High dynamic range photography is a process in which multiple exposures are captured, aligned and merged to generate a single image that enables a much wider range of colors and tonality. HDR techniques are typically used to enhance landscape, architectural, nighttime, and artistic photography.
HDR Efex Pro is the essential new standard for creating amazingly high quality realistic to artistic HDR images with a revolutionary new all in one workflow. HDR Efex Pro includes a vast selection of one‑click visual presets for incredibly fast results, advanced tone mapping algorithms, powerful and detailed HDR controls, and patented U Point® technology.
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"I predict that HDR Efex Pro will be the best-in-class HDR software on the market."
~~Matt Kosklowski, NAPP instructor and best-selling author
"It isn’t often that I get all fired up about software. However, HDR Efex Pro... has me as giddy as a girl in a prom dress. If it’s even half as good as their other plug-ins it will in fact be badass. Nik Software knows how to make software for people like me, who would much rather be outdoors photographing than sitting at a desk."
~~ Bret Edge, Photographer
"I’ve been playing around with a pre-release version, and I have to say—it’s pretty cool. True to Nik form, it’s got a great interface. I particularly like the previews of the built-in presets along the left side, and the fact that Vignettes, Levels, and Curves adjustments are built right in, so after you’re done with the Tonemapping, you don’t have to head back to Camera Raw for final tweaking. You can do it all right in the plug-in."
~~ Scott Kelby, President of NAPP
"I've been playing with HDR Efex Pro… first impression: great job! At last: an implementation of HDR that doesn't give the impression of playing with strange magical formulas. It's very natural."
~~ Lorenzo Colloreta, Photographer, Beta tester
“Nik’s HDR Efex Pro breathes new life into the HDR genre by having an ease-of-use that makes it accessible to a wider audience, not just photo geeks.”
~~ Joe Farace, photographer/author
Features and Benefits
Multiple Algorithms - By incorporating multiple proprietary tone mapping algorithms - unlike other applications, which only have only a single tone mapping algorithm, - HDR Efex Pro can support whatever unique look you choose for a particular image. You can add a realistic, subtle touch to your landscape or interior scene, or you can also pick an artistic preset and increase the structure to create a truly unique look. With HDR Efex Pro there are no limits.
Intuitive Interface - High dynamic range photography is a complex and very technical photography style. As such, many HDR editing applications have complex controls and awkward interfaces. HDR Efex Pro has an interface that is both easy to learn and easy to use, along with class-leading previews and zoom features that make it easy to ensure what you see is what you get.
U Point Technology - HDR Efex Pro is the only HDR solution that offers you precise, selective editing of HDR images. Using NikSoftware’s revolutionary U Point® technology, you can make precise selections to easily fine-tune and enhance specific areas of your image.
Visual Presets - The visual presets in HDR Efex Pro offer a simple way to work with HDR using just one click. For even more inspiration, import additional presets from the Nik Software website. It’s a great way to discover new HDR looks.
Single Image HDR - Achieve a great HDR look when you only have a single image. Single image use is perfect for moving objects, portraits and your back catalog of images. For the first time, you can go back into single images shot years earlier and either rejuvenate them or apply a totally modern look. High contrast images are also ideal candidates for HDR enhancements, even if you didn’t shoot with a tripod or have HDR in mind when you originally captured the image. Start with a RAW image, JPG or TIFF and let HDR Efex Pro analyze and enhance your photo.
Alignment & Artifacting - For best results when shooting multiple exposures, it’s vital to keep the camera steady with a tripod because all of the images are ultimately going to be merged together. If possible, you should also limit movement through the images, also known as “ghost” artifacts. HDR Efex Pro will align images by looking for common points and then merge the series to create a single 32-bit image with which you can work. Artifacts created after merging images with moving objects are commonly referred to as "ghosts" - HDR Efex Pro has two primary methods for reducing ghosts: Adaptive for subtle movements and Global for large objects.
All–in–One Workflow - HDR Efex Pro provides an entire range of features for creating and fine-tuning your HDR image, all without the need to ever leave the application. Not only can you combine multiple exposures and create a High Dynamic Range image, but you can also use a full range of editing tools in order to create stunning HDR images, all within HDR Efex Pro
Advanced Education - HDR Efex Pro includes an interactive help system and videos that thoroughly cover the basics. It’s easy to extend your learning with live weekly trainings and special guest webinars with HDR photography experts.
Multi-threaded, 64-bit - HDR Efex Pro uses an advanced multi-threaded processing approach to provide the best user experience while working with resource-intensive HDR tone mapping operations. This offers the best solution for modern computer systems that have a threaded architecture.
Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture Compatible - As photographers and creative artists, you spend a lot of time in your digital tools of choice. With HDR Efex Pro, you never have to leave your favorite tool to access the powerful controls and capabilities of HDR imaging. Each host application has its nuances, and HDR Efex Pro takes advantage of those when they are available.
Smart Object Compatible - Smart Objects preserve an image’s original source content, enabling you to perform non-destructive editing to an image layer. HDR Efex Pro is the only HDR software that works with the powerful Smart Objects feature in Adobe Photoshop, so you can go back and make any adjustment you like, even after applying them. 32-bit Color
- For the highest possible quality, HDR Efex Pro always
uses a full 32-bit workflow for all edits. Though the screen resolution of modern LCDs and monitors can commonly only display a 16-bit image, all 32-bits
per channel are being used by HDR Efex Pro when you are editing. The result is the finest quality image possible.