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Trinidad State Beach HDR

Last night, the Google Photos Assistant popped up this HDR made from bracketed shots from last year. Google Photos scans through the photos you’ve uploaded and looks for brackets with varying exposures (among other things) and automatically creates HDRs out of them. I don’t know why it waited a year and a half to process these—it’s all done on Google’s massive distributed network of servers, so maybe it just goes back and pokes through libraries looking for something to do when there are some spare cycles.

This version is cropped from the original, but otherwise… it’s not bad! It’s a bit noisy since the source images are moderate-resolution JPEGs (I don’t pay for additional Google Photos storage, so all the photos are uploaded and compressed automatically), but it’s still a nice shot.

Google Photos continues to impress, and it’s what I recommend as an online photo service in my book Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac.

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Aurorahdr2017 tone example

[Aurora HDR 2017 is now out! Pricing updated below.]

Macphun has announced the next version of Aurora HDR, and it looks like a great update! New features of Aurora HDR 2017 include:

  • Improved tone mapping
  • New tools, including an adjustable polarize filter and a radial masking tool
  • Batch processing
  • An updated interface

Take a look at the new features and sign up for Macphun updates that come up between now and the release. Pre-orders will kick off September 15, and the update will launch September 29.

A range of pricing will be available. From Macphun:

  • Current users of Aurora HDR Pro can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 at a special pre-order price of $49
  • Current users of the standard version of Aurora HDR can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 at a special pre-order upgrade price of $69
  • New customers can pre-order Aurora HDR 2017 for $89
  • Pre-order customers will also receive special bonuses that will be announced soon

[Update] Now that the application is out, the pricing is as follows:

  • Current users of Aurora HDR Pro can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 for $59
  • Current users of Aurora HDR can upgrade to Aurora HDR 2017 for $79
  • New customers can buy Aurora HDR 2017 for $99

Want to save some more? Use the coupon code PHOTOV17 to get 10% off Aurora HDR 2017, Creative Kit, and Macphun’s current selection of software.

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this release and updating my book to cover it!

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Seattle Skyline Dusk v2

The great folks at Macphun are currently including a short ebook I wrote for them with every Aurora HDR purchase: 10 Simple Steps to Make Amazing HDR Photos…but anyone can get it for free! It covers a few fundamentals, like tips for capturing good brackets in the first place, and points to features in Aurora HDR that give you more control over your HDR compositions.

If you already own my Aurora HDR Photoversity Guide, you likely know all the information in this new ebook (it also include several new photos by me)—but you could send it to a photo-loving friend who’s looking to bump up their HDR game. And if you don’t yet own the Photoversity guide, there’s a special offer at the end to get 40% off the guide.

To get it, go to the Aurora HDR Free Stuff page, enter your email address, and download the book (plus other goodies, too). Macphun designed the book to be read in the iBooks app on OS X or any iOS device. Take a look at some sample pages below:

Seattle Stadium Reflection

CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders, is reflected in a new glass building with cool, funky architecture. Smith Tower, which at one point was the tallest building west of the Mississippi, is at left.

Best viewed large. Captured using a Fujifilm X-T1. Processed in Lightroom and Aurora HDR.

(I wrote the book on Aurora HDR! See Photoversity.com.)

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Aurora HDR v1.1

That was quick: Just a couple weeks after the initial release, MacPhun has released Aurora HDR 1.1 and Aurora HDR Pro 1.1, which fine tunes many features and adds a few, too. Read all about it (and pick up a copy of my new book about Aurora HDR!) at the Photoversity blog.