Aurora HDR 2017 Software For Mac

Aurora HDR 2017 Software For Mac

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Aurora HDR 2017™  combines everything the world knows about high dynamic range photography, and takes it light years further. It is faster, more powerful and more feature-rich
than any other HDR Software. Aurora HDR offers a completely new photo editing experience.  With Aurora HDR that you will be able to find in him a complete and detailed software to get the desired look to your images. I recommend this HDR software to beginners to reach awesome results with an easy and complete software. The software is also directed towards the more advanced user, its versatility allows to achieve results similar to advanced photo editing techniques

Aurora HDR promises simple and easy to understand interface, which you can use without necessarily having the hassle to study more complicated and complex programs.
The application can be used on its own, independently, or as a plugin for Photoshop software, Lightroom and Aperture, as well as to have enough choice both for those without other most popular programs, and for those who want to have something more to this type of specific style.

There is a smaller version in the App Store, or directly to the full version, able to use RAW files, and have, among other options, even the specific signature of Trey Ratcliff + Bonuses.


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Giuseppe Sapori - The Middle

Giuseppe Sapori - The Awake


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Tutorial: Bracketed Landscape with Focus Stacking

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The technique of the Focus Stacking consists in taking a series of pictures gradually changing the focus between the one and the other; being processed will join the shots, taking advantage of each image only those parts that appear to be in focus. In landscape photography the main rule is to focus all the elements of the foreground and take some exposure for the sky or highlights.

When i was at the lake in Campo Imperatore I shot a large number of exposures to focus on all the rocks it was, sky and mountain. When I go home indeed I realized that I really need only one of the exposures for the foreground, and only one of exposures for the mountain, focus stack all the rocks one by one in this case was not so necessary, cause the focus was pratically the same for each rock. I did not think about it 🙂

So in this tutorial I will show you how to apply focus stacking in a foregrounded landscape using Bracketing mode and how I use other exposures for my final image.


Shooting and preparing the images

I took a series of exposures bracketed images ( -1 , 0, +1 ) for the rocks in the foreground and an additional bracketed series of shots focusing the mountain set on ∞  ( -1 , 0 + 1 ).

Added to this, there is another shot that I took in the late evening to replace the mountain covered by clouds. For a total of 7 exposures.



I take all the shots using tripod, ISO 100 and f/11

Below all the steps I do that show you  how to focus stack and how to make a blend with additional exposure


Stacking and Auto Blending

1. Launch Lightroom and select all the stack images.

2. Right Click on the images selected. Develop settings>Sync Settings

3. Adjust for all the stacked images,  distortion,  white balance, contrast ecc…

4. Right Click again and select Edit In > Open as Layers in Photoshop

5. Select all the layers and Go to Edit>Auto-Align Layers, with settings as follow:

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6.  Regroup layers by exposure.

For a 2 series of bracketing (-1; 0 +1) x 2 I had 2 overexposed, 2 correct and 2 underexposed images.

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7. Highlight images by group and blend them, Edit>Auto-Blend Layer like below:

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Photoshop will blend the highlighted images creating a layer mask for each image, to show in white the sharp and in black the hidden areas. Select this layers and merge them.


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Theese three images are now a “Bracketed Focus Stacked Series”, you can now edit them with Photoshop as you do with a normal bracketing series.  I usually edit theese shots using Luminance Masks to select all the brights and shadows I need without affecting the entire picture in order to create a final quality image.


Exposure Blend

Remember the seventh exposure that I said at the beginning? I’ve taken it just before leaving the location, cause I had seen that the mountain began to discover from the clouds. In that picture I had masked only this part of the mountain without affecting the sky.

1. Put the new layer at the top, and auto align again with Edit>Auto-Align Layers

2. Create layer mask and click (Ctrl+I; PC) or (Cmd+I MAC) to invert it

3. Select now a white brush and paint in the areas of the sky that you want to blend in

4. Press( Ctrl+E; PC) or (Cmd+E; MAC) to merge layers

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The final question is “How many images do I need, and where should they be focused?”

The answer depends on what your scene looks like and what effect you’re trying to achieve.

At a minimum, you need to have each scene element you need be sharp, at least one (or a series of bracketing shots)

Sometimes you can do that by focusing specifically on each element you care about. For example in presence of many close-up elements in the foreground, ( leafs, flowers and other things that wind can move). In this case take many exposure as for the element you need.




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Giuseppe Sapori - Vitaleta 2

Second shot that I took to the chapel of Vitaleta in Val d’Orcia. Basically as you can see it is the same picture of the previous post but on the other side of the angle 😀
In the middle of such beautiful green fields I could not show you the other side of that view.

I advice  to all  to go visit the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, I personally fall in love for this places


Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 100 at f/4,5

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

Software: Photoshop CC

HDR Before/After – Vitaleta

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I love the isolated places like this… the choice of the scene in peace to wait for the right moment to shoot. In those moments you think only at the spend of time without worrying about other things as often happens in cities with traffic cars and especially tourists 😀

I made this HDR with  five exposures with a gap of 1 (-2, -1, 0 + 1, +2). Then I merged the images with Photoshop CC with the function “Merge to HDR Pro”. I have to say that I was in doubt whether to use this function or flatten individual as I usually only using layer masks, but for this picture the HDR Pro function was very satisfactory so i kept this version. The rest of the interventions were all made using Camera Raw and masking the effect in the desired areas. I work particularly  in  lights and colors effects, some detail has been added on the buildings and on the turf, as a final touch, I created a small vignette to give more depth to the image.




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Giuseppe Sapori - Vitaleta

Before going to Val d’Orcia – Tuscany, Italy – I read about the main places to visit in the area. I really was impressed by a picture that portrayed a little chapel in the green beautiful valley of Val d’Orcia. So after a brief search, I came to find out that this is the Chapel is of the Madonna of Vitaleta near San Quirico. Going  in this place for me was obviously a must,  the chapel was not simply to reach because the road leading to the path of the church was closed by a gate, but after a good walk through the desert fields I reached my destination. What you see in this picture is the chapel of Vitaleta nestled in a splendor of sunset in the heart of the Tuscany Val d’Orcia, surely one of the most evocative images of those I have portrayed in those days. Now you just have to imagine to be here…


Camera: Nikon D-800

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2,8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 100 at f/4,5

Five Exposures (-2; -1; 0; +1; +2)

Software: Photoshop CC

The Alpine Evening

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Giuseppe Sapori - The alpine

Highly successful Startrail taken from Bassano del Grappa, the bridge from where I took the photo is the famous bridge of the Alpines (Ponte degli Alpini). This is one of the most famous bridges in Italy, built entirely of wood with a beautiful story of songs, conquests and reconstructions. The river that passes under instead is the Brenta river, which passes through many places that are located around the province of Padova and Vicenza.

Let’s talk about photograph, I realized the image of Bassano del Grappa with two series of shots, the first one to capture the exposure of the lower part of the picture, buildings and river, the second one to capture the sky and the stars. Withe the exposures taken i put togheder the two series of shot simply using the layer maks in Photoshop.



Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 400 at f/2,8

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1) + Exposures for Startrail

Software: Photoshop CC

HDR 32 bit

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What is HDR 32 bit? It’s a different method of processing and merge the brackets exposures. You know that you can reach a good results with Photomatix that use the tonemap method. Tonemapping usually use 16 bit mode, this really boils down to is the volume of information that is stored within a file. Tonemapping can create a cool HDR effect but when using this method

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St. Sabina

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This is the inside of the Basilica of Santa Sabina on the Aventino hill. It is considered one of the most beautiful churches of Rome, located on the top of Aventino hill of Rome certainly more fascinating of all.  Read more...It ‘a very old church and not particularly worked, but to appreciate the perfection and precision of its forms. Taking this photo was not at all easy, first because I had absolutely exploit sunlight that seeped from the large windows to avoid the whole church too dark then, as always, I had to wait for the long lines of tourists all day and all hours are in this church. After a few minutes and a few tips I could work…
For the realization of the final image I use HDR 32-bit technique so then I merged it with part of the exposures made to take advantage of all the available dynamic range.


Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 200 at f/5,6

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

Software: Photoshop CC

Coloured Fantasy

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Giuseppe Sapori - Coloured Fantasy

Cilento is a beautiful place in the south of Salerno, every year, during the summer holidays, I decided to spend a few days around here to visit some my parents, and to take some pictures. The view of the mountains to the sea is the feature of this place, this is  Read more...among one of the most famous Cilento’s location to take panoramas landscape. To make this picture, I went in a place not far from the house of my parents called Villammare. Before entering the village there is a small street where you can admire the landscape in all its splendor and a little later, the stairs that lead down to the beach, where at a certain hour of sunset is no longer anyone,  only some fishermans. This was taken from the steps taking all exposures by hand (there was no room on the stairs to keep the tripod) 😀



Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 100 at f/5

Three Exposures (-1; 0; +1)

Software: Photoshop CC

Golden Darkness

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Giuseppe Sapori - Golden Darkness


In this picture we are the whole of the Basilica of St.Antonio into the heart of Sorrento. From the outside this looks like an ordinary church building, outside it is not too obvious about the typical shape of the churches, but inside as well as being beautiful and also reports of considerable lighst shows. I come inside the church for curiosity before dinner time, the church was open and magically there was not even a tourist, so I took advantage of the moment where there was no one, unfortunately, as I said I was going to dinner and I had no tripod with me so I made all from a single exposure, but I think it gave its excellent results the same 🙂


Lens: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (Shot at 14mm)

ISO: 250 at f/2,8

Single Exposure

Software: Photoshop CC

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