The Lightroom HDR merge option has been around for a while, so how does it work and how does it compare to a dedicated HDR tool? Continue reading Lightroom HDR: how the HDR Merge tool works
It’s hard to fault Aurora HDR 2019. It works as a standalone HDR application or as a plug-in. It can merge exposure brackets and it can tone map individual RAW files. It can product dense, wild and dramatic HDR effects or natural-looking images, with almost no sign of the ‘glow’ effects and other artefacts that normally make HDR so difficult to get right. It also goes way further than other HDR tools with comprehensive tone and colour controls, local adjustments and even image layers and masks.
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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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, … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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, … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading Boost your landscapes with HDR Efex Pro