Review of Aurora Pro HDR

Iceland is a mysterious place of land and sea, light and dark, ice and fire.

Today’s review of Aurora Pro started in February 2014 while walking along the coast in the town of Hofn while staying at the Hali Hotel. It was cold standing there as I watched the remnants of the sunset to the west. This is what I saw, or was it?

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I started with a series of 3 photos, shot at -2 EV, 0 EV, and +2 EV. This is the traditional sequence when planning to process as a High Dynamic Range photograph.

High Dynamic Range is the description we use for photos that can show detail and texture in the extremes of lightness and darkness. HDR photography is simply the technique of combining three exposures into a single image to show the majesty of light and textures our eye originally perceived.

Trey Ratcliff pioneered HDR photography and made it mainstream.

Trey’s work has been featured thousands of times all over the world, and his images are mind-blowing. Trey is not just a photographer with a technique; he’s a man with a vision about how people can best learn from others. It’s why he started The Arcanum, which is an apprentice based system of “leveling up” your skills with a Master Photographer guiding your steps to achieve a higher level of vision, skill and well, Mastery. I signed up early; I love the camaraderie and guidance. Today I am at level 26 in The Arcanum.

But Trey went further. He co-created a software program to encapsulate his vision and his technique for producing interesting images. That software is now a reality, and I am about to show it to you with a live example of how it works. Spoiler Alert: The video is further down to post, so you can see the entire process as it unfolds. The written review sets the stage, so let’s get started!

Enter Aurora Pro.

This is truly a third generation product, standing on the shoulders of those original pioneers such as Photomatix and NIK. When new products come to market, I download the free trial and see what they can do. Recently I downloaded HDR Projects 4, which did not appeal to me at all. Personally, I rarely use HDR software anymore but after reviewing Aurora Pro, that may change. I have found ways to use this software to more fully express myself in my work than I could do without it. I want to show you why.

I purposely chose a fairly dull image from my catalog to use for this demonstration. It’s an image I thought it had little potential to be interesting. I wanted to see what Aurora Pro could do with it. Using the three images (above) I merged them with Aurora Pro and I am ready to see what it can produce.

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Loaded into Aurora Pro, it didn’t show much promise, but I did want to see what would be possible with a little bit of Aurora magic. But after processing, I was able to turn that boring photo into something more interesting.

How did I get from this image (above) to this image below?

After Aurora Pro processing, with a little bit of touch up in Lightroom.

With Aurora Pro processing, with a little bit of touch up in Lightroom.

To see the step-by-step process, watch this video and see how it happened. It’s actually simple and quite intuitive.

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If you watched the video, you know how easy it is to go from boring to stunning. All I did was use the Aurora Pro software and work each slider progressively from top to bottom. When you see how easy this is, and how dramatic the results can be, it’s just too good to pass up.

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The image used on this page was shot with a Canon 5DMkIII with a Canon 16-35mm zoom lens. The Icelandic Adventures are run by Strabo Tours.
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