Easy to use HDR photography app for the Mac

HDRtist for Mac

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HDRtist for Mac

  -  15.83 MB  -  Freeware
  • Latest Version

    HDRtist 2.2 LATEST

  • Review by

    Sophia Jones

  • Operating System

    Mac OS X 10.11 or later

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HDRtist is a new Mac HDR photography tool from Ohanaware. The tool is easy to use HDR software with an intuitive design that makes it simple to choose from 4 different tone mapping techniques. Even if you're not into HDR photography, HDRtist is a great tool to have for dramatizing dull photos, livening dark photos and boosting sunsets! Included some HDR tutorials to help you get started with the amazing world of HDR photography.

HDR Photography is a relatively new type of photography. It involves capturing multiple photos at different exposures, then using software to combine these exposures into a single High Dynamic Range Image. Tone mapping is then required to compress the tones of the image into a range that the computer can display. The reason for this is simple, the High Dynamic Range Image contains far more detail in the highlights and shadows, these can then be used to create an image closer to what the human eye can see, or to create punchy dramatic images.

Features and Highlights

Easy to use HDR Software
Shooting HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photos can be great fun. Getting your exposures or photos into the app is a breeze. Drag your photos into the HDRtist for macOS window or use the "Add Photos" button and multi-select the photos (On Leopard or Snow Leopard, you can select photos directly from your iPhoto or Aperture library). Next; use the single "Strength" slider to get a stunning result you're happy with. It's that easy, great looking HDR photos in seconds.

Multiple Mapping Techniques
One of the biggest challenges of HDR Photography can be getting the HDR the way you like it. That's not the case with the app, Ohanaware team spent a long time learning and exploring HDR tone mapping techniques.

Great For Single Photos
Sometimes the situation just doesn't allow you to take multiple exposures, don't have time to set-up the tripod, or the wind's too strong, or there's too much movement. No worries, simply take a single JPEG or RAW and let the app work its magic on your photo. This is sometimes known as simply tone mapping a photo or creating a fake HDR, or just FHDR. What ever it's called, the tool does it well, making juicy HDRs out of regular photos. On top of that HDR tist can be used to recover dark, dull and lifeless photos.

Funtastic Photos Integration
Add Special effects, watermarks, frames and captions to your HDR Photos. Print and share your HDR Photos online using Funtastic Photos. Funtastic Photos is a fun macOS Photo Editor with creative effects, easy photo editing via 1-Click Styles. Direct photo sharing through Fun Cards (like Apple iCards), iPhone and popular picture sharing websites. Stunning photo mosaics (collages) are a cinch, and so is home printing when using creative layouts, Including greeting cards & photo cubes.

What is HDR Photography?
HDR or High Dynamic Range Photography is a technique that overcomes the light limitations of modern day digital cameras. The top two images show a before and an after image, the image on the left is the single photo the camera captured. The image on the right is the result of HDR Processing with 5 different exposures of the same image. The house is brighter, the detail in the clouds has been recovered and the picture looks vibrant and colorful.

  • HDRtist 2.2 Screenshots

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What's new in this version:

- Keywords to the Meta Data
- Gradient masking to Split Toning, Contrast, Black & White, Exposure, Sharpness, Unsharp Mask
- 16 more blend modes are now available
- New Noise Suppression extra filter
- New Color Gradient extra filter
- New Local Contrast extra filter
- New White Balance extra filter, which uses a brand new algorithm for color correction
- New Split ND extra filter
- New Haze Gradient extra filter
- New Defocus Gradient extra filter
- New options for choosing the rendering hardware, including an automatic option
- Ability to disable images from the Exposures List
- Cut, Copy & Paste extra layers from one document t'other
- Option to ignore the original camera meta data on export
- Option to compress TIFF images on export
- New sidebar mode "Blackout", makes most of the interface black and removes as much transparency as possible
- Denoise and Sharpen now added to the main interface
- Gradient masking (12 supported filters) support linear or radial gradients, allowing for spot alterations
- Added an extra 7 1-Click Styles

- Several minor improvements to the HDRtist Pro importe
- The delete confirmation dialog now looks better
- The Extra selector is now larger
- The default groups on the main interface are now collapsable
- The action icon in the short toolbar now shows a drop down icon
- Made other interface adjustments to improve the visibility of the Extra filters interface
- Tab switcher at the top of the window uses a different style

- Switching from the cropping interface to styles or edit correctly updates the preview.\
- Failing to open an existing document no longer generates two error messages
- Duplicating a layer correctly copies across settings again
- Fixed a NOE @ penXimageProcessor.=styleData
- Fixed a bug that was preventing the RAW expansion from working for some customers
- Fixed a NOE @ HDRDocument.EventexportPrepareMetaData
- Fixed a bug in the Preferences Window, toolbar item is correctly set on window re-open
- Fixed some issues with image files or HDR files that contain a "/" in the file name
- Fixed a NOE @ HDRToneMapperPolaris.Eventprocess
- Fixed a NOE @ penXDocumentWindow.penXDocumentWindow.notificationReceived
- Fixed a ISAE @ NX2HDRThreadedGenerator.taskCompleted
- Workaround for the Delete confirmation dialog not accepting keyboard input
- Fixed a couple of minor issues that occurred on macOS 10.15
- Workaround for an issue with the Save Panel when running under macOS 10.15.1
- Fixed the HDR Exposure function causing corruption on some installations of macOS 10.14
- Workaround for corruption caused by the Unsharp Mask filter on macOS 10.14
- Fixed a missing icon in the prefs window on macOS 10.14 that occurred because the system no longer supports low resolution icons included within the macOS
- Workaround for the exporting code failing on macOS 10.14 systems that have been running for more than 10 days
- Workaround for a problem whereby the OS atomic saving routines do not clean up correctly on macOS 10.14, which could lead to the inability to save your work
- Workaround for CISoftlight causing corruption when exporting via the CPU on macOS 10.14 or newer

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