Hydra Express
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Create artistic or photorealistic HDR images.   Demo ($49.99)
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Hydra Express is the ideal application for easily creating realistic HDR images from 3 shots with different exposures.

Are your photographs different from what your eyes actually see? This is because a single photograph cannot represent the full gamut of light due to the physical limitations in the sensor. It's not your fault!

Hydra is the solution
Hydra provides human eye-like perception to your photographs by allowing you to create High Dynamic Range (HDR) images from a series of regular photographs (up to 3), either from DSLRs or
What's New
Version 3.2:
  • Mavericks: Faster real-time previewing of tone-mapped image thanks to improved OS X 10.9 Mavericks Core Image/OpenCL pipeline
  • Mavericks: Integration of OS X 10.9 Mavericks native image browser, which gives access to iPhoto, Aperture, and iCloud photo libraries
  • Mavericks: Fixed incorrect preset rendering
  • Mavericks: Fixed UI glitches
  • Fixed: Cropped images are now correctly rendered when app is in trial mode (no more white frame)
  • Fixed: Fixed previewing artifacts
Version 3.2:
  • Mavericks: Faster real-time previewing of tone-mapped image thanks to improved OS X 10.9 Mavericks Core Image/OpenCL pipeline
  • Mavericks: Integration of OS X 10.9 Mavericks native image browser, which gives access to iPhoto, Aperture, and iCloud photo libraries
  • Mavericks: Fixed incorrect preset rendering
  • Mavericks: Fixed UI glitches
  • Fixed: more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7.3 or later



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David2stone rated on 05 Feb 2012

[Version 3.0.2]



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Marilou53 rated on 03 Jan 2012

[Version 3.0.2]



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IloveBurma rated on 01 Dec 2011

[Version 3.0.1]


Downloads:892
Version Downloads:86
Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
License:Demo
Date:04 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $49.99
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Hydra Express is the ideal application for easily creating realistic HDR images from 3 shots with different exposures.

Are your photographs different from what your eyes actually see? This is because a single photograph cannot represent the full gamut of light due to the physical limitations in the sensor. It's not your fault!

Hydra is the solution
Hydra provides human eye-like perception to your photographs by allowing you to create High Dynamic Range (HDR) images from a series of regular photographs (up to 3), either from DSLRs or traditional point-and-shoot cameras. The output produced by Hydra is much closer to what your eyes actually see.

How does it work?
  1. Take several pictures of the same scene, changing the exposure value between the shots.
  2. Import your pictures into Hydra.
  3. Prepare the Photo: check if the images are correctly aligned, crop the image, and remove the ghost effect that could be visible on the image.
  4. Develop the Photo: Select a preset, or adjust the output image (brightness, saturation, hue...).
  5. Render the HDR image, and share with the world through Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Mail...
Which Features?
  • Processing Pipeline & Real-time Preview: Hydra first aligns the imported images, and then merges them in a smart way to preserve the interesting inputs of each image. This allows you to tune parameters in real time while observing the changing result until you are satisfied, and then render the full resolution image in less than one minute. Resolutions above 20 Mega Pixels supported.
  • No tripod required: Unlike most HDR software, Hydra does not require pictures taken with a tripod. Thanks to this unique feature, you can take photos anywhere to later merge them in Hydra.
  • HDR from a single RAW image: You can also import a single RAW photograph into Hydra, apply tone mapping, and render an HDR image.
  • Ghost handling: if an object moves across the different exposures, you'll get a ghost effect on the HDR image. Hydra enables you to select areas where you don't want to use all images for composition.
Main Differences from the Pro Version:
The following features are only available in Hydra Pro ($99.99):
  • Import up to 7 shots to create an HDR image (only 3 in the Express version)
  • Batch Processing
  • Probe-based adjustments: probes are used to select areas based on distance/color/brightness tolerance


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