A Fresh Take with Aurora HDR 2017 and Luminar

Since I haven’t been out to shoot much lately, I thought I’d take a look back at my captures thus far in 2016.

I stumbled across a photograph from the Great Bridge Battlefield Park – a 3-exposure handheld HDR that I’d originally processed in Aurora HDR (the original version) along with some help from Lightroom and Photoshop. I really liked it at the time, but admittedly it came out a bit too HDR-ish. Take a look at my original processing here. It is the last photo in the post.

I decided to reprocess it with Aurora HDR 2017 and add my stylistic touches with Luminar (read my review of Luminar here).

Walkway at the Great Bridge Battlefield Park | Chesapeake, VA

Aurora HDR 2017 and Luminar Workflow

My process was quite simple. First I exported the RAW files from Lightroom to Aurora HDR 2017 (learn why I export the RAW files and not TIFFs here). In Aurora I enabled alignment, chromatic aberration removal, and color denoise. I also enabled low ghost reduction using the ‘0’ EV image.

Next, I clicked on the reset settings button (just to be sure), lowered the “HDR Look” slider, then applied the changes and returned to Lightroom.

To finish the photo, I jumped from Lightroom to Luminar with a TIFF and made a few stylistic enhancements to the color and detail, added a vignette, and a subtle glow.

That’s it! I think this version is a huge improvement. What do you think?

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