EasyHDR 3

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£24, $32 www.easyhdr.com

EasyHDR lives up to its name, with a rea­son­ably in­tu­itive in­ter­face and plenty of in­stant pre­sets that of­fer a good bal­ance of re­al­is­tic and artis­tic looks. De­spite the em­pha­sis on ease of use, you still get a de­cent selection of cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions, in­clud­ing curves ad­just­ment, tone map­ping al­ter­ation, and plenty of colour tweaks. There’s also com­pre­hen­sive RAW file sup­port, and even a batch pro­cess­ing abil­ity.

But while the fea­tures are good, it’s EasyHDR’s re­sults that impressed us most. Our hand­held brack­eted test shots were merged with no vis­i­ble ghost­ing, and the soft­ware does a good job of deal­ing with im­age noise as well. Pro­cess­ing speeds are quick, as are ef­fect previews dur­ing edit­ing, and it man­ages this with­out re­sort­ing to us­ing a low-res­o­lu­tion pre­view. Sup­port for both Win­dows and Mac com­pletes this su­perb all-rounder.

Pros Sim­ple yet well-fea­tured in­ter­face; quick; gives top-notch re­sults. Cons Not quite as com­pre­hen­sive as Aurora HDR or HDR Projects. We say

For fast yet at­trac­tive re­sults, EasyHDR is a great-value soft­ware choice. Over­all score

Soup­ing-up a sin­gle im­age with some tone map­ping was no trou­ble thanks to EasyHDR’s range of care­fully se­lected pre­sets

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