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The best HDR software Aurora 2018 is here for Windows Users!

August 11, 2019

– Bonjour, Madames et Monsieurs! In this video, I’m gonna talk to you about Aurora that just
came out for Windows. (upbeat music) Bonjour, my name is Serge Ramelli. I’m a French photographer from the amazing city of Paris, France, living in Los Angeles, California. And I want to talk to
you about Aurora HDR. Today is the day when it’s
coming out for Windows. Thousands of people have been waiting for it, and there it is. You can purchase it at a
special price under this video, but let me show you some of the new stuff of Aurora HDR 2018. So, Aurora HDR 2018 is
here, and I love it. It’s so much faster, it’s Windows and Mac, and they added a few cool
stuff, let me show you. This is photos I just took
last week from Yosemite. That’s a bracketed shot, so normal, under, and over-exposed. I’m gonna right click, select,
export, to Aurora 2018. I’m gonna use the option
of Open Original Image because I want to do the
entire Aurora treat , and I’m only using Lightroom
to send the photos. See, boom, it’s really fast. I have to click on Alignment because remember, I was by hand. I love their new user
interface, it’s much faster, it’s much cleaner, I love
it, I love it, I love it. So, when you start off, I
advise you can click here on Categories, just to
get a sense of around. You see here, there’s a little button. When you click on it, you see
or you don’t see the presets. Okay, I like to work with presets, and here, it takes out the settings. So, you can click here, and
you’ve got a whole bunch of folders, Basic, Architecture, Indoor, Landscape,
Realistic HDR, Dramatic, Captain Kimo preset, and
Serge Ramelli preset. Why, let’s use the Serge Ramelli preset. So, on this one, I’m gonna start out with the PhotoSerge Basic, which is my first basic preset. But let me show you a few of the new options that I really like. First of all, there is the HDR enhance, which I really like. So, on this one, let me just
open the shadows a little bit so that we can see a little bit more, you know, what’s inside. Remember, we were working with three raw files from a Sony A7R II. It’s, you know, each file
is huge, so it has to get the information for
all the three raw files. But check this out, they have a new option called HDR enhance. It’s like clarity, but
it’s kinda nice, you know, but this type of thing, I
don’t like it on the clouds. I like it on the rocks. But as you know, or if you don’t know, Aurora is layer-based, so
I usually do, you know, one basic look here on the basic preset. I think I’m gonna use PhotoSerge Bright. I think this one’s gonna
work better for that photo cause it’s PhotoSerge Basic. So, you can just click, and
it’s gonna reset all that. So, that’s PhotoSerge Basic. Okay, this one then, I’m
gonna lower the highlights so I can see what’s going on
in the sky, open up shadows. It’s very similar to Lightroom, except you’re dealing with,
you know, three exposures. Okay, on this one, I think, let me see what HDR enhance does. Yeah, I like a little bit of it. So, that’s gonna be my basic, okay? That’s gonna be my basic. I want to add some more
warms to the photo, maybe. So, let’s add a little bit of warms here, and a little, not that
much, that’s too much. You have to go very
light on the temperature, and maybe just a little bit of magenta. Why, because I’m hooked with magenta. Okay, so now that’s my basic. I’m going to go here, on layers, I’m gonna click a new adjustment layer. Now, on this new adjustment
layer, I want to take care, there was a bit of yellow in
the sky, so I want to add that. So, you know what, I’m just
gonna add a whole bunch of yellow, and actually,
a lot of magenta here. Maybe add a bit of
saturation and vibrance, but I only want this to be
in the sky, not everywhere. So, because it’s on that one layer, I can take the brush, which is here. Okay, I’ve got a brush here. I can change the softness,
make sure it’s 100 percent. I’m gonna make a big brush. And you see, the effect
that we created here, temperature and the magenta, and the saturation has
been applied everywhere. But as soon as I’m gonna
brush, a little brush, what’s gonna happen,
it’s gonna create a mask, and it’s only gonna
appear where I painted. You see, I’m gonna just
paint here in the sky to bring back a little bit of that color. Maybe a little bit here
on the tree itself, and if you think it’s too much, you can paint, and I can erase. So, I can erase if I just
wanted to add a bit of warms. You know, to some of the clouds. I just wanted to do it
here, but I love the look. Check it out, this is what
we are now before and after. It’s already looking kind of cool. Now, I’m gonna make another
layer for the dodge and burn. Now, they created a whole
new tool for dodge and burn. Check this out, it’s called, believe it or not, dodge and burn. You click on Start
Painting, you go to brush, and I’m gonna make it a little bit bigger. And so, you’ve got lighten and darken. So, I’m gonna go lighten,
and I’m just gonna, I want to make this a
little bit brighter here where the tree is. And I’m doing this on
its own layer, remember. Okay, I can make this a little stronger. It’s kind of full of light, I want to make that tree maybe a little bit brighter, and maybe this tree a little bit brighter, and this a little bit brighter. And you can see here, the before and the after of the dodge. You see, it’s kind of
subtle, that’s what I like. It’s not too strong, it’s kind of subtle. Okay, I really want to do
something about that tree. I really want to boost that tree. So, you know what, I can
just create a layer for that, and it’s gonna get information. I can just say, “Okay, you know what, “I’m gonna boost the HDR enhance.” “I’m gonna boost the exposure.” Okay, open up the shadows,
add a lot of magenta, but I like what it does to the tree. I don’t want it everywhere. Because I’m on layer,
make sure you’re on paint, and as you brush, the effect is only being applied where you brush. It creates a mask. Remember, a mask, black
conceals, white reveals. You see, it’s revealing
here only the white. Check it out, you can even see the before and after of that one layer. So, and maybe a little bit here. I want this whole thing
to be a bit brighter. Look at this, this is where I came from. This is where I came from. Okay, and so now, the dodge
and burn is on its own layer. Same thing with that layer, I can lower in opacity, or stronger. I like what it does to the clouds. Okay, and I’m ready for a final touch. I’m gonna create a new adjustment layer, and on this one, I think
the photo lacks of color, so I’m just gonna add a little bit of vibrance and saturation. A little bit of that, and voila, I love. And, you know, you don’t have to do this. You know, I love
over-saturated, crazy colors. You know, I like to create an effect, and I mean, it was a great
sunset that I kind of made. So, green is a little too
much, but I just love it. You know, and that’s the good thing. You know, let’s say
that you’re not like me. You’re not crazy, and you
don’t like too much saturation. You know what, if only
there was a slider for that. So, you can just go
back to your saturation and just lower the
saturation and the vibrance, and get a boring photo. It’s totally up to you. Or you can go crazy and
have a beautiful photo and get thousands of likes on Instagram. It’s completely up to
you, I’m just kidding. You do whatever you want, I
like very colorful photos. Okay, yeah, so that’s just a little view. They added a cool thing like history, you can go back here in history. You know, I can go back,
just like in Photoshop, or I can just undo the last step here. So, that’s pretty cool. Much faster, much
better, and I really like that photo, so I’m gonna click Apply, and I’m gonna show you on another photo. So, I’m gonna go back to Lightroom, and take this photo, and
sometimes I love to use Aurora just to give some punch on a photo. So, I’m gonna right click, export, export original image
in HDR, Aurora HDR 2018. I’m gonna click on Create HDR. So, here I am. On this one, let me show
you some of the sliders. So, you know, smart tones,
if you go on the right, it makes the photo a
little bit too bright. If you go on the left,
a little bit darker. Let’s see what HDR enhance
is gonna give on this one. I move to the right. Ooh, I like how it just, the HDR enhance is kind of like clarity, but better. So, I think I’m gonna
use some HDR enhance. I want to make more contrast, so I’m gonna add more contrast, do my black. I have a little bit of
a different work flow, but already it’s kind of looking cool. Now, what I want to do on this one, and this is something you
cannot do in Lightroom, is play with glow and radiance. So, that’s my basic thing. You know, I used the PhotoSerge
Basic as my basic preset, and now I’m gonna add another layer. And this time, I’m gonna show you something that I really love, and it’s called the glow and the radiance. So, image radiance, if
you go here on the right, it makes a sort of a glow,
but it’s really cool. Okay, and then here, I’m
gonna add some more glow. And glow is just gonna take anything which is really bright
and make a glow around it. Okay, and I’m gonna add
maybe a little bit of yellow, just like it was coming from the sky, and a little bit of magenta,
and don’t ask me why. Now, I love the look, but I
like what I had on the tree, so because I’m on layer, I’m just gonna click here on the brush. Okay, make sure you’re on paint, and I’m only gonna paint this, I’m gonna make this a little bigger. I’m only gonna paint this
here, where the sky is. Okay, let’s see if that’s gonna work, and I’m gonna keep, just where there’s a bit of highlight, maybe here. I want to keep the texture. Yeah, I love it, I love it. Check this out, so before that layer, so now we have a mix of vibrance. Now, maybe on the original
one, I think I was too cold. So, I can go back here and just warm up a little bit the basic layer. Just add a bit of yellow, maybe magenta, and then re-add the effect, and boom. That’s kind of cool, that’s kind of cool. Okay, I think I’m gonna do one more layer, and maybe, sometimes I like
to do a sort of final layer, maybe make the whole photo
a little bit brighter. Boost in the blacks, and
maybe add a bit of blue. I think I went too far on the yellow, but I wanted to get some kind of glow. I mean, check it out, this is the before, and this is the after. You know, now it’s a magical night. You know, it’s a golden hour
of feeling, I love that. And I love using, I love post processing. And I love doing that, I
think it’s so artistic, you know, and what you can do with it. It really has become an art in itself, and all I’m going for is emotion. I’m not going for realistic,
I’m going for emotion. Anyways, I like that. So, the user interface is very clean. It’s for Windows, Madames et Monsieurs. I’ve got so many emails, people saying, “When is Aurora HDR
coming out on Windows?” Well, there it is,
you’ve got all the things to purchase with a special
offer right under this video. Take advantage of it,
and have fun, have fun. Alright, guys, I hope you like this video. Leave me a comment of what
you think of Aurora HDR. Don’t forget to get your copy of Aurora HDR 2018 by
using the link below. And also, last but not least, subscribe to my channel if
you didn’t get a chance to so you can get a notification every time I come out with a video,
which is a lot this week. Madames et Monsieurs,
see you at another video.


  • Reply Raging Newf September 12, 2017 at 11:03 am


  • Reply This Is Newfoundland September 12, 2017 at 11:06 am

    When does it actually release ? Still only pre order ?

  • Reply Shermanwinston September 12, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Where's the link

  • Reply ConstantMinecrafting September 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Dislike bot!?

  • Reply Mike Hardisty September 12, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    The Windows version is incomplete, with some important features missing, such as Lens Corrections. Been caught out once before by another software house pushing incomplete software for their Windows version. I think I'll pass on this until MacPhun offer the complete package

  • Reply Prof Mary September 12, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    What is the difference between Aurora 2018 and Luminar? Are they combined? the same? is Luminar in this 2018 version or coming later? I have heard all sorts of good things about Luminar but all I see are references to Aurora 2018 for this 9/28 release. Thanks.

  • Reply Stephen Colebrooke September 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Please fix the spelling of HDR Microstructure in the modules.

  • Reply ΝΟΜΛ September 12, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    considering the biggest, imo, development is that it now works on PC you'd think they'd have pushed the product to those reviewers to flood youtube with PC demos. can i find one? not one. even trey's youtube channel looks like a demo done on a mac – the minimize, close window buttons being the usual mac design

  • Reply SingulaR VoiD September 12, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Does anyone know whether I need to "Repurchase" Aurora for WIndows if I already have it for MAC ? ? Would seem like a Ripoff if that were the case.

  • Reply Bugside almighty September 13, 2017 at 1:49 am


  • Reply Marc Labro September 13, 2017 at 3:39 am

    thanks for this super tuto, serge. i didn't know aurora at all because i use pc and this tuto covers all topics : lightroom raw export, bracketed and single images and also how to use layers and brush. you convinced me and i am going to pre-order 🙂
    best regards

  • Reply Duskangels September 13, 2017 at 4:14 am

    I love this! I just bought the upgrade version now! I absolutely love my Aurora HDR!!

  • Reply Camera Phill September 13, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Using Luminosity Mask is far superior for blending and gives a more natural look with a combination of using Nik software
    Sorry Serge i just dont like this software just my opinion
    I think you should try learning Luminosity blending its complicated but once mastered it will blow all these HDR programs out of the water im sure you will love it give it a try 🙂

  • Reply Jake Alexander Bryant September 16, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Serge, you have to watch "Narcos: Season 3" on Netflix. One of the main characters looks like your lost twin brother – only he is from Columbia, and has lots of money! haha

  • Reply Jake Alexander Bryant September 16, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Now on Aurora (or any other HDR software used) would it help dynamic range to pull out the shadows and the highlights separately on each photo, then merge? Thanks!

  • Reply Nakar2k September 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Ugly editing style. Results are garbage.

  • Reply 360portugal | Fotografia e video aéreo, visitas virtuais 360º de Portugal September 16, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    The use of layers is fantastic! Thanks for the inspirational advice.

  • Reply M7CVZ September 19, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Not a great video. Needed to start with a basic and short announcement of what is this for and what do you have to do in shooting to feed into this. And what is AnHance?

  • Reply Rene Corriveau September 22, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Pkoi ya pas de fourue video en fr …. 😕

  • Reply Sam Saliba September 22, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Can you use .ARW files straight from the A7R II or you have to convert them to .DNG first?

  • Reply Roni Chastain September 23, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Loving this program for Windows!

  • Reply Sven Vandermaas September 28, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Good morning from the Netherlands, Serge. I always love your videos but I do miss one video 🙂 if a pc user (me) wants to buy a Mac for photography and maybe even edit drone footage, what kind of Mac do you need ? What are the gizmo's you have to look for in a Mac ? Merci pour vous vidéos

  • Reply Naim Motowa October 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Serge, I have ordered Aurora HDR 2018 last two weeks from the link you included above and I'm still waiting to receive anything from Aurora. They supposed to release it in Sept 28, 2017 but no thing so far. Any advise?

  • Reply Raging Newf October 3, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Anyone know why when i click apply in aurora 2018 my hdr photo does not return to my light room it just saves in a random folder plzz help

  • Reply Photoid01 October 4, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Serge, I appreciate your enthusiasm. You're a good teacher. But your enthusiasm for a Windows version of Aurora is misguided and even deceptive. I have bought Aurora HDR 2018 for my PC. Lots of features don't work or are missing. Your blanket statement that the PC and the Mac version being identical is totally false. For example, the export choices on the PC version are lame; you can't even export a 16-bit TIF. Secondly, every time I restart Aurora, the software has forgotten my layout screen size. Very frustrating. Thirdly, highly touted features such as the lens distortion panel are not included in the PC version. I think that you should create a new review in which you actually USE the PC version of Aurora HDR – and in which you tell the truth about the program's many shortcomings. Thanks, Serge.

  • Reply lordsasta October 8, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    This is mac not windows !

  • Reply David Jones November 12, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Already purchased Luminar 2018 for windows now to get Aurora HDR and ill be set..still own the Nik packs!

  • Reply NightOwl4084 November 27, 2017 at 5:23 am

    In the PC version can I save the file and come back to it later to make additional adjustments? Can I sync adjustments from one photo to another or do I have to save the edits as a preset?

  • Reply Jan Pudney November 29, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Does not live up to all the hype. I bought and tried to use the Windows version but it is missing features that are included in the Mac version, has lots of bugs and an unfriendly, clunky interface. Don't waste your money like I did!

  • Reply Alan O'Brien December 10, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    BE WARNED – the Windows version is half-baked. There are significant features still missing from the PC version that are planned for "future updates." Most notably are: 1. You can't save your progress. 2. You can't rename layers. Plus if you read the comments and do a little search, you'll see that other users are noting other ways the PC version is incomplete. The fact that Macphun, Serge Ramelli, Trey Ratcliff and the other promoters neglect to mention this fact is deceptive and infuriating. This lack of transparency is certain to alienate a potentially huge customer base. I know that because of these deceptive practices, I will never give another dime to Macphun/Skylum.

  • Reply Ed Dear July 23, 2018 at 2:11 am

    I have a copy of Aurora 2018 Express for Windows unfortunately your Photoserge Presets are not there only your Stylistic Preset pack. How do I go about getting hold of your Photoserge Presets? Without purchasing the full version of Aurora 2018.

  • Reply negativeprofit August 11, 2018 at 1:38 am

    I too want to see a “Serge” slider, it would automatically make all of your adjustments!

  • Reply hellomyphone August 24, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I don’t see anything I couldn’t do with LIGHTROOM + LUMINAR 2018

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