, noise, color changes, ghosts, etc.) or they do not address the advent of Aurora at all. I cannot find any site so far that compares Aurora to using luminosity masks in Photoshop – maybe I haven’t looked hard enough. Would appreciate comments/opinions on any of this.

  • Drew Bryden

    I have experienced the same issue with a new install of Aurora 2017. I will work for a length of time on an image and the software crashes when applying the edits. I have now resorted to saving all of my edits as a preset before I attempt to apply them. that way, if the application crashes, I can go back and try again with the preset without having to go through all of that work all over again.

  • Stu – SIC

    Have you spoken to the Macphun support team? ( [email protected] )

  • Drew Bryden

    Thanks, I sent an email before posting here. I am waiting on a response.

  • Ryan, N2YQT

    My camera doesn’t do bracketed exposures. I used to use photoshop and would export a jpg from the raw image over, normal, and under exposed. I would then use photpmatix to make an HDR image. Will Aurora allow me to process a RAW file to make it HDR without all those previous steps?

  • Excellent review. It will be a great review for Mac user. I have been working on a few photos now in Aurora, it is really impressive.

  • Stu – SIC

    Hi Larry, here are instructions on how to add Aurora as a plugin in Photoshop: (Scan down a bit)

  • Aleksander

    Does Aurora HDR Pro is ‘360 panoramic pictures aware’?
    How to get rid of that seam?
    Why after export from Aurora Google Photos doesn’t see them as 360 anymore?

  • Fred

    I bought Aurora 2017 before I joined Passport..unable to find any full tutorials on the site…am I just missing where they are located on the site?

  • Stu – SIC

    Hi Fred, go here:

    Once you’ve signed in to Passport choose the Tutorial Library then scan down to the Complete HDR Tutorial 3.0 (Mac) version. Thats packed with Aurora instruction.

    Have fun!

  • I must try this. Thanks for this excellent review.

  • Lynda Geller

    Besides the great editing tools, is there a way to organize and label photos?

  • Everett Engbers

    I gave it a try. It’s not very good. The same old problems as with ALL HDR software. It’s not realistic looking and has poor color rendition. I prefer a exposure fusion approach which this software lacks or just blending in Photoshop. Also you can’t open a image in Photoshop for corrections in demo mode. All they needed to do was apply a watermark on the images before purchase. No Sale.

  • Fred Smith

    I’ve had the same issues with RAW ARW uncompressed files from the Sony A7Rii. Is there a work around to fix this?

  • Fred Smith

    I’ve had the same issues with RAW ARW (uncompressed) files from the Sony A7Rii. Is there a work around to fix this?

  • Stu – SIC

    The A7Rii seems to be one of those cameras which arrived at an awkward time. Lightroom is the same, supports it if you moved to LR6/CC but Lightroom 5 people have to do the convert to DNG workaround. (I know that doesn’t really help, just an observation). As far as i’m aware there are no plans to update the RAW support in Pro but you can check with Macphun on [email protected] to confirm.

  • Rink Reinking

    Great software?

  • Nixtradamus

    Not very good, as can be seen on the pictures offered by the developers themselves. Odd colors and lots of artifacts rendering the pictures totally gaudy and un-realistic.

  • DS

    I had to e-mail MacPhun for a resolution. I would suggest that.

  • Larry Spradlin

    I bought Aurora HDR because Trey recommended it. What a joke. The program was really slow which I figured would eventually work itself out as updates came along. Well, I just updated with the link that you guys sent me and now the program won’t load at all. I don’t know if you ever check Aurora HDR photography on Facebook but lots of people are complaining about it. Are you sure you want your name associated with something that gives people this much trouble?