A digital polarizing filter is one of over 20 new features inside of Aurora HDR

aurora hdr 2017 announced aurorahdr
Aurora HDR may only be a year old, but that was apparently long enough for the photography software to pick up a few awards and over 600,000 users. Wednesday, Macphun announced a major upgrade with Aurora HDR 2017 with over 20 different improvements.

Designed exclusively for the high dynamic range technique, the program includes several new tools and can now also work with single images instead of only HDR sets. The update also includes a new digital polarizing filter. And while the new feature can’t recover reflections like a physical filter, the new digital filter helps cut atmospheric haze, Macphun says, while producing deeper colors and richer skies.

Applying adjustments to only certain areas of the image is also simpler with new luminosity mask controls. The new controls improve the speed of applying selective masks, the company says, by selecting entire zones of the image. Zones can be selected, then adjusted, from the image’s curves. The program also includes a new set of one-click presets for quick whole-image edits, with options designed by Trey Ratcliff, Captain Kimo, and Serge Ramelli.

The software designers also developed a new tone-mapping engine, which improved algorithms for speedier edits. The enhanced tone mapping also helps reduce noise and produce more natural results, according to Macphun.

Working with several merged images is also easier with new blend modes for layers, including darken, lighten, and color burn. RAW and DNG processing is now faster, and the program has new sliders for contrast, vibrancy, and warmth.

The 2017 version is at least 50-percent faster than the earlier program, Macphun says, with HDR merging up to 70-percent faster. A cleaner user interface helps simplify the program for new users, while extended RAW options adds support for newer cameras.

The upgraded HDR program is expected to be released on September 29. The program will list for $99, with pre-orders going for $89 for new users and $69 for an upgrade from the previous version.


Not just for Lightroom anymore, Loupedeck+ now works with Photoshop

Loupedeck+ can now help photographers edit in Photoshop too, thanks to physical controls for swapping tools, running actions, and more. The photo-editing console expanded to include Photoshop in the list of compatible editing programs.

Photographers can now customize the layout of Lightroom Classic controls

Tired of scrolling past Lightroom tools that you don't use? Adobe Lightroom Classic now allows users to reorganize the Develop panel. The update comes along with new sharing options in Lightroom CC, and updates to the mobile Lightroom app.

Apple's iOS 12.1.1 makes it easier to switch cameras in FaceTime

After months of betas, the final version of iOS 12 is here to download. The latest OS comes along with tons of new capabilities, from grouped notifications to Siri Shortcuts. Here are all the features you'll find in iOS 12.

Xbox One S vs. PlayStation 4 Slim: Which console is worth your money?

Microsoft's new Xbox One S and Sony's PlayStation 4 "Slim" have bucked the generational gaming console trend. But which of these stopgap systems is worth spending your paycheck on?
Social Media

Instagram could be making a special type of account for influencers

Instagram influencers fall somewhere between a business profile and a typical Instagram, so the company is working on developing a type of account just for creators. The new account type would give creators more access to analytical data.

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…

Leave the laptop at home, the iPad Pro is the travel buddy to take on vacay

The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet that's perfect for creatives and professionals. How does it fare when traveling with it as a laptop replacement? We took it on a two week trek in Japan to find out.

These are the best action cameras money can buy

Action cameras are great tools for capturing videos of your everyday activities, whether it's a birthday party or the steepest slope you've ever descended on your snowboard. These are the best money can buy.

Canon holiday sale features the Rebel T6 2-lens kit for just $449

If you have a budding photographer in your life in need of a real camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T6 could make the perfect gift. Canon is currently offering the camera in a two-lens bundle for just $449 through December 29.
Emerging Tech

Light, speed: Lighting kit for DJI Mavic 2 lets you fly and film in the dark

Lume Cube, maker of small battery-powered LED lights for mobile photography, has announced a new lighting kit built specifically for the DJI Mavic 2 -- the first of its kind. Already our favorite drone, this makes the Mavic 2 even better.
Social Media

Instagram’s 2018 year in review shines a light on where our hearts are

What did Instagram users share the most in 2018? A lot of heart emojis, heart face filters, and heart GIFs. The platform recently shared the year's top trends, including hashtags like #fortnite and #metoo along with a few surprises.

Want a fun, affordable instant camera? The Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S is just $49

Instant cameras have had a surprising resurgence of late, and no brand is better recognized in the instant photo space today than Fujifilm Instax. Walmart is currently offering the Instax Mini 7S for just $49.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.

Need a monitor for professional photo-editing? These are the very best

Looking for the best monitor for photo editing? You'll need to factor in brightness, color accuracy, color gamut support and more. Fortunately, we've rounded up the best ones for you, to help you make an educated purchase.