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Aurora HDR 1.2.3

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£29, $49 (stan­dard), £78, $99 (Pro) www.au­ro­rahdr.com

Aurora HDR is pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion with HDR guru Trey Rat­cliff, who pro­vides a selection of HDR pre­sets for the Pro ver­sion. It’s Mac-only, but we’re told a Win­dows ver­sion could be on the way soon.

Like other HDR tools, Aurora HDR can merge sep­a­rate ex­po­sures, fix­ing ghost­ing, chromatic aber­ra­tion and align­ment at the same time. You can then choose an HDR ef­fect pre­set and/or make man­ual ad­just­ments us­ing an ar­ray of pow­er­ful, if some­times con­fus­ing, tools and in-built lay­ers and masks. The ef­fects are ex­cel­lent, even in the cheaper stan­dard ver­sion, but we’d rec­om­mend pay­ing the ex­tra for HDR Pro to get Pho­to­shop and Light­room plug-in op­er­a­tion as well as stand­alone ca­pa­bil­ity.

A new ver­sion is in the pipe­line – Aurora 2017 will of­fer batch pro­cess­ing, and a new Po­larise Fil­ter and Ra­dial Mask­ing tool.

Pros Great pre­sets; pow­er­ful lay­ers; stand­alone or plug-in (Pro). Cons Pricey pro ver­sion; jar­gon-laden man­ual tools; Mac-only. We say Aurora HDR Pro is an ex­pen­sive op­tion but the re­sults are worth it. Over­all score

Aurora HDR Pro brings pre­sets from HDR guru Trey Rat­cliff, Pho­to­shop and Light­room plug-ins, pow­er­ful tools and di­rect RAW com­pat­i­bil­ity

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