The New Aurora HDR 2019 Photo Editing Software is Here

Following the popular release of their award-winning Luminar 2018, developer Skylum (previously Macphun) have once again stepped up their game with the announcement of Aurora HDR ’19.

Aurora HDR ’19 is the eagerly anticipated update to Skylum’s dedicated High Dynamic Range editing and processing tool, originally released in 2015. Following several updates each year, the latest Aurora HDR ’19 looks to be taking massive leaps for the software, with their powerful new Quantum HDR Engine at the heart of the product.

After 3 long years in development, the patent-pending Quantum HDR Engine “automatically analyzes millions of pixels” to then “intelligently” create super-sharp and perfectly balanced HDR images.

This feature will be a huge bonus for landscape photographers, as the software’s next-gen AI can survey an image in moments to bring out striking natural colours and pin-sharp details. The technology also has the ability to function from just one image as opposed to creating a composite, which is ideal for landscape and nature photographers alike.

Alongside this is the all-new HDR Smart Structure technology, that gives you accurate amounts of details and structure in an whilst avoiding excess artifacts that can make a HDR image appear unnatural.

LUTs (or Look Up Tables) are also present in the new edition, which allow you to apply complex colour grades to an image, imitating popular cinematic colour styles for that major motion picture look.

Other new features include a new Aurora HDR Looks editing feature, that helps users to “enhance and stylize images,” in addition to support for numerous plugins such as Portreture, Imagenomic Portreture, Nik Collection, and Photolemur 3.0.

Aside from new features, Skylum, have improved the HDR Details Boost filter to now include high-resolution tuning, as well as adding new controls for Shadows and Highlights to the Adjustable Gradient filter. They have also added a plugins menu for both Mac and Windows, for added functionality.

“It’s truly the best HDR software for both Mac and PCs and is gonna blow people’s minds,” states co-developer and renowned HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff.

Available for pre-order until October 4th for £82, the package also includes such bonuses as a 3-month 500px Pro membership, and a discount voucher for a multi-day Iceland Photo Tour.

For more information visit Skylum’s page.

Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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