3 Feb

Should You Use Lightroom for HDR Editing?

It’s no secret that Adobe Lightroom is one of the most widely used RAW image editors out there. It is great for all types of photography, ranging from portraits to landscapes and architecture. It allows users to extensively tweak settings related to exposure, white balance, sharpness, clarity, color balance, and much more.

Lightroom can also be used to create HDR photos very easily. However, many users wonder why they should or shouldn’t use Lightroom for this purpose.

Use Lightroom for:

  • Quickly creating HDR photos within the same window where you’re editing your RAW exposures.
  • Easy to use interface, and not having to learn to use a whole new program.
  • More casual HDR needs as it can’t fully compete with dedicated HDR editors.
  • Having great integration with Photoshop if you like to edit your images further as well.

Use a Dedicated Editor for:

  • Much more features and tools to truly let you edit your HDR photos.
  • Great, natural looking results that you can control at every stage of the editing process.
  • Excellent, useful presets that allow for quick editing or act as a starting point for more extensive editing.
  • A lower price than Lightroom since they focus more on HDR editing than anything else.

As you can see, there are distinct advantages to using a dedicated HDR editor than relying on Lightroom for the same work. Lightroom is great if you want to stay within the same program, but there are HDR editors that provide Lightroom plugins as well so that may be a win-win situation for you.

A couple of excellent HDR editors are AuroraHDR 2018 and Photomatix Pro. You can use both to great effect and they both provide a very wide array of editing tools and features, as well as boasting a very simple and user-friendly interface. You can find them at www.aurorahdr.com and www.hdrsoft.com respectively.


21 Dec

The Best Desktop Image Editors

Image editing software can be found in innumerous quantities on the internet. A simple Google search for image editors will make it clear how many there actually are. This can baffle anyone who is new to photo editing, which is why we have shortlisted some of the best ones available in their respective categories for all of you.

For RAW Editing

There’s a reason so many professional photographers prefer to shoot in RAW. This format allows them to edit their photo’s look in post-processing without causing any damage to the image quality.

The most famous program in this category is Adobe Lightroom. Combining a number of advanced editing tools with a clean interface, Lightroom is a great all-around solution for RAW editing.

We also like Capture One Pro a lot. This is a direct competitor to Lightroom, and subjectively has better image quality than Lightroom. The interface, however, takes a little time to get used to and the cataloging system isn’t as robust as Lightroom’s.

For Quick Editing

Sometimes all one wants is an editor that allows for quick fixes to basic exposure and color issues. Microsoft’s Photos is great for these little edits. It has a number of filters that one can use as well as more granular control over the brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows, color temperature, and clarity.

Other notable contenders are Fotor and Pixlr. Both have online versions that don’t need to be downloaded and have a vast array of filters and tools to help you add a little more punch to your photos.

For HDR Editing

HDR photography is the process of merging different exposure brackets of the same scene to get a much more editable photo as far as the highlights and shadows are concerned. This is great for scenes with tough natural lighting or when you just can’t get enough detail in the sky or in the shadows.

The best all-around HDR editor you can use today is Aurora HDR. It combines complex editing tools and controls with a very easy to use and intuitive interface. It’s also not very expensive if you’re into HDR photography. It can be used either as a standalone program or as a plugin for other editors like Photoshop.

Other capable HDR editors include Photomatix Pro and EasyHDR. The former is a direct competitor to Aurora HDR so you can expect advanced controls and great quality. The latter, however, is designed to make the jump to HDR photography easier for beginners. It has a simple interface with many presets to help make your HDR editing easier.

 

 


5 Dec

3 in 1 Editing Software that does it all

As computer savvy individuals, we always found wanting for an image, music or video edit. We seek the services of software or web APIs for this, all the time. There are several software and web applications that do these. However, there are not many software that does all three edits. Majority of these software exclusively work for either image, or music or video edits. What if there is software that can do it all? What if the software does it 100% locally without requiring an internet connection? That is exactly what our software does. It brings the trifecta of media operations under single banner.

Image editing

The software does the entire set of image edits. You can generate your own gifs with a set of pictures. You can crop pictures for profiles and avatars. You can add captions on your images. Create round corners for your pictures seamlessly. Extensive features include merging multiple photos, adding overlays, borders and more. Additionally, you can create a collage with your set of images.

Audio editing

As for audio edits, you can make cut songs. You can vary the pace of your tracks. It helps bypass copyright violations when you add tracks to your YouTube video. Our software best serves you on social sharing. You can amplify and work on noise reduction. You can create cool audio effects such as echo. You can convert your audio files between formats such as wma, gsm, real audio, mp3, vox, flac and more…

Video editing

We present a powerhouse engine for video editing. You can cut certain portion of the videos. You can change tracks that play for the video. You can insert your pictures in the video as well as create thumbnails for your file. You can do scrolling watermarks, labels, intros and much more such stuff.