Guide for Using Aperture to Create HDR Image

An organizing and photo editing software, the Aperture comes with a wide range of features. Since it is one of the raw editors, it provides the user the ability of creating an HDR image from a single shot, i.e., an HDR image can be easily created even in case of subject movements in the shot. The software provides the flexibility to create three shots with varying exposures from only a single shot and convert it into a HDR image. In order to create a HRD with Aperture, the following steps are followed:

Import Picture to Aperture

The import button on the menu bar has a drop down menu from where the shot to be imported has to be selected

Creation of an image set with separate exposures

The Adjustments tab has an Exposure slider that is the primary control to increase or decrease the brightness of the image. Two extra images need to be created, one under and another over exposed for a regular shot with a normal exposure.

Hydra Plug-In Usage

This feature is used to create high quality HDR in Aperture. The set of images created need to be selected and edited in the new window for the Hydra HDR editing. The new window shows all the shots, both the raw image set as well as the newly edited HDR image all in a row. The Hydra feature also enables the Tone correction adjustments to fine tune the picture to make it look more professional. There are additional slider controls such as Gamma, Saturation, Colour as well as an Exposure control. The slider that moves both ways makes it easy to adjust the levels without knowing the technical details as the user can visually see the difference being affected, resulting in a fantastic HDR image ready to be saved. The effects can also be made to pictures online through

The installation process of Plug-In for Aperture is mentioned below:

  • The Plug-In file has to be downloaded into the PC, usually in the downloads folder and the file needs to be opened.
  • The Plug-In can be installed either with the help of the installer or can be installed manually. Users using to installer can double click on the Installer Plug-In file. For users who wish to install manually, the Plug-In Aperture file has to be transferred from the downloads folder to Plug-Ins in Application Support folder. In case the folder is not already created, the user needs to create it manually by starting Aperture, selecting the shots from the browser which are then edited with the HDR software.