Software from MacPhun (now Skylum)

The holidays are fabulous as software companies roll out deals for Christmas and the holiday season. I have been playing the software from MacPhun for a while. It was only MAC-based, and they have now made the software available for Windows PCs as well. This is excellent news for those who were using NIK filters as the people who designed initially that software formed to create some new software that can help creatives get their vision out of their heads and into their imagery.

The first software I want to share with you is Aurora HDR 2018. This is the first HDR software that I found to be able to give me reliable results in density over the image without that ‘HDR!!’ look. Very clean and easy to use with a WYSIWYG system. Here’s an example.

raw capture of hdr sequence bob coates photographyRAW files capture sequence

bob coates photography sedona red rocksProcessed in Aurora HDR 2018 software from images above.

I like how I can add life and dynamic range to the photo without dialing in HDR noise and artifacts that seemed to be prevalent in other HDR software processing programs. And, no hoops to jump through.


AURORA HDR 2018 Special Offer

Aurora HDR is not just a tool for merging bracketed images; it also provides numerous tools and countless options to create perfect HDR photos for every taste – from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction, and robust luminosity masking controls. It was named as the Best Mac App of 2017 by Apple.

Offer Availability: The Aurora HDR Special offer is already live and continues until December 31.

  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a Special price of $39 ($29 using my coupon code COATES)

  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $79 ($69 with my coupon code COATES)

  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.


  • Deep Dive video tutorial from Trey Ratcliff

  • “How to create realistic HDR images” Ebook

  • 2 Preset Packs – 40 presets! Preset Pack 1 – Winter Vibes. Preset Pack 2 – Wonderland.

Yours In Creative Photography,     Bob

PS – There’s a deal on Luminar I’ll outline tomorrow!