Meet the new version of the world's best-selling HDR photo editor for Mac.
Natural or Extreme HDR - Aurora HDR is the tool of choice of professional & semi-professional photographers around the world.

Aurora HDR 2018 brings the beauty of HDR photography right to your fingertips.
It is the most advanced HDR photo editor ever created –– et the easiest-to-use software of its kind.o you can start creating fantastic photos immediately.

Aurora HDR is made in partnership with Trey Ratcliff - the world’s most popular HDR photographer.

NEW - HDR Enhancer.
Bring up the beauty of your images with a single slider. The new “HDR Enhancer” is powered by Artificial Intelligence and will dramatically improve any of your photos (without the need for dozens of other adjusters).

NEW - The most powerful tone-mapping engine.
Thanks to the new algorithm, you’ll get sharp natural results automatically without having to use additional controls or waste time waiting for the image to be processed.

NEW - Lens Correction, Image Radiance & Dodge & Burn.
Two new fantastic tools to help you fix and enhance your HDR photos without extra effort.

NEW - HDR Structure.
The new and improved Structure tool will help you create more realistic images, with even finer levels of control than before.


The new Aurora HDR 2018 is at least 50% faster in comparison with the previous version. So you'll create even more amazing HDR photos in a shorter period of time.

The new Aurora HDR brings presets developed exclusively by Trey Ratcliff, Captain Kimo, and Serge Ramelli (along with presets from other pro photographers). These presets give you instant results and feature special categories for different types of photos.

Save time and quickly make your photos great. Aurora HDR automatically groups your brackets, applies the effects / settings you choose and produces fantastic results. Simply pick the photos and let Aurora do the rest.

Layers give you the ultimate freedom to make photos look exactly the way you want them to. Apply new layers, add textures, selectively edit photos based on luminosity zone and much more.

Instantly and dramatically enhance the sky, make colors more vivid and flawlessly remove unnecessary glare in your photos. Want to give it a try? Move the slider on the right to witness incredible changes.

The noise reduction in Aurora HDR has been dramatically improved. Our new smart technology will automatically remove low-light color noise while merging the brackets or creating HDR from a single shot.

Quickly make striking improvements to your image with this redesigned tool that gives you complete flexibility and control over exposure, contrast, vibrance and more.

Even though the most impressive HDR photos come from merging multiple exposure brackets, the special image processing algorithm was designed to handle single images equally well. Load your TIFF, JPEG, PNG or a single RAW and let Aurora HDR do its magic.

Aurora HDR is the world's most complete HDR photography software, so it truly has everything photographers may need for their HDR post-processing. There are over 100 different tools and features. And the best part –– is that they don’t don't require special learning. You'll be up and running in minutes.

What's New

Version 1.2.0

IMPROVED Faster opening of RAW-files. You can now open raw files much faster thanks to improvements in our RAW engine. This means a faster initial merge and an overall speed boost.
IMPROVED Batch Processing. You can now export to several file formats including new options for PDF and JPEG-2000.
IMPROVED Preset Management. You can now install new Aurora HDR presets by merely dragging and dropping them on the App icon in the Dock.
IMPROVED Language Support. Better support of German and Japanese localizations.
NEW Loupedeck Support. If you own a Loupedeck control surface, you can use it to edit right inside Aurora HDR. Use physical controls for a hands-on approach to image editing.
This recent update supports the following new cameras:
Canon EOS 3000D / Canon Rebel T100 / Canon EOS 4000D
FujiFilm X-H1
FujiFilm X-A20
FujiFilm X-A5
FujiFilm X-E3,
Olympus E-PL9
Panasonic DC-GF10 / Panasonic DC-GF90
Panasonic DC-GX9 / Panasonic DC-GX7MK3
Panasonic DC-TZ200 / Panasonic DC-ZS200 / Panasonic DC-TZ202 / Panasonic DC-TZ220 / Panasonic DC-ZS220 / Panasonic DC-TX2
PhaseOne IQ3 100MP Trichromatic
Sony A7 III

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
29 Ratings
29 Ratings

The new Aurora got so much better

I’m not a pro photographer, just taking my first steps, and I love shooting both brackets and single images.
I also have the previous version of Aurora HDR, and I have to tell that the 2018 version is so much better. I love the new UI, it looks clean and the overall look improved like 10 times. It got significantly faster (I own a MacBook Air 2015), the tonemapping works magic as a first batch of enhancements, then I usually use presets as a startng point. More often than not, that’s basically all that I do, but I also learn a lot and play around with new filters and everything.
I like how it works with RAW files, of course some take longer to process than other, but I can totally live with that, as I don’t have tons of images to process all the time, so it works great for me.
I’m not a big fan of crazy HDR, so I really like how presets, Structure and Enhance filter work together to create very beautiful, yet normal looking images.
All in all, I love the product, though really have to learn more about its capabilities, as I’m pretty sure I’m using it on 50% of its potential.


A bit pricy, but I can see myself using this a lot

In the past, it seems like I always had to have at least 3 photos with different exposures to use HDR apps, and who remembers that when they get back home from vacation that they might want to do that? This app takes an exisiting single photo and creates what it needs to have some pretty decent HDR results.

I am not a huge fan of “extreme HDR” and this give you options for “realistic” among it many thumbnail presets. I also love that I could tweak every possible setting (including for both the top and the bottom) of images to create my own HDR — with the heavy lifting already done — and with very pleasing results.

I also love that it integrates with Adobe Photoshop (my go-to photo editing app), which provides tools to add titles, crop, etc.

I did find that high quality photos (I used some from a Panasonic Lumix micro 4/3) work much better than low-light iPhone versions, which emphasize every pixel you didn’t see before. However, if you have good, daylight, iPhone photos, they work fine (you’ll want to have at least an iPhone 6 and later).

It crashed just once — when it asked if I wanted to rate it, when I agreed, and upon arriving at the web version of the App Store :)

Developer Response

We are very happy to receive your positive feedback! Thank you so much for telling people what a great app Aurora HDR 2018 is.


It can’t do Batch Processing like it says it can. Useless for time lapses

I baught this program spicifically because it does batch processing. I do a lot of time lapse photography and saw that maybe this could be a great alternitive to Photomatix and Light Room. However I was wrong. I purchased both Affinity and Aurora HDR and both can’t Batch photos. When you run the batch it doesnt look anything Like the origanal photo. I contacted the developers and they said they were aware of the problem and will let their designers know about it. If they are aware of the problem, why even say how this new version has batch processing? Missing a few steps from the final image is huge when it comes to time lapse photography and batching 1000 plus photos. I want each photo to have the exact same contrast applied, clarity, color, levels, etc. Very Disapointed. If you want to do batch processing I’d advise using something else.

Developer Response

That's weird. Would you be so kind to drop me a message at I want to investigate this issue. Thanks in advance!


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