HDR in Mac Photos

HDR photography is a great way to capture scenes with tough lighting, particularly when dealing with static subjects like architecture, urban environments or landscapes. When taking a normal photo with oddly bright spots like a sunrise, either you can set your exposure for good highlights or good shadows. This means that one of these two important aspects of your photo gets compromised.

This problem can be solved by using HDR photos. It involves taking various shots of a scene, three is most cases. One image is underexposed, another properly exposed, and the last one is overexposed. These pictures are then later combined into a single one with everything exposed well, using editors like Lightroom, Aurora HDR, and Photomatix.


Speaking of HDR editors, there are many that you can choose from for your mac computer. To save you the trouble of sifting through long lists of such software, we have brought to you some of the very best HDR editors that can be used on a mac.

Aurora HDR

In comparison to other available products, Aurora HDR’s brilliance is in its simplicity. By far it is the easiest in usability and as capable as all the other HDR applications. As it is available in a one-time purchase rather than a monthly subscription, it is very feasible because of its price when compared to programs like Lightroom and Photoshop. Upon opening the program, the user is greeted with a large button that loads an image. You can also choose to load different exposures of that image, and get started.

After merging your exposures, you have access to a huge arsenal of controls to fine-tune your final image. You can also use Aurora HDR’s professional-grade presets to get started and then tweak those however you want. Overall, the ease of use coupled with the vast array of professional editing features makes Aurora HDR our top recommendation when it comes to creating HDRs on your mac.


Developers at EasyHDR have created several versions of the editor and learned from their mistakes. The current version is the best they have to offer and produces supreme quality images. EasyHDR is swift and easy to install which makes it compatible with slightly older machines as well. The user interface is fairly simple and straight-forward, as the program has been designed for new users primarily.

However, while the software is otherwise a strong contender as a first-time HDR editor, it lacks in handling RAW format files. New RAW files work okay but former CR2 version files have to be exported from Lightroom. To counter this problem you may covert images to a 16bit TIF format before integrating them. Another solution for this is too use the Lightroom plugin which automatically exports images to EasyHDR.


This is another simple program in terms of usability. When you first open the program, you’ll realize that a drag and drop feature isn’t available so you have to browse manually and select the images. After that the software runs smoothly. There are also options to de-ghost and align images. Besides that we have multiple options for tone mapping that offer a variety of quality outcomes. Another noticeable thing is that this software handles jpeg images better rather than HDR images.

All in all this is a good program in case you like working with jpeg images. If you want something simple that lets you edit jpeg images and make them look like they are HDR ones, and don’t necessarily need to work with RAW files too often, then Darkroom is a very strong contender to consider.