New Second Version of HDR Express Is a Ghostbuster

New Second Version of HDR Express Is a Ghostbuster

No, it’s not Egon. HDR Express, the enthusiast-level high dynamic range Mac app from Unified Color Technologies, is now out in a new version with improved de-ghosting algorithms for images with moving subjects, among a handful of other interesting new features.

(If you’re not familiar with high dynamic range: HDR is a process that takes multiple exposures of the same images — sometimes as many as nine — and combines them into one final image. In the resulting image, areas which would be either under-exposed of over-exposed in a single exposure are exposed properly — and the whole thing looks gorgeous. Here’s a page with some great examples.).

Another area of improvement focuses around the photo selection and combining process. Instead of filenames, the user will see thumbnails; and bracketed exposures are now automatically arranged and sorted. The app also sports a feature called “Adaptive Tone Mapping,” which sounds like developer jargon for better-looking images.

Like it’s predecessor, HDR Express 2 works as both a standalone app and a plugin for Aperture and Lightroom, and is $99 — though it’s on sale now for $84. Owners of the original can upgrade for $59. It’s not available at the Mac App Store yet (though the original version is still there).

  • jpadhiyar

    Perfect!! Best app ever but it’s one of the costliest.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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