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New Version: 1.3.2

HDR Free & Easy

Meet HDRtist, the easiest HDR software program for the Mac, thanks to its intuitive design & streamlined interface. Mac HDR Software will never be the same.


Easy to use HDR Software

Shooting HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photos can be great fun, we wanted a program that would be easy and just as fun to use. So we made one.

Getting your exposures or photos into HDRtist, is a breeze. Drag your photos into the HDRtist 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.

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See HDRtist in action

Multiple Mapping Techniques

One of the biggest challenges of HDR Photography can be getting the HDR the way you like it.

Thats not the case with HDRtist, We spent a long time learning and exploring HDR tone mapping techniques. We've hooked them into our engine in way that we think, just makes sense.

Use the Strength slider to choose which HDR tone mapping method to use, or even a combined technique with it's nearest neighbor. Our 4 different Tone Mapping methods, range from compression, light, realistic to extreme. See Examples

Spend more time outside shooting HDR photos when using HDRtist at home.

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 HDRtist work it's 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, HDRtist does it well, making juicy HDRs out of regular photos. On top of that HDRtist can be used to recover dark, dull and lifeless photos. See Examples

Download HDRtist Try it with your photos.


Why you should think about going Pro

HDRtist Pro is next step up from HDRtist, featuring far more control & options, a beautiful new interface, ability to save your HDRs (for editing later). Below's a few more reasons.

128-bit floating point engine & tone mapping system. Two generators, HDR & Exposure Blending.
Beautiful & functional interface Save directly into iPhoto/Aperture
Can create razor sharp HDRs 1-Click Styles make it easy

Funtastic Photos Integration

Add Special effects, watermarks, frames and captions to your HDR Photos. Print and share your HDR Photos online using our Funtastic Photos.

Funtastic Photos is a fun Mac OS X 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 our 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.

HDR history and more info at Wikipedia.

Technical Information

System Requirements

* HDRtist uses the Apple ImageIO Kit to read image formats. Some RAW formats are not supported.

See complete version history

Customer Comments & Reviews

"HDRtist is working beautifully. Have had no problems, no errors. I am loading multiple exposures captured on Fuji S2 (approx. a 17 mg file) at lighter/darker exposure times. Excellent software."
- Tom Kelley, www.tomkelleystudio.com

"In short, the program is amazing." ratingratingratingratingrating
- Ilene Hoffman, MacNN Review

"I must say I'm mightily impressed by this program. It produces far better images than I've been able to get from competing packages. With this new version, I'm really looking forward to going through my catalog and seeing what I can achieve with it."
- Andy H

"I just wanted to say this is the best HDR software out there. I have used countless other applications that could never deliver such good results so easily. Thank you for making such great software, and for making it free!"
- Ian Milliken

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