Creating the Merged HDR Image

Aurora HDR™ support.

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If you have a series of bracketed photos, you can choose to merge these together for a photo with significantly more dynamic range.  The open dialog allows you to open your own images (and also includes a set of sample photos).  You can also choose to open a folder of images for Batch Processing (more on this later).

  1. First, launch Aurora HDR 2018.
  2. You can now open a supported file format using any of these methods.
    • At the startup screen, click the Open Image button to navigate to multiple files, select them, and open them.
    • Choose File > Open… to navigate to multiple files, select them, and open them.
    • You can also drag a series of photos directly onto the Aurora HDR 2018 application in the Mac OS Dock or Windows Taskbar.
  1. Your photos opens into a new window where you’ll need to make a few selections.
  2. Click the Settings icon (gear) to choose from three options that affect the opened file.
    • Ghost Reduction. Ghosting caused by subject movement (such as clouds blowing, trees swaying, or people moving). If there is a long time delay between your brackets, you may notice areas of high movement appear to have multiple copies of image details that overlap.  This option can remove these repeated details from your final photo.
    • Color Denoise. Turn this option On to remove lowlight color noise when merging brackets.  This option is only visible if opening a raw file.  It will also increase the processing time for the image due to the noise removal process.
    • Chromatic Aberration Removal. Use this option to remove purple or green fringe that can appear along the edges of an image (especially in areas of high contrast or backlight).
  3. Use the Alignment option if shooting handheld or if you think there might be slight camera movement between each shot.
  4. When ready, click Create HDR to merge the brackets together.

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