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Aurora HDR 2017; Overview

Live Training Session 401

Aurora HDR 2017; Overview

Live Training Session 401

Duration: 01:02 hr
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It's time for a whole new training! Macphun's Aurora HDR 2017 is here, and it's a pretty sweet app. This won't be a really long series but it's definitely more than a single sessions, so we're kicking it off with an Overview.

Here's what we covered in this first session. 

  • Complete UI tour
  • Understanding of Layers (Adjustment, Custom Texture, Original Image and HDR Bracket)
  • Layer masking, including brush control and linear/radial gradients with additive and subtractive capability
  • Overview of all tools, including: HDR Tone Mapping, Color, Structure, HDR Denoise, Image Radiance, Polarizing Filter, Details, Glow, Top & Bottom Adjustment, Tone Curve, HSL, Color Toning, and Vignette
  • Presets (and how to use them)

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Aurora HDR 2017; Overview

Live Training Session 401

Duration: 01:02 hr
$4.00

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My concerned in using Aurora is their business model of annual upgrades and upgrade charges.  I originally purchased the first version  in Nov 2015 and less than one year later in Sept 2016 they want me to purchase the upgrade.  HDR is something I only use a couple times a year and I haven’t even used the first version before they want me to pay again less than a year later.  Unless you use HDR all of the time, there are other alternatives that might be more price competitive.

Thanks for the peek at Aurora HDR 2017 Joseph. I always enjoy your “discovery” presentations of a new product and look forward to your in depth sessions on some of Aurora’s specific editing tools. 
Question: do you shoot the majority of your photos bracketed or do you specifically shoot only those that you know will be edited in Aurora with 3 or more brackets. IMO that would be a tough call and I’m sure I’d miss a few opportunities. I see you can use a single photo in Aurora but can I assume 3 or more bracketed photos would be better?

If you don't have a solution you don't have a problem!

I almost never shoot bracketed. I only do if I am shooting specifically for HDR or luminosity masking, or if the scene is so screwy and changing quickly and I want to be safe. 

As far as using a single image, that's on my course list to compare a single to multiple images for an HDR output. I haven't tested it yet but will eventually, and will leave that to the end so I'm as familiar with the app as I'll get. I'd certainly expect a multiple image stack to be better, but I suppose it depends on the image. If your scene has 20 stops of dynamic range (call it –10 to +10) and your camera captures 10 stops, then a single image will only have 10 stops (–5 to +5). But if you have five photos bracketed two stops apart, then that'll get you from –9 to +9. 

That said if the scene only has 5 stops of range to begin with, then all those extra shots won't do you any good.

Theoretically, at least ;-) 

@PhotoJoseph
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