The Aurora HDR 1.2 update announced today brings a number of new features to the Windows version and speed improvements on both Mac and PC. The new version offers RAW support for a number of new cameras and is reportedly much quicker when working with both bracketed shots and single images. In fact if you shoot RAW files rather than JPEGs and you’re careful about the exposure, … [Read more...] about How to create a single image HDR in Aurora HDR 2018 1.2
This Aurora HDR 2018 review covers the latest version of MacPhun’s innovative and popular high dynamic range tool, and the big news with this release is not just the software improvements, which are substantial, but the fact that it’s now available in both Mac and PC versions. MacPhun Aurora HDR 2018 downloads and deals page HDR photography is massively popular, as a … [Read more...] about Aurora HDR 2018 review
Sometimes you get scenes where the brightness range is so great you just can't bring out all the different tones in the picture. This is lighting problem, not a dynamic range problem. Even if your camera has the dynamic range to capture all the tones in the scene, there's no way of showing them all. You can make the brighter parts of the picture look wonderful but the shadows … [Read more...] about Transform tricky shots with tone mapping
I was recently lucky enough to travel to Norway with Nikon to try out the new D7500 DSLR, and saw this amazing view of the town of Ålesund from the hill of Aksla alongside the town. The sun was low, the sky was bright, so this looked like the ideal candidate for HDR treatment – it was probably the only way I was going to be able to capture the bright sky and the darker ground … [Read more...] about Aurora HDR 2017 getting started guide
HDR photography can produce spectacular images. It can also produce a supersaturated, overcooked look that we've probably all seen too much of. Getting that balance right is an art in itself. For now, though, here some HDR tips for shooting and then editing your images. HDR tip 01: In-camera HDR In-camera HDR is becoming more common and it can work pretty well, but it's not … [Read more...] about Top 12 HDR tips
Wednesday Workshops are all about solving tricky little image-editing issues, and here's one to get us started. The Lightroom HDR tools built in are good in their way, but will only get you so far. Yes, you can boost the shadows, reduce the highlights, add some Clarity and Dehaze and maybe a graduated filter for the sky, but you can end up doing a lot of work only getting half … [Read more...] about Get better Lightroom HDR with the help of HDR Efex Pro
I had an interesting chat with the folks on the MacPhun stand at The Photography Show at the Birmingham NEC at the beginning of March. They were showing off two new plug-ins called Intensify and SnapHeal. Both come in standard and Pro versions, and both work as standalone apps or plug-ins for Aperture, Lightroom, Photoshop and Elements. They're Mac-only at the moment (hence … [Read more...] about MacPhun Intensify 1.0.1: give your photos some punch!
HDR (high dynamic range techniques) are sometimes necessary to cope with scenes that have a higher dynamic range than the camera's sensor can cope with. But that's happening less and less as sensor technology improves. The latest D-SLR sensors don't just have increased dynamic range, they're able to capture shadow detail with less noise than before. This means that if you shoot … [Read more...] about Get more natural results with this Lightroom HDR effect
Viveza 2 is part of the Google Nik Collection, and I think it's in danger of being overlooked in favour of the newer, flashier or more versatile plug-ins in the collection. Viveza 2 is designed to offer localised adjustments for your digital image using the 'control point' technology now found throughout the Google Nik Collection. Viveza 2 control points combine adjustments … [Read more...] about Who needs HDR when you’ve got Viveza 2 control points?
HDR Efex Pro isn't just for special effects. It can enhance your images in much more straightforward ways, improving the tonal balance, sky detail and colour saturation. I like to use it on landscapes, where professionals can wait for hours for the right lighting, but the rest of us have to grab shots when we can. The shot below is a good example. It was the middle of the … [Read more...] about Boost your landscapes with HDR Efex Pro