Aperture, the organizing and photo editing software by Apple has been designed to perform a wide variety of effects on pictures. Being a raw editor, the software enables the user to make HDR images from only one shot, which means an HDR image can be created even if there are movements in the subjects of the shot. The software’s features can be used to create a set of three images with varying exposure levels from a single shot which can then be converted into a HDR image.
There are a variety of HDR tools that are available to the user today, each one having its own strengths and can be used in both Macs and Windows. Some of the commonly used are Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, HDRsoft Photomatic Pro, HDR Express, Nik Software HDR Efex Pro etc. Of all the aforementioned tools, only the Photoshop is not supported by the Aperture image editor. While many users prefer to use Lightroom as it is supported in both Windows and Macs, some prefer to use Aperture, though it is only supported in Macs.
Aperture HDR Plug-Ins can be used for photo editing and organization in a number of fields. Users in the architectural designing field can hugely benefit from its features. The basic desired goals are as follows:
- Creation of a natural looking High Dynamic Range(HDR) image that has its detail in highlights and shadows retained well.
- Keep the source files organized and readily accessible.
A general workflow for the Aperture HDR process includes shooting of a set of images, say 3 to 5 with different exposures and finally create a HDR image by merging them into one. The goal is to give the maximum natural look to the image and eliminating the overdose of effects like halos and colours.
Aperture is a very useful tool for the organization of the source files for creating HDR images and the Photomatix Plug-In application works very efficiently with the tool. Users looking for photo editing tutorials can also visit the website aurorahdr.com. Stacking is the basic work process that involves importing of the source images and select and open them in Photomatix. Then the Stack command is used to stack or group the source images that the user wants to convert into a HDR. The stacking feature also has the additional benefit of saving the HDR images together with the source images in Photomatix. Further adjustments can also be made to the final HDR images like cropping or adding definition.