Practical Home Photographer

How has the home photography studio changed?

Besides the Single Lens Reflex camera and rolls of film, running a home photography studio in the past, would have typically meant dedicating one of your rooms as a Darkroom (especially if you’re into black and white photography).

In which case, you would definitely need an enlarger and a few trays etc. in order to develop your prints and so on – but that would be well after first developing the film. Which would also mean having the equipment in order to develop the film in the first place. 

Fortunately, working as a freelance photographer from home today is considerably more affordable and within most individuals reach compared to the ‘Good Ol’ Days’. (Well, actually camera lenses have always been expensive…)

Anyway, not only do you no longer require a physical darkroom and all the ‘space hugging’ equipment. You also no longer require film. Instead, a tiny SD Card with the capacity to hold a far greater number of photos than any 35mm roll of film. In fact, you can even record video on some DSLR cameras.

The principles behind both traditional and digital photography are relatively the same, only digital is much more efficient, plus provides far more control. There was once a time, though, when many photographers at first rejected the idea of going digital – however, in retrospect, it would seem evident that the whole digital photography process is now generally accepted. What do you think?

Imagine a complete darkroom condensed to a few Apps combined!

Now, let me tell you all about my little photo-editing secret. Quite simply, it’s a case of including Aurora HDR within my Software Folder. Aurora HDR is a standalone app that has a clean interface with quick and simple to use 1-click presets that allow you to quickly and more readily, and with a little tweaking, achieve your vision faster – it’s great!

I personally like the ‘speedy’ way in which Aurora HDR allows you to view and make your changes before any definitive commitment. There are so many things to like about Aurora, features such as; the Smart Tone slider, Clarity and HDR Denoise sliders, which I often find pretty useful. plus there’s batch processing, which I haven’t actually used yet, however, I do recognise the usefulness for client projects.

Plus I think YOU will like the fact that you can try Aurora HDR for free for yourself!

As far as I can tell Aurora HDR provides adequate, in fact, superb ‘colorization’ editing capabilities, I can only, for now, imagine how awesome Aurora HDR would handle a retouched Adobe PhotoShop™ image.

The thing is, Aurora HDR 2018 (for Mac and PC)  works both as a standalone app, as well as a plugin to Lightroom, Photoshop, with Adobe Elements and Aperture. So, that’s another good reason.

Download Aurora HDR 2018 (for Mac and PC) 


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Thought this was an interesting video that touches on the differences between digital and film
photography and using natural light.

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