Essential HDR Community Edition Alternatives

    Essential HDR Community Edition is described as 'powerful tool for High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography and tone mapping. It includes two tone mapping algorithms, namely Fast Tone Balancer (for global tone mapping) and Detail Revealer (for local tone mapping)' and is an app in the Photos & Graphics category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Essential HDR Community Edition for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone and Android. The best alternative is Hugin, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Essential HDR Community Edition are Luminance HDR (Free, Open Source), Aurora HDR (Paid), Photomatix (Paid) and WidsMob HDR (Paid).

    This page was last updated Feb 8, 2020

    1. Hugin is an easy to use cross-platform panoramic imaging toolchain based on Panorama Tools. With Hugin you can assemble a mosaic of photographs into a complete impressive panorama, stitch any series of overlapping pictures and much more.i
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • Linux
      Luminance HDR is a graphical user interface (based on the Qt5 toolkit) that provides a complete workflow for HDR imaging.
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    2. A powerful HDR photo editing suite for Mac, created by Macphun and Trey Ratcliff. Aurora HDR is the first all-in-one HDR photography solution, that brings over 60 editing tools, layers, custom textures, presets, native RAW support and more.
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    3. Photomatix Pro is a photography software primarily designed to make the process of creating high dynamic range photos easier and more streamlined.
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    4. Simple and advanced HDR photo editor to recreate high dynamic range photos as eye-view. Advanced tone mapping algorithm, customize HDR parameters, auto align and adjustment, support both JPEG and RAW files.
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    5. Beautiful panoramas made easy.
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      • FreeProprietary
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      • Windows
      HDR Efex Pro is the new standard for creating realistic to artistic HDR images with a revolutionary new all-in-one workflow. HDR Efex Pro includes many one-click visual presets, advanced tone mapping algorithms, powerful HDR controls, and patented U Point® technology.

      Discontinued

      Now part of DxO PhotoLab

    6. Dynamic-PHOTO HDR is a new generation of High Dynamic Range image software with many advanced features, such as Pin Warping and Anti-Ghosting.
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      The lighting tool for 3D artists.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      HDRMerge combines two or more raw images into a single raw with an extended dynamic range. It can import any raw image supported by LibRaw, and outputs a DNG 1.4 image with floating point data.
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