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How to Finish Your Wild Animal Photos With Tone Mapping

Funny thing about animals is they move around, a lot. So a technique like HDR, which requires several images that are nearly identical in everything but exposure values, is usually not an option for wildlife photographers. Often thought of as mainly a tool for landscape and architecture photography, High Dynamic Range photography captures a series of shots at multiple exposures to provide detail in both highlights and shadows a camera cannot capture in one frame. But, in the case of a running horse or flying bird, even at high shutter speeds and frame rates there will be large differences in their position from frame to frame. This makes multiple exposure HDR pretty impractical, if not nearly impossible, for wildlife and other action photography.

While the multi-shot HDR technique may not work well for high-speed creatures, software like Aurora HDR is a useful tool to put the finishing touches on your wildlife photos. Instead of capturing a series of shots at multiple exposures as you would for landscapes, you use a single shot in a process called “tone mapping”. This is a fast and easy way I use Aurora HDR to Tone Map a single image and add some extra pop and punch to wild animal images.

How to Remove Noise with a Luminosity Layer in Aurora HDR 2018

HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing of your photos by its nature can result in a lot of noise or graininess in your final image. While Macphun’s new Aurora HDR 2018 for PC’s does a great job overall reducing noise, there are still times when noisy areas appear in your processed HDR. This can be caused by many reasons, but most commonly it’s due to your settings in camera (such as shooting at too high of an ISO) or any image processing you have done to your images before merging them in Aurora (such as exposure adjustments). Regardless of the cause, you can remove most of this noise by using a “Luminosity Layer”. This technique saves a lot of time, giving you consistently good-looking results, quickly.  

15 Free Presets for Macphun Luminar

Have you tried Luminar yet?  It’s a great app for developing photos with a stylized look (here’s our detailed review).  We like it so much that we’ve put together a

Macphun Tip: The Orton Effect

If you’re working with Macphun’s Luminar be sure to try out the Orton Effect.  This filter allows enhancements to an image that includes glow and focus which produces photos that are sharp

Macphun Tip: Adding Textures to Photos

A great way to stylize your images with Macphun’s Luminar is to use a texture layer.  This option lets you place a custom image or texture above your photo.  It can then be blended

Macphun Tip: Creating a Custom Workspace

One of the coolest things about Macphun’s Luminar is the ability to customize the layout of the application.  Have a favorite set of tools? No problem you can create your

Macphun Tip: Master Luminar Adjustment Layers

Are you looking for an easier way to take control in Luminar from Macphun?  Well the answer is simple… Adjustment Layers.  Rather than putting all your adjustments on the original