MacPhun released Aurora HDR just a few weeks ago and touts it as the most advanced high dynamic range (HDR) software in the world. Certainly, veteran users of Photoshop and Lightroom might be skeptical. But if your sole purpose is to create HDR photos on the Mac, Aurora HDR might be the best option out there, seeing as it was created with the close consultation of HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff. In this video, Ratcliff dives deep in a first-hand look into how to get the most from Aurora HDR.
You can love and you can hate HDR photography, but the fact is that we're in an age where, to some extent, that's all there is. When we pull our shadows up and our highlights down, we're extending the dynamic range of our photos. Albeit, most of the time we do this with just one photograph for a "not quite as high dynamic range" image. But at the end of the day, the concept is the same: take advantage of technology in your camera and computer software to bring out more details from within a photograph.
From this perspective, you can absolutely dial back the overall HDR effect effect if you so choose, just as you can dial back any other setting. Aurora HDR gives you control over just about every aspect of color, light, and clarity that you'd expect Lightroom or Photoshop to give you.
Perhaps the most important aspect is that Aurora HDR isn't just a standalone software. If you don't want to leave Lightroom or Photoshop, you don't have to, thanks to plug-in support for both applications.
Aurora HDR has already seen its first bug-fixing and performance-improving updates, too, and can be had for $99 as part of a holiday special that includes training from Trey Ratcliff and Jeff Carlson, custom HDR textures created by Trey Ratcliff, and a first month free offer for the Arcanum Membership.