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

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    \$\begingroup\$ You used the HDR tag, so I am going to assume that you want to "put them together" as to create an HDR image. \$\endgroup\$
    – dpollitt
    Oct 17, 2011 at 17:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ exactly. sorry for not being clear \$\endgroup\$
    – Pablo
    Oct 17, 2011 at 17:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Pablo: you can edit the question and title to be more clear. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Oct 17, 2011 at 18:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ @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. \$\endgroup\$
    – jrista
    Oct 18, 2011 at 2:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @jrista: costly, for non-profit :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Pablo
    Oct 19, 2011 at 7:03

4 Answers 4


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.


They have an Aperture/Lightroom and Photoshop plugin.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I tried Nik HDR EFX Pro and the results are pretty exciting. Wondering if I can use it within LR... \$\endgroup\$
    – Pablo
    Oct 18, 2011 at 13:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, I think the Aperture plugin is also a LR plugin. You should be able to download a demote to try out. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 18, 2011 at 20:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ +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/…) \$\endgroup\$
    – el_migu_el
    Oct 19, 2011 at 9:24
  • \$\begingroup\$ @el_migu_el The link to Nik Software is no longer valid 😞 \$\endgroup\$ Aug 6, 2018 at 23:38

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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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.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I tried Hugin, but seems it can not work with RAW files, only jpeg? \$\endgroup\$
    – Pablo
    Oct 17, 2011 at 18:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Right, not RAW, but it can handle tiff, so you can avoid lossy compression. \$\endgroup\$
    – chills42
    Oct 18, 2011 at 12:14

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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