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Aurora HDR 2018 Deep Dive

Rich Harrington

About this course

Learn how to use Aurora HDR 2018, the popular HDR photo editing software for Mac and Windows. In this course, Rich Harrington explores the world of HDR with Aurora HDR. To begin, Rich goes over basic HDR imaging concepts, including how to work with single raw files. He then steps through how to load bracketed photos, aligns source images, deghost HDR images, and develop your HDR files with filters. Plus, he shares advanced editing strategies—including how to fix lens and perspective issues—and explains how to save and export files. To wrap up the course, Rich shows how to use your newly-learned skills to tackle an assortment of challenges.

Topics include:

  • Working with brackets and single raw files
  • Loading images from Lightroom Classic
  • When to load raw and when to use preprocessed files
  • Preprocessing images
  • Retouching in Luminar
  • Enhancing color with the Color, Color Toning, and HSL filters
  • Removing noise from an HDR image
  • Working with adjustment layers and layer masks
  • Saving and exporting files

Curriculum2h 20m

  • Exercise Files
  • Welcome
  • What is HDR Imaging?
  • Working with Brackets
  • Working with Single Raw Files
  • Loading Bracketed Photos
  • Opening a Single Image from a Folder
  • Opening Bracketed Photos from a Folder
  • Loading Images from Lightroom Classic
  • Using Aurora HDR as a Photoshop Plugin
  • Using Aurora HDR as a Photos Plugin
  • When to Load RAW & When to Use Preprocessed Files
  • Preprocessing Images with Aurora HDR
  • Aligning Source Images
  • Removing Ghost Images with Deghosting
  • Reducing Chromatic Aberration
  • Retouching in Luminar
  • Developing Your HDR Files with Filters
  • Developing the Essentials with HDR Basic Filter
  • Enhancing Color with the Color, Color Toning, & HSL filters
  • Adding Details with the HDR Structure & HDR Details Boost Filters
  • Removing Noise from an HDR Image with the HDR Denoise Filter
  • Improving Presence with the HDR Radiance Filter
  • Enhancing Skies with Top & Bottom Tuning & the Polarizing Filters
  • Refining Exposure with the Tone Curve & Dodge & Burn Filters
  • Stylizing the Image with the Glow & Vignette Filters
  • Advanced Editing Strategies
  • Fixing Lens Issues
  • Fixing Perspective Issues
  • Blending an Original Image
  • Working with Adjustment Layers & Layer Masks
  • Cropping for Export
  • Saving & Exporting Files
  • Saving a Native File
  • Exporting Files
  • Sharing with System & Social Media Services
  • Batch Processing Files
  • Development Challenge
  • Challenge: Preserving Original Color & Applying Contrast
  • Solution: Preserving Original Color & Applying Contrast
  • Challenge: Creating a Feeling with an Image
  • Solution: Creating a Feeling with an Image
  • Challenge: Creating the Look of a Digital Painting
  • Solution: Creating the Look of a Digital Painting
  • Challenge: Help a Subject Stand Out from the Background
  • Solution: Help a Subject Stand Out from the Background
  • Wrap Up

About this course

Learn how to use Aurora HDR 2018, the popular HDR photo editing software for Mac and Windows. In this course, Rich Harrington explores the world of HDR with Aurora HDR. To begin, Rich goes over basic HDR imaging concepts, including how to work with single raw files. He then steps through how to load bracketed photos, aligns source images, deghost HDR images, and develop your HDR files with filters. Plus, he shares advanced editing strategies—including how to fix lens and perspective issues—and explains how to save and export files. To wrap up the course, Rich shows how to use your newly-learned skills to tackle an assortment of challenges.

Topics include:

  • Working with brackets and single raw files
  • Loading images from Lightroom Classic
  • When to load raw and when to use preprocessed files
  • Preprocessing images
  • Retouching in Luminar
  • Enhancing color with the Color, Color Toning, and HSL filters
  • Removing noise from an HDR image
  • Working with adjustment layers and layer masks
  • Saving and exporting files

Curriculum2h 20m

  • Exercise Files
  • Welcome
  • What is HDR Imaging?
  • Working with Brackets
  • Working with Single Raw Files
  • Loading Bracketed Photos
  • Opening a Single Image from a Folder
  • Opening Bracketed Photos from a Folder
  • Loading Images from Lightroom Classic
  • Using Aurora HDR as a Photoshop Plugin
  • Using Aurora HDR as a Photos Plugin
  • When to Load RAW & When to Use Preprocessed Files
  • Preprocessing Images with Aurora HDR
  • Aligning Source Images
  • Removing Ghost Images with Deghosting
  • Reducing Chromatic Aberration
  • Retouching in Luminar
  • Developing Your HDR Files with Filters
  • Developing the Essentials with HDR Basic Filter
  • Enhancing Color with the Color, Color Toning, & HSL filters
  • Adding Details with the HDR Structure & HDR Details Boost Filters
  • Removing Noise from an HDR Image with the HDR Denoise Filter
  • Improving Presence with the HDR Radiance Filter
  • Enhancing Skies with Top & Bottom Tuning & the Polarizing Filters
  • Refining Exposure with the Tone Curve & Dodge & Burn Filters
  • Stylizing the Image with the Glow & Vignette Filters
  • Advanced Editing Strategies
  • Fixing Lens Issues
  • Fixing Perspective Issues
  • Blending an Original Image
  • Working with Adjustment Layers & Layer Masks
  • Cropping for Export
  • Saving & Exporting Files
  • Saving a Native File
  • Exporting Files
  • Sharing with System & Social Media Services
  • Batch Processing Files
  • Development Challenge
  • Challenge: Preserving Original Color & Applying Contrast
  • Solution: Preserving Original Color & Applying Contrast
  • Challenge: Creating a Feeling with an Image
  • Solution: Creating a Feeling with an Image
  • Challenge: Creating the Look of a Digital Painting
  • Solution: Creating the Look of a Digital Painting
  • Challenge: Help a Subject Stand Out from the Background
  • Solution: Help a Subject Stand Out from the Background
  • Wrap Up