Artistic or Photorealistic Photography
for All HDR Lovers
Hydra is a superb and easy to use piece of software. It has an amazing range of controls. It is easy to use. What more do you want?
Express & Pro
Something else is at stake indeed: camera sensors - how expensive they might be - are not sensitive enough compared to your eyes. They cannot cope with the full gamut of light because the sensor has physical limitations (which you don't have, as a human being). So, the difference you noticed was partly due to a technical issue. It also means you can use a technical trick to fix this: HDR photography!
High Dynamic Range Photography deals with combining different exposures of the same scene to create a stunning final image, which is called an HDR image.
Want to see some HDR examples made with Hydra? Have a look at this page.
How Does it Work?Take a series of regular photographs - some are underexposed and some are overexposed - either with a DSLR or a traditional point-and-shoot camera. Import these pictures into Hydra (up to 3 in the Express version, up to 7 in the Pro version), and let Hydra mix them. It will provide human eye-like perception to the output, the HDR image.
Each version has the same features whether it is sold on the Mac App Store, or through our store (i.e. Hydra Express on the Mac App Store is exactly the same application as Hydra Express on this website).
More information about Hydra Pro's exclusive features here.
This new tone mapper allows real-time previewing on full resolution for the best possible user experience. Moreover, it is fully user-controllable with easy to understand settings.
12 Tone Mapping PresetsFor the 1st time, Hydra 3 offers you a series of 12 tone mapping presets. They will give a fresh new look to your images you might never have thought of.
- Artistic Black & White
- Contrasted Surrealism
- Soft Surrealism
- Arabesque Silhouettes
- Crispy Clouds
- Tinted Sky
- Reds Only
- Sepia Tones
Numerous Adjustment ControlsNext to the presets, there are more new controls awaiting you:
- You can fine-tune the image by adjusting for each scope: the overall exposure, hue, saturation, brightness, contrast, or by enhancing shadows & highlights, or details.
- Scopes are available for local, specific adjustments of the image: bright areas, dark areas, red tones, green tones, or blue tones.
- You can use probes to select areas based on distance, color, or brightness tolerance, and modify these areas. This custom scope selection with probes is only available in Hydra Pro.
- You can make use of snapshots to save several images with different presets in the current Hydra project, and easily compare these images.
And last but not least, Hydra 3 enables you to work with full resolution photographs which can be previewed in full resolution and in real time. As a photo lover, you'll really appreciate.
Plug-in Compatible with Aperture 3Hydra talks with Aperture. You can directly import images from Aperture, or export them to Aperture (and the same for iPhoto by the way).
Hydra is also available as a plug-in compatible with Aperture 3. You can now create HDR images right from within Aperture.
Plug-in for Lightroom 3, 4 & 5Photoshop Lightroom users are going to rejoice. Hydra is also available as a plug-in for Lightroom 3, 4 & 5. So, you can use the pictures of the Lightroom library to render HDR images. Then, they will be automatically reimported into Lightroom and, if you wish, stacked with the input pictures.
How to Get the Plug-ins Working?Install the plug-in and the stand-alone version. Purchase a license of either Hydra Express or Hydra Pro, and register your copy of the stand-alone version (only if purchased through Creaceed's website). Keep the stand-alone version installed on your Mac. Then, you can use the plug-in with all features enabled.
Moreover, you can work on high resolution images in full size previewing and in real time.
The image information display is now more eye-catching so that you can quickly access meaningful data like image format, image size, pixel dimensions, ISO sensitivity, focal length, aperture, or exposure duration.
We also implemented the multitouch zoom in/out which will help Trackpad users a lot, as well as refined many keyboard shortcuts for high-end users.
Optimized for MavericksHydra 3 was developed from the ground up to take advantage of the latest enhancements available in OS X. It includes the fullscreen mode, autosaving and versioning, as well as automatic termination and restart.
★ locally saving your HDR images:
- You can of course export them to your iPhoto, Aperture, or Lightroom library.
- It is also possible to save them anywhere on your disk (Desktop, Documents...).
- post the HDR picture on your Facebook account (choose the image size, and add a caption)
- add the HDR picture to your Flickr account (choose the image size, add a caption, and indicate if the picture has to be made public or not)
- send a tweet with the HDR picture to your followers on Twitter (choose the image size, and write the message text)
- send it with the Mail application: the HDR image is automatically added to a new message.