A new version of Aurora HDR is coming out on October 4, 2018 and it contains some big improvements to the software. But is it all worth it?
Well … that depends.
In the video demonstration below I compare the 2018 and 2019 versions of Aurora to show you what’s new and help you decide if it is a good time for you to upgrade.
Of course, if you haven’t tried Aurora yet, you can pick up a trial version and try it out for yourself.
Here’s what’s new in the latest release:
1. Quantum HDR Engine
The new Quantum HDR Engine is combining brackets in a much more intelligent way resulting in images that have fewer burnt out colours, fewer halos and less noise. And its faster too. So right off the bat when your brackets come in to Aurora you are starting off with a better image before you even touch any of the sliders.
2. HDR Smart Structure
It is smart! This slider now analyses your image and only applies structure to the more detailed parts of the scene. No one wants structure in the smooth areas of the sky! This feature now makes it easier to get this effect where you want it without the need for using layers to achieve the result.
3. Adjustable Gradient
Formerly called Top & Bottom Tuning, this panel now includes highlights and shadows sliders. That means that you can easily adjust the highlights and shadows in just the sky or just the foreground. Before now, you had to use layers to create this effect in just part of the frame.
4. LUT mapping
You can now add colour profiles to your images in a similar way as Lightroom. This is an easy way to get a dramatic look and feel to your images.
Is it worth it?
The 2019 version of Aurora definitely has some great improvements. You can now get better results easier and quicker. However, I feel those results are possible to achieve in the 2018 version of the software – you just have to work a little harder for it.
If you are doing a lot of HDR, your workflow will be much faster with the 2019 version. Also, if you are not comfortable using layers, the 2019 version will be easier for you. But if you just bought the 2018 version and you are comfortable using layers to achieve the results you want, then you can probably get by with what you have for awhile longer.
Ready for Aurora 2019?
Get all the details and purchase Aurora HDR 2019 here. If you qualify for an upgrade, you will see the upgrade pricing.
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