Aurora HDR and Single Exposures
In the photo below I made use of one of Aurora’s many presets on a RAW file to bring out the detail and color and then jumped back into Lightroom for the Upright and crop tools. The whole process took me less than 5 minutes – and the only reason it took that long is because I took my time clicking through several presets to find the one I thought worked best for the photo!
Step 1 – Lightroom
Lightroom is my home base for everything photography, so that is where I will start. Since I wanted to edit the RAW file in Aurora HDR I right-clicked on my image, chose “Export” and “Open Original Images” under Aurora HDR. I chose to open the RAW file rather than a TIFF since I’m only using a single exposure and I want Aurora to have access to as much of the original data as possible.
Step 2 – Aurora HDR
Once the photo loaded in Aurora (super fast with a single exposure) I jumped to the presets panel and clicked around to find one that worked well for the image. I settled on the “Creative Drama” preset in the “Dramatic” category.
Step 3 – Lightroom
The first thing I did once I was back in Lightroom was click the “Remove Chromatic Aberration” checkbox in the “Lens Corrections” panel. Next I opened the “Transform” panel and clicked “Auto” to automatically straighten the image. From there I thought it needed a tiny bit more rotation so I opened the crop tool and made a small adjustment to the angle. Finally, I opened the “Effects” panel and added -11 to the Vignette.
The Finished Image
I’m pretty happy with the results! I can often spend hours processing a single photo so finishing this one up in only a few minutes was quite lovely! With Aurora HDR and Lightroom it was quick and easy to make the RAW file reflect the vision I had in my head when I captured the photo.
If you’d like to give Aurora HDR a try, now is a great time!
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