Is the New Aurora HDR worth it?

Having a bright and sunny day may be great for people who prefer to do outdoor fashion shots,

Is the New Aurora HDR worth it?
Having a bright and sunny day may be great for people who prefer to do outdoor fashion shots, but for those who wish to take photos of the landscape or some architecture this kind of weather can be reason enough to ruin their day. The reason is that many cameras find it difficult to properly expose photos taken in very bright situations, especially if there are some dark and shadowy areas in the scene. Usually the photos taken in these kind of scenarios come out either underexposed or overexposed.

A solution to this problem is HDR photography. This is a great way to make sure your photos are well-exposed, while also allowing you to take some creative control over them. To create HDR photos yourself, you need a capable HDR processing software, and this is where Aurora HDR comes into the picture.

An Introduction

For those who don’t know about it, Aurora HDR has been one of the top HDR editors for Mac computers since its launch in 2015. It brings a lot of features to the table that allow users to develop their HDR photos just the way they want. From easy-to-use filters to full manual controls over various aspects of your photos, Aurora HDR has had it all for the past two years.

This year, the next version of the software is coming out, dubbed Aurora HDR 2018. It adds a handful of new features and finally brings it prowess in HDR editing to Windows computers as well. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why Aurora HDR 2018 is a step up from its previous version:

  • A New User Interface:

The new version of Aurora HDR comes with an all new interface that is more than just a cosmetic makeover. The company has spent a lot of time figuring out how professional photographers prefer to use the program, and has ensured that all the right controls are in their right places. The software is also more modern and slicker to look at.

  • Faster Operation:

Not that the previous version of the program was slow, but the newer version is going to be up to 4 times faster in its processing speed. That is a huge step up and will surely be appreciated by many power users. This new version is also said to be capable of handling twice as many brackets and come with twice as many brushes and masks as before. All of this makes the upcoming version of Aurora HDR a must-buy for professionals and enthusiasts alike.

  • Lens Correction

To make itself more enticing, Aurora HDR 2018 will also come with lens correction profiles built-in so you don’t have to jump between multiple programs to fix your images that suffer from vignetting or chromatic aberration. Having the power to deal with these pesky issues within itself gives an edge to Aurora HDR over many other HDR editing programs.

  • Cross-Platform Compatibility

And of course, as mentioned before, the new Aurora HDR will finally be compatible with Windows users. People using Windows have complained for quite some time now about not being able to make use of the excellent program, and the team at MacPhun have finally listened. 

So anyone asking the question whether the $50 upgrade to Aurora HDR 2018 from their current version is worth it or not, it definitely is. You’ll get a faster program that has lens correction capabilities and an UI that is easier to understand and operate, so if you’re serious about HDR photography then just go for it. 

Date Of Update: 23 August 2017, 15:38

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