Aurora HDR 2019 REVIEW

Skylum has once again sent me their amazing software Aurora HDR  before the release for reviewing it and this time its the brandnew version 2019. So..again thank you for supporting! Make shure to watch my review video and subscribe to my YouTube channel:

In this version a lot of great stuff has been added under the hood like their new quantum HDR engine and the LUT support to give your  final results a very unique look. Improved HDR details and artefact-free structures are very welcome features as well.

But how does it look? Well the new Quandum HDR Engine is definetly a highlight, since it really enhances the lighting of your images and even if you only use 1 image, which is very impressive!

Aurora HDR 2019 can give you very natural looking images  IF YOU WANT, its all up to you how you want to edit your images.

My following images you can see here where taken with a Fuji X-T2 using 9 brackets, and yes these photos are edited exactly i liked them to be, incredibly detailed and epic  looking 🙂

Probably not everyone´s cup of tea, but like i said, i liked these cathedral shots to look as epic as possible and Aurora HDR 2019 is the only software which makes this possible.


Skylum’s Quantum HDR Engine harnesses the power of AI for a more streamlined editing experience than ever before. It reduces burned-out colors, loss of contrast, noise and unnatural lighting caused by halos and unstable deghosting.

The Quantum HDR Engine has taken three years to create within Skylum’s AI lab, and contains the vast knowledge of the development team paired with artificial intelligence to bring you seamless HDR editing, be it with a single image or multiple bracketed shots.

Skylum’s developers tested thousands of bracketed shots through a neural network, and used the results to develop the technology needed for creating incredible HDR photographs – whether it’s real estate, landscape, cityscape or any other type of HDR photography.


Here are the most essential changes:

  • New Quantum HDR Engine
  • LUTs support with 11 New Integrated LUTs
  • Photoshop plugins support
  • New HDR Smart Structure filter for realistic and artefact-free structure (can be found in the new HDR Enhance filter)
  • Presets are now called ‘Aurora HDR Looks’
  • Improved Adjustable Gradient filter with new sliders for Shadows and Highlights added
  • Improved HDR Details Boost Effect ( the photo is shown in high-resolution while fine-tuning the filter)

Offer Availability:

Aurora HDR 2019 is available for pre-order on September, 12, and released on October, 4.


Pre-Order Pricing:

  • Current users may upgrade at a price of $49 USD ($59 USD MSRP)
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2019 at a price of $89 USD ($99 MSRP)


Pre-Order Bonuses:

  • Video Tutorial: Getting the Most from Aurora HDR 2019 by Trey Ratcliff
  • Landscape Photography Handbook by David Johnston
  • Burning Moods LUTs by Richard Harrington
  • Exclusive interior Aurora Looks by Richard Harrington
  • 3-month 500px Pro membership
  • $300 USD OFF a multi-day Iceland Photo Tours


The by far best HDR software just got even better and i can totally recommend it if you want to shoot HDR photos!

Get Aurora HDR 2019 here!