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Jul 24, 2018 07:56 |  #1

Mt Aurora trial has ended but before it did I thught I would see what it could do with a really dud bracketed set.

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I started off with Trey Ratcliff's "Tyrion Cuffs" preset, denoised it hard and then pushed some colour and saturation sliders around.


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Jul 25, 2018 07:52 |  #2

The denoise in aurora, in itself, is a dud. I know it adds a workflow step, but denoising after aurora seems to work better. I use topaz denoise which I find superior to nik and all others. In photoshop I mask in the denoised image where necessary. And yea, aurora seems to create a whole bunch of noise.


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Jul 25, 2018 07:55 |  #3

A question: when the aurora trial is over, do they offer additional discounts beyond the $99 retail asking price?


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Jul 25, 2018 08:02 |  #4

Picture North Carolina wrote in post #18670302 (external link)
The denoise in aurora, in itself, is a dud. I know it adds a workflow step, but denoising after aurora seems to work better. I use topaz denoise which I find superior to nik and all others. In photoshop I mask in the denoised image where necessary. And yea, aurora seems to create a whole bunch of noise.

I do both denoise within Aurora and during PP


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Jul 25, 2018 08:08 |  #5

Picture North Carolina wrote in post #18670304 (external link)
A question: when the aurora trial is over, do they offer additional discounts beyond the $99 retail asking price?

I have had an email from the Sklum Team asking how they performed after asking a question about image alignbment but there was no special offer after the trial.


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Sep 23, 2018 00:55 |  #6

Hi, Drag this one up again. Skylum as you probably no are ready to launch a new version of Aurora 2019 just wondered if anyone has seen a review of the 2019 that is NOT by a person who is or seems to be trying to sell it through giving opinions that are so blatant about how it will be the next king of HDR software. Thanks, Russ.


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Sep 25, 2018 11:15 |  #7

I see you used a Canon PowerShot. As HDR inherently makes the existing noise very visible, it's most advisable to do hdr with a camera which a priory produces as little noise as possible namely FF or at least or ASPC. On the other hand, post processing is even more important. A hdr image doesn't really have to look that terrible. Sometimes, this is simply about pushing the sliders too far unnecessarily.




  
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Sep 25, 2018 11:37 |  #8

raminolta wrote in post #18715790 (external link)
I see you used a Canon PowerShot. As HDR inherently makes the existing noise very visible, it's most advisable to do hdr with a camera which a priory produces as little noise as possible namely FF or at least or ASPC. On the other hand, post processing is even more important. A hdr image doesn't really have to look that terrible. Sometimes, this is simply about pushing the sliders too far unnecessarily.

I think you missed the point of my post. It was aimed to show that the few who hanker for grunge can still create horrible HDR with a modern tonemapper.!

BTW, I have now moved on to a Canon G5 X with 20Mpix. Much less noise now.


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Sep 25, 2018 11:44 |  #9

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Sep 25, 2018 11:45 |  #10

Thanks Martin, I'll cross that one off my list.


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Sep 25, 2018 11:46 |  #11

russellsnr2 wrote in post #18713831 (external link)
Hi, Drag this one up again. Skylum as you probably no are ready to launch a new version of Aurora 2019 just wondered if anyone has seen a review of the 2019 that is NOT by a person who is or seems to be trying to sell it through giving opinions that are so blatant about how it will be the next king of HDR software. Thanks, Russ.

I tried whatever version is out now. It was okay. It did some scenes well that you simply cannot do in a single shot. But I find that either using filters to get the shot into the range of your sensor, or if impossible, to blend the shots manually to produce better results. Maybe I'm not doing something right but what I also found interesting was that the software produced wildly different results with the same selected images when processed the same way. Sometimes there would be horrible noise artifacts introduced by what I can only imagine was it pulling up shadow details too far from the wrong exposure. But other times, the same images loaded did not produce that result. I am not a huge fan.




  
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Sep 26, 2018 15:00 |  #12

russellsnr2 wrote in post #18713831 (external link)
Hi, Drag this one up again. Skylum as you probably no are ready to launch a new version of Aurora 2019 just wondered if anyone has seen a review of the 2019 that is NOT by a person who is or seems to be trying to sell it through giving opinions that are so blatant about how it will be the next king of HDR software. Thanks, Russ.

Hi Russ - I pre-ordered the upgrade for $49 and will test it when it comes out. Should be interesting.

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Oct 02, 2018 14:41 |  #13

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Hi Russ - I pre-ordered the upgrade for $49 and will test it when it comes out. Should be interesting.

Kirk

Also pre ordered but have to say there customer relations have a lot to be desired. I like to use SNS-HDR for output but the ghosting in there is not (and only my opinion) the best so I like to create .exr files and send that to SNS-HDR, when I asked/pointed out in a question to Skylum that an option was promised in the Aurora 2018 soon for an option to create .exr files I had this reply. Quote:- 'As it is stated in the User Guide, this option is not available yet. Hopefully, it will be implemented in the future updates.' So I pointed out that about 1/2 way down there page here https://skylum.com …aving-and-exporting-files (external link) under NOTE you can see what it states. They do seem to be fond of empty promises of what is to come in there softwares. Russ.


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Oct 02, 2018 16:36 as a reply to  @ russellsnr2's post |  #14

I have also asked them to include an option in their batch processing that permits batch saving of the “project” so I can batch produce the master “HDR” file instead of LDR results. No dice.

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