Posts Tagged With: Hydra Pro

Hydra Pro 3.1 Review

Is this the HDR software for you?

Let me start by saying that if you own a Windows PC then it isn’t for you… for no other reason than this is a Mac only app, and according to worldwide sales only 10.8% of you are mac users… so for one in ten of you, read on…


As a writer for HDR one, I was asked by the editor to do a review on Hydra Pro 3.1, his reason for giving it to me to do… he is one of the 89.2% that don’t own a Mac! I haven’t done many software reviews so this was going to be fun. I loaded the app onto my iMac and straight away I had some challenges… There were some things that Hydra Pro does REALLY well, and some other things it struggled with… time for me to redirect you to the FULL review with screen captures and a quick summary at the bottom for all of you that can’t be bothered reading the full review… Here is the full review on the HDR One Magazine Site.

Today’s iCandy – Fan Fair

When I was in China I visited many of the parks, and in the mornings, a lot of these parks let the locals in for free to do there daily excersize and the likes. They played all sorts of games and would dance to Chinese music. It was nice to see that they did this every day!

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Hydra Pro 3 review

My thoughts…

Recently I was asked to review the Hydra Pro HDR software for the HDR one online magazine. The software itself has a sexy User Interface and is very ‘Mac’ like. I have been using Photomatix for some time now and so I can give you a direct comparison and say that I would still choose Photomatix over Hydra. I am sure that as time goes on the Hydra software will become better but for now it is suffering from a couple of issues, the main being that it struggled to process larger files from my D800. The second issue that I found is that you have a lot of ability to control the final output image, and some of you would say this is a good thing, and I agree, but it is only good if it is easy to use and in the case of Hydra it starts to get confusing when you start making more advanced adjustments.

I think that all HDR software developers stop trying to be the one stop shop and just focus on making a program that is really good at tone mapping, aligning and de-ghosting. We can use Photoshop and a host of other plugins to add the final touches… just my thoughts!

Make sure you head over to and check out my full review… it should be published in the coming weeks…

Today’s iCandy

‘Fire in the Sky’ – Sometimes the sunrise doesn’t look like it going to be that great, this particular morning there was a storm off the coast and the cloud on the horizon was thick and heavy… this moment as the sun broke through lasted less that 2 minutes… it pays to be ready!

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Hydra Pro HDR Review

Coming soon to the HDR one online magazine!

If you’re into HDR photography like me then you will know there are a few different software packages available and a few different methods for achieving the look you’re after. You will also know that there isn’t one HDR software program that does it all. Is Hydra Pro 3 the answer?

My friend Jimmy who founded and runs HDR one, the internets premier online HDR magazine asked me to check Hydra Pro 3 out and right a review for the magazine. I am just about finished with my testing and I am adding the final points to my review. Keep an eye out for it on the HDR one site over the coming weeks… maybe it’s the HDR solution you’ve been looking for?

today’s eye candy – No Kidding

This is the Kids Pool at Castaway Island Resort in Fiji. The sign reads “no running, no jumping, no diving, no kidding!”, They have an adult pool too, but this one was much cooler so we spent most of our time in it!

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