Aurora HDR 2019: Elevating Resort & Real Estate Photography to New Heights

CEO Khai Intela
When it comes to HDR software, I used to have my reservations. The excessive effects and saturation often left images looking overcooked, and the selection algorithms created noticeable halos around horizons and skylines. However, as...

When it comes to HDR software, I used to have my reservations. The excessive effects and saturation often left images looking overcooked, and the selection algorithms created noticeable halos around horizons and skylines. However, as technology advanced, so did the capabilities of HDR software. One particular software that impressed me was Aurora HDR, developed by Skylum (formerly Macphun). With each new version, the images became more realistic and the processing more intuitive.

The latest release, Aurora HDR 2019, has taken things to a whole new level. It's almost like finding photographic nirvana. Let me tell you about its dynamic range capabilities for resort and real estate photography.

Capturing the Essence of Resorts

Resort photography is all about showcasing the amenities and ambiance of a property. However, in some cases, the view from the window is just as important. This is especially true in places like Sedona, Arizona, where the stunning landscape adds tremendous value to the property.

To capture this range in density from the interior to the exterior, bracketing images is crucial. In the past, this process was a major hassle, often requiring manual selections and adjustments to deal with light blooming around windows. With Aurora HDR 2019, it has become much easier to assemble bracketed frames and achieve a seamless result.

Adobe Bridge screenshot of images selected for processing in Aurora HDR 2019 Adobe Bridge screenshot of images selected for processing in Aurora HDR 2019

Fine-tuning with Precision

Even with initial processing, there may be a need to selectively adjust certain areas of the image. Aurora HDR 2019 provides a powerful tool called Layers and masks for this purpose. Let me give you an example.

Suppose you want to enhance the landscape without affecting the interior. By creating an Adjustment Layer and masking the windows, you can make targeted changes outside the room. And here's a neat trick: when using the Adjustment Brush, marking a straight line is as easy as making two points while holding the shift key. No more struggling with uneven lines!

Mask in the software with visibility turned on for localized adjustment in the window area Mask in the software with visibility turned on for localized adjustment in the window area

Achieving the Perfect Atmosphere

Creating an inviting and warm tone for a room is often desired in real estate marketing. However, applying a global adjustment can unintentionally affect the sheets, giving them the same warm cast. But fear not! Aurora HDR 2019 has a solution in the form of Adjustment Layers.

By adjusting the white balance towards the blue end of the scale, you can achieve the desired atmosphere without compromising the appearance of the sheets. Additionally, the software comes with a range of Looks (presets) that can provide a starting point for color and effects, which can be further customized and saved as your own unique Look.

Aurora HDR 2019 workspace with a mask on sheets Aurora HDR 2019 workspace with a mask on sheets

The Finishing Touches

After making all the necessary adjustments in Aurora HDR 2019, a quick trip to Adobe Photoshop may be required for some final touch-ups. This could involve removing reflections in the windows or smoothing out any wrinkles on the bed, ensuring the final image is flawless.

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Save and Resume your Work

One of the standout features of Aurora HDR 2019 is the ability to save your work as an mpuar2 file. This file not only includes all your source images but also records the complete history of every step you have taken in editing the image. This makes it easy to revisit and refine your work at any time.

Don't Miss Out on Savings

If you're ready to take your resort and real estate photography to new heights, now is the perfect time to invest in Aurora HDR 2019. Skylum Software is currently offering exclusive savings on this incredible software. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your photography and create captivating images.

Yours in Creative Photography,

Bob

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