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Why HDR?

Well, it’s pretty simple really. While you can create pretty stunning images of any situation with just a single frame, today's DSLR’s have a pretty limited dynamic range for light to dark transitions. In most cases we’re limited to maybe 5 stops of light.

Meaning you can only pull so much information out of your bright lights and your dark darks before there’s just nothing there. For instance, using Trey Ratcliff's image “Fields of Gold New Zealand” we’ll show you the difference of using a single exposure with the “realistic” preset vs using all 3 bright and dark exposures.

First, we’ve got the single exposure.

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While this is still a great image, there’s a lot of detail and color missing in the shadows in the ground, and missing could detail from the sky. By adding in the other exposures and again, simply hitting the “realistic” preset, we get the following. 

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Notice just how much more colorful, detailed, and vibrant this image is? That is the beauty of multiple exposure HDR. The proprietary tone mapping algorithms of Aurora HDR 2017 means you can pull information from the full spectrum of your exposures using up to 14 different shots! for this example we’ve pulled information from images with a -3, -1 and +1 Exposure values.

To summarize, Aurora HDR 2017 gives you many, many tools and controls to make amazing images from a single shot. In fact, a lot of people will use the software in this manner and be perfectly satisfied. For a limited time, you can try Aurora HDR 2017 for free - using free Aurora HDR software trial version.

Using multiple photos however, shot at different exposure values, yields a much richer palette from which to work. A few reasons why you will get better results with multiple bracketed images:

  • A greater dynamic range allows Aurora HDR 2017 more creative versatility when editing photos
  • For photographers interested in realistic results, similar to what your eye can see, multiple exposures are needed to compensate for highlights and shadows in difficult lighting situations
  • Multiple exposures permit the maximum amount of detail to be revealed in highlights, shadows and mid-ranges of your photos

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