Aurora HDR 2018 is an efficient and accessible software and it’s now completely free. If you want to approach HDR photos in a fun way, this is the photo editing application for you. It has enough settings to allow you to work accurately on images.


This is not the latest version of the software, but the one released in 2018. However, it is a good beginning to entry into the field of High Dynamic Range, before opting for a more recent version.

As a reminder, the HDR technique consists of merging several shots of the same scene in order to overcome the limitations of the dynamic range of camera sensors. Like this, it gets closer to what the human eye can see. Software like Aurora HDR by Skylum is designed specifically for this process and all of the adjustments that follow. Note that the software can be used as a plug-in for Photoshop and Lightroom.

The interface has been redesigned, refined, now integrating the history of interventions and becoming compatible with the Touch Bar of MacBooks and Loupedeck. General tools are available.

In addition to a great speed, the publisher claims an improved Raw converter in the rendering of details in shadows and highlights, noise reduction, colorimetric precision and DNG processing.

Jacques Julien

French photographer based in Paris specialised in black and white photographs, animal photos, architecture, portraits.