HDR Software Review

Best HDR Software

I use HDR for about 70% of my photography and I’ve tested every imaginable HDR software product available. Some are free and some cost money. Regular fans of the site know that I only review and recommend software that I actually use.

Roughly 3 years ago I partnered with the amazing team at Skylum (formerly Macphun) to develop an entirely new HDR software tool called Aurora HDR. I worked closely with them to include all of the features I felt was missing from Photomatix, Lightroom and other tools in my quiver. Since it’s release over 3 million people have downloaded it. I’m blown away! Thank you for believing in us!

Pre-order your copy of Aurora HDR 2019 now!

How do you follow up from Mac’s App of the Year in 2018? That’s a tough one but we put our heads together with the team from Skylum and we’ve done it!

i-ZjfXKWw.jpgAurora HDR 2019 uses Skylum’s new Quantum HDR Engine. It is a completely redesigned HDR algorithm, paired with artificial intelligence, which took 3 years of development by Skylum’s AI lab. My favorite thing about this new version is you no longer need to make corrections on the initial results because it virtually eliminates noise, halos, and other little issues you often needed to fix. This means you can focus on your creative side. Begin by trying out the new “looks” (formerly called presets, a few of mine are included for free). And try tweaking out the “HDR-ness” of your creation with the new and improved HDR Enhance and Smart Structure sliders.

Pre-Order prior to October 4th to save $$ and get tons of freebies!

Existing users can check this link to see if you qualify for an upgrade for just $49. New users may purchase Aurora HDR 2019 for just $89. A collection of bonuses are included with every purchase.

What else is new in Aurora HDR 2019?

I’m also impressed with the vastly improved results of interior architecture images. These are often problematic when it’s quite bright outside but dark inside. Previous versions of Aurora HDR would handle this in a bit of a sloppy manner. And competitors to Aurora HDR still struggle with interior shots.

Aurora HDR 2019 also includes Lookup Tables (LUTs) which allows you to give your finished image a “movie / film” appearance. They’re adjustable with sliders so you can get a little bit, or a whole lot of, that “Wes Anderson / Mad Max / Blade Runner” feel. Last but not least, there’s even more dynamic range if you choose to process a single RAW image, which I now do over 50% of the time.

And YES, the Windows version and the Mac version are now exactly the same. Huzzah! Go grab it pronto! If you’re not 100% satisfied you can, of course, have all your money back with no worries. It’s a perfect risk to reward ratio. In fact, mathematically, it’s a 1::infinity ratio, so you’re in a cozy mathematical nesting of absolute certainty.

Already own Aurora HDR Pro and want to upgrade? Click here to find out if you qualify.

 

 

HDR Tutorial

I have a FREE HDR Tutorial here on StuckInCustoms.com that describes the step by step process. If you’d like to dive deeper, I also have video tutorials for Aurora HDR. The tutorials show how I use the tools for a variety of situations… landscapes, sunrise/sunset, people, motion, etc..

HDR Camera

You do not really need a special type of camera, but I do have my HDR Camera recommendations here on the site. There is a bit more detail there, in addition to a description of my own personal gear.

HDR Photos

Below, I have put a few photos of both the software being used and some of the results.  

A Sunset on a Texas Farm (by Stuck in Customs)

Fourth on Lake Austin

Farewell India

Anyone want to join me at the beach for a good conversation?

Merry D3Xmas from Trey and Stuck In Customs!

Hong Kong from The Peak on a Summer Night

Camel in the Wild

The Bombing of Dresden

The Open Road

I've reached the end of the world

A Godly Dance at the Taj

Adventuring Deeper into Patagonia (by Stuck in Customs)

The Lonely Road to the Dinosaur Dig (by Stuck in Customs)

Puzzling Over Beauty (by Stuck in Customs)

Chicago Thaws into Spring (by Stuck in Customs)

The Icy Pit to Hell (by Stuck in Customs)

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