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HDR images were all the rage back in the late 90s / early 00s – and not in the best way. Many folks pushed the medium a bit too far, creating these ‘hyper-steroidal’ images that looked absolutely fake and stylized.

That doesn’t mean that High Dynamic Range (HDR) images don’t have a place in modern photography. They do! Especially in the realms of landscape, cityscape, and architecture photography, where photographers really want to push the limits of dynamic range…

But we still want to create a ‘natural’ looking image…

How to do that?

Well, Aurora HDR is both a stand alone application as well as a plugin for both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom that helps photographers create HDR images in a matter of seconds.

Image edited in Aurora HDR -
© Casey Fatchett Photography

Beautiful HDR – Powered by AI

According to Skylum Software, the creators of Aurora HDR, the program features “No halos. No artifacts. No chromatic aberration. Get the highest quality of bracket merging, and a spectacular level of color enhancement, thanks to the power of Artificial Intelligence.”

Bold words, but are they true? In my experience using the software…YES!

Dozens of Creative Tools

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Aurora HDR puts numerous tools at your fingertips, including creative LUT mapping, polarizing filters, color toning, dodge & burn, details enhancer as well as several exclusive tools to help create stunning HDR images without falling victim to some of the common pitfalls of this process (Denoise, Smart Structure, and Clarity)

While the software’s interface is easy to use and amateurs will have no trouble quickly figuring out how to use it, it also includes advanced features for professionals including batch processing, layers, and RAW support.

No brackets? No problem!

While you’d like to have at least three bracketed images to create an HDR image from, what do you do if you only have one?

Well, you can still create an awesome image!

arc de triomphe © casey fatchett photography

The Arc de Triomphe image above was created in a matter of a few seconds using a single frame (a JPG file, actually) with the Aurora HDR software.

Try it free

Not sure this software is for you? Try it free for 30 days. You can even get your money back up to 60 days after you purchase!

And as an exclusive offer for Nerdy Photographer readers, you can save $10 off your purchase price if you use the code NERDYPHOTO at checkout.

What are you waiting for? Click here or on the image below to try it today!

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