HDR Photography is back in a big way with Aurora HDR from Macphun and Trey Ratcliff

Some amazing new software is coming this week from the group at Macphun, makers of the Creative Kit which includes popular Mac only photo enhancement apps Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, FX Photo Studio, Focus, and Noiseless.

It is a brand new app called Aurora HDR and was made with help from HDR guru Trey Ratcliff.

And let me tell you, it is quite impressive!! I recently received a beta copy of the software and after using it just a short time I was almost instantly convinced that this is the best HDR software out there, bar none.


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I have tried this photo with other HDR software programs in the past and always got halos around the trees and inferior color and brightness.

I will have a more in-depth review shortly after the software is available to everyone, but here is a short preview of what has really caught my attention so far:

  • It is easy to create natural looking HDR photos, with no halos
  • And just as easy to go for the grunge look
  • The amount of control in this program over the final look of your photo is truly amazing
  • Layers and masking, including luminosity masks with advanced blending options and controls
  • Huge assortment of color controls
  • Ghost reduction and alignment works very good on most photos
  • Great user interface
  • Lots of included presets separated into popular photo categories, and you can create your own too
  • Top & Bottom Lighting panel that instantly became a favorite of mine
  • Program is very quick and responsive, even with 7 bracketed photos
  • Can process RAW files too (although I prefer using a dedicated RAW program first, like Capture One Pro)

HDR photography is back in a big way with the new Aurora HDR from Macphun and Trey Ratcliff. If your photography calls for shooting in scenes that have a high dynamic range and you need to shoot multiple exposures, you are going to love this new program. Other HDR software solutions seem outdated, clunky, and just plain inferior in comparison to Aurora HDR. Getting natural looking HDR photos is now easier and with more control than ever possible. Aurora HDR is a game-changer in the HDR software field.


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Color, detail, and control is fantastic with Aurora HDR.


I had pretty much given up on HDR photography, using Capture One Pro to pull out great shadow detail from my Sony RAW files. But now, with Aurora HDR, I am looking forward to taking more exposure brackets and creating HDR photos in this software.

If you are interested in Aurora HDR, there is a great pre-order offer that you can take advantage of with great savings before it is available on November 19.

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