HDR and Photoshop and Lightroom – Stuck in Customs

HDR and Photoshop and Lightroom

A few years ago I put this page together for people interested in HDR in Photoshop. Since then the HDR world has moved on and while it is possible to create HDR images in Photoshop (and Lightroom if you so desire) I just can’t recommend them. Adobe has stood still on the HDR front and specialist applications such as Aurora HDR have taken the genre to a whole new level.

Now with the launch of Aurora HDR 2019 and its new HDR Engine the software, right from the initial input, produces amazingly balanced results with great dynamic range, minimal noise and NO HALOS! Nothing else can compete, so check out the details below for a little more about the software and remember, if you don’t love it you can get your money back. 🙂

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.


Here’s a few images I created with Aurora HDR 2019!