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I'm looking for software in order to put files from bracketing together under Lion and create HDR image.

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You used the HDR tag, so I am going to assume that you want to "put them together" as to create an HDR image. –  dpollitt Oct 17 '11 at 17:44
    
exactly. sorry for not being clear –  Pablo Oct 17 '11 at 17:46
    
@Pablo: you can edit the question and title to be more clear. –  mattdm Oct 17 '11 at 18:38
    
@Pablo: Just out of curiosity, is Adobe Photoshop not sufficient? It has a pretty decent HDR merge feature built right in, so if you already have Photoshop (not sure if you do), you already have a tool. Photoshop is also readily available on MacOS. –  jrista Oct 18 '11 at 2:49
    
@jrista: costly, for non-profit :) –  Pablo Oct 19 '11 at 7:03

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The software I like best currently for HDR merging on the Mac is Nik HDR EFX Pro. It has a number of different ways you can vary the merge and so far has some of the more realistic tone adjustment I have seen.

http://www.niksoftware.com/hdrefexpro/usa/entry.php

They have an Aperture/Lightroom and Photoshop plugin.

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I tried Nik HDR EFX Pro and the results are pretty exciting. Wondering if I can use it within LR... –  Pablo Oct 18 '11 at 13:53
    
Yes, I think the Aperture plugin is also a LR plugin. You should be able to download a demote to try out. –  Kendall Helmstetter Gelner Oct 18 '11 at 20:40
    
+1 for Nik HDR Efex Pro works with (as plugin) Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom and Apple Aperture (niksoftware.com/hdrefexpro/en/entry.php?view=de/…) –  el_migu_el Oct 19 '11 at 9:24

I use Lightroom on a Mac to do most of my usual processing, so I opted for the LR/Enfuse plugin.

It is a "donationware" product, so the price is up to you, and the tool itself works wonderfully, and integrates extremely well into the Lightroom workflow.

Prior to my switch to Lightroom, I used Hugin, which is open source, and also uses enfuse from the panotools project under the covers to do the processing.

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I tried Hugin, but seems it can not work with RAW files, only jpeg? –  Pablo Oct 17 '11 at 18:58
    
Right, not RAW, but it can handle tiff, so you can avoid lossy compression. –  chills42 Oct 18 '11 at 12:14

I am not MAC user, but under Windows I used opensource Luminance HDR and as I see, it is also available for MAC, so you can try it.

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You could look at HDRtist and HDRtist Pro. They are both easy to use programs that on the easier to use side, with adjustment sliders for controlling the HDR effect(s).

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