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!
Aurora HDR 2019 – NO Halos, NO Noise, NEW Looks
Entirely New HDR Algorithm with Artificial Intelligence
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!
Aurora 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.
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..
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.
Below, I have put a few photos of both the software being used and some of the results.