Yesterday I processed the above photographed and posted it on this blog. The image was created using 3 photos and merged into HDR. Today I thought I would show you comparisons of three different HDR programs I use, Lightroom Merge to HDR, HDR Pro in Photoshop and Aurora 2018.
These are the images I used. All I have done in Lightroom is to Transform them using the AUTO setting in the Develop Module as well as cropping the images to 16:9
Now for the comparisons, I have used the default settings of each program and have added ghost removal and Alignment.
HDR Pro in Photoshop
Nik Collection (Old Version)*
Settings (Average Used in Photomatix)
When it came to detail I found Aurora 2018 had better detail. As well as Aurora 2018 being a powerful piece of software when it came to Tone Mapping for HDR. However, the only downside I had, is this if I had tone mapped the image in Aurora and then back into Lightroom, I would have then had to send a copy of that image if I needed to work in Luminar.
That is the one downfall you can’t jump between Luminar and Aurora, 2018 like you can do with Photoshop by using filters, ON1 software or Topaz Studio using Topaz Plugins.
Who knows perhaps in the future Skylum could let their software interact together and give us the opportunity of jumping from Luminar to Aurora and vice versa without having to create separate images.
The only way I can see of doing it now… is to create your Aurora HDR and then put that file in Photoshop and using Luminar as a plug-in. Which is all well and good if you have Photoshop… but for those people who don’t have Photoshop, it just keeps taking up disc space by having to create individual images for each piece of Skylum software.
The same applies with the Old Nik Collection, by luck it worked in Lightroom Classic CC, but some people say it is rather hit or miss whether the old version works or not.
However, I will be using Aurora from now on to create my HDR images, even if I have to create the extra image to use Luminar 2018.
*On another note I haven’t tried the new Nik Collection from DxO as I had purchased the collection from Google, and refuse to purchase it again. So I wasn’t able to try out HDR Efex 2 by using the New Collection.
Post Updated to Include Photomatix
One of my readers noticed I hadn’t included Photomatix… well do you know what? I completely forgot I had this software. So I decided to do the for Photomatix. However with Photomatix once the image is merged you have various options for HDR Effect.. Details Enhancer, Tone Compressor, to name put a couple… so for the test I just used Average. And I still am of the opinion Photomatix was more intense.. it offered different HDR Merges as well as Presets. But I still have to say that Aurora is still my favourite for ease of use and range of its HDR capabilities.
Until next time… happy snapping!!!