Aurora HDR 1.2.3
£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