Luminance HDR is an open source software designed specifically for HDR Imaging tone mapping. It supports JPEG, TIFF and even RAW files straight from most digital SLR cameras and other high-end point-and-shoot cameras. HDR Imaging, or high dynamic range imaging, is the process of allowing a wider range of luminances between the darkest and brightest areas of a certain picture to display a more accurate representation of intensity levels in real life.

Luminance HDR makes it easy for photographers and photo enthusiasts to map the tones of one scene taken with different exposure settings. It effectively combines them all into one single photo with higher dynamic ranges. Luminance HDR is quite easy to use even for novice photographers to tone map these photographs into more realistic photos.

HDR imaging also allows the photos’ dynamic ranges or contrasts to be exagerrated and thereby be more artistic than they usually are.

Single RAW shot tonemapped with Luminance HDR

Aside from the three file formats stated above, Luminance HDR supports OpenEXR, Radiance RGBE, and PFS native format. It is also compatible with PNG, PPM, and PBM.

The software is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OSX users, so photo enthusiasts and hobbyists who use just about any operating system would surely have a piece of this helpful and easy-to-use software.

Supported features:

  • Create an HDR file from a set of images (formats: JPEG, TIFF 8bit and 16bit, RAW) of the same scene taken at different exposure setting.
  • Save load HDR images.
  • Rotate, resize and crop HDR images.
  • Tonemap HDR images.
  • Copy exif data between sets of images.
  • Supports internationalization.

Related Links:
Luminance HDR HomePage

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