Create Great HDR Photos with Expert Assistance in Jeff Carlson’s “Aurora HDR and Aurora HDR Professional: A Photoversity Guide”

(November 23, 2015) To celebrate the release of Macphun’s new Aurora HDR Professional application for the Mac, Photoversity is excited to announce a brand new ebook about the HDR editing software, Aurora HDR and Aurora HDR Professional: A Photoversity Guide, written by best-selling author and photographer Jeff Carlson.

Aurora HDR and Aurora HDR Professional: A Photoversity Guide is available immediately at for the launch price of $9, which is 25 percent off the retail price of $12. 

“For years when I’ve been out photographing landscapes,” says Carlson, “I’ve dutifully shot bracketed exposures: three or more images that represent light, dark, and balanced views of a scene. The advantage of brackets is to combine them later into a single HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo that includes more detail than what a camera sensor by itself can capture.

“Making good HDR images, however, has traditionally been a dark art involving several steps and multiple applications, so most of those brackets in my library have remained untouched.

“Now, I can’t wait to go back through and process them, thanks to the new application by Macphun and HDR expert Trey Ratcliff. In fact, I was so inspired by this new professional tool that I wrote and published the book about it during the two weeks between its announcement and release!”

This 53-page ebook starts with techniques for making high-quality original photos and then dives straight into using Aurora HDR and Aurora HDR Professional to turn them into HDR images. The full-color PDF covers the software’s comprehensive suite of image editing and HDR adjustment controls, using presets (and saving and sharing your own), and then moves into working with layers and masks for even more control over the final photo. Aurora HDR Professional works as a stand-alone application—no Photoshop needed—or, if you manage your photo library in Adobe Lightroom, also exists as a plug-in for round-trip editing.

For more information about the book, visit, which includes sample pages and HDR example photos created during the production of the book.

About Jeff Carlson

Author, photographer, and late-nighter Jeff Carlson has published dozens of books and hundreds of articles about technology and photography. He’s a columnist for The Seattle Times, a contributing editor at, and contributes regularly to publications such as Macworld and iMore. He is the author of the recent books Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac, Second Edition; Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course; Photos for OS X and iOS; The iPad for Photographers, Third Edition; and many other titles. He believes there’s never enough coffee, and does his best to test that theory.

Follow Jeff Carlson at, @jeffcarlson (Twitter and Instagram).


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