Aurora HDR is the world’s most advanced HDR photo editor, enjoyed by millions of photographers. And is the only HDR photo software, named “Best Mac App of the Year”.

Quantum HDR Engine™ (Patent Pending)
Skylum’s proprietary HDR algorithm, powered by Artificial Intelligence, creates the most natural-looking images that show the full dynamic range of the scene. With Aurora HDR, you can overcome the biggest challenges faced by HDR photographers.

The new HDR Smart Structure filter unlocks depth and definition in an image. Skylum’s proprietary algorithms add more detail and tone to your images. It elevates the quality of a standard structure slider in other software, and was developed specifically for High Dynamic Range photography.


We believe that making dramatic beautiful photos should be enjoyable, instead of being complex and time-consuming. So we built Aurora HDR to be accessible for photographers of all skill levels. A custom designed user interface has everything you need, and nothing extra.

Whether you want to work with a single image or multiple exposures, whether you rely on presets, or need to have a full control over every pixel - Aurora HDR puts a beautiful creative canvas in front of you.


As you’d expect from a professional photography software, Aurora HDR gives you tools & flexibility to do things you’ve always wanted. It’s the layers with custom blending modes, adjustable masking brush, intuitive transform tools, history panel and more that make Aurora HDR a choice of millions of professional photographers around the globe.

Layers & Masking
Layers make it easy to combine multiple photos or images. Use blending modes to mix the two layers together and masks to add transparency.

Batch Processing
Save time and effort with the Batch Processing command. Let Aurora HDR assemble multiple HDR images at once and output the files.

RAW Decoding.
Work with the highest-quality raw and DNG files from most cameras. Skylum proprietary raw processor makes sure you get the most from every pixel on your image.

Perspective & Lens Correction
Straighten horizons and reframe your image to fix tripod and framing issues. Use lens correction to remove wide angle distortion and unwanted vignetting.

Aurora HDR Looks + LUTs = Style
With over 100 default Aurora HDR Looks and Look-up Tables (LUTs) - Aurora HDR gives you a lot to choose from. Only Aurora HDR features signature styles from the world’s top photographers, including Trey Ratcliff, Serge Ramelli & Randy Van Duinen. And of course, you can always create or import custom HDR Looks to boost your creativity and speed.


Great HDR photography is about creativity, power and convenience. With Aurora HDR you get all of this and much more. With powerful tone curves, filters, layers & masking you get the freedom to enhance images in all possible ways. And with the batch processing, built-in social sharing, plug-in support, non-destructive editing & other features - you can achieve even more without leaving the software. It’s all in one. And all you need.


The new Aurora HDR brings powerful bulk image editing, and dozens of creative presets for various photography styles: from real estate to travel. This means you’ll quickly pick the look you need and apply it to all your images at the same time. This also means you’ll have more time to take incredible photos and do more things with people that matter.

Enjoy Aurora HDR.

What’s New

Version 1.0.1

- macOS Catalina supported
- Photos extension fixed

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Clifton B ,

Trouble with batch HDR

Gives me a grey screen after importing the pictures. So far I’ve had to reinstall twice to get it to run. Hope there’s not a third

Developer Response ,

Please reach us via and we will investigate this issue ASAP. Thanks!

JLT 54132 ,

Was onced a great app, now just a money eater!

I have used Aurrora hdr 2019 for my go to editing app for a long time, but when the Catalina OS came along I could no long save my edited photos! I was told by customer support that a fix was coming soon, so I was pleased when the App store reported that a new version was available as of 5 days ago. So I paid $65 for an upgrade from version 1.0.0 to 1.0.1! DID NOT HAPPEN! I got the same old version 1.0.0. Then I bit the bullet and purchased the new (not ungraded) version for about $80 dollars! When I downloaded that latest version, what did I get -- THE SAME OLD 1.0.0 VERISON THAT I HAVE ALREADY GOT ON MY iMAC PRO! So I have spent $145 for absolutely nothing that I did not already have! Do not believe this app when it says version 1.0.1 - macOS Catalina supported, 5d ago! It does no such thing! You will not get version 1.0.1. You will only get 1.0.0 and will not be able to save that beautiful photo you edited! I am so disapointed in this failure to use what has been my favorite editing app! I am looking for a replacement!

Developer Response ,

Please reach us at and we will sort everything out. Thanks!

Monge87 ,

Replaced my old HDR software

I was skeptical about moving over from my old workflow. It has been an absolute game changer. The AI fixes photos and has sped up my process significantly. I recommend this to so many of my photographer friends who are in HDR medium. There are the occasional bugs, but seeing how I got this before it was 2019 I know the dev team is making improvements, and ironing out kinks. Keep up the great work!


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