Mastering Aurora HDR 2018 Online Training Video

With Fine Art Photographer & Educator Matt Suess

Mastering Aurora HDR 2018 Online Training Video - with Matt Suess


Aurora HDR 2018 is the newest version of Macphun's hugely popular HDR editing program used by both enthusiasts and pros, and now available for Mac's & PC's.

Learn how to edit your photos in the best HDR program available in my comprehensive step-by-step online course. This is the most complete HDR training video available for HDR photography and post processing with Aurora HDR 2018!

This course features all new recordings and has more videos and more content than my Aurora 2017 course.

It is the most complete training video available for Machpun's Aurora HDR 2018!

Course Features

  • Over 80 videos!!
  • The Most Complete Aurora HDR Online Course Available
  • Video available in HD 1080p
  • Course photos are included so you can follow along and practice
  • Workflow options for using with other programs like Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Luminar, ON1 Photo, Photoshop, Affinity Photo, and more.
  • Videos on using Layers and Masks and the tools to create them
  • Videos explaining each of the 14 Filters in Aurora plus Lens Corrections and Transform - great to return to for quick review
  • Available in Streaming Only AND Downloadable Versions
  • Watch the videos as often as you like
  • A set of FREE Presets I created are included
  • The online course features access to a private group on my website to ask questions where I and other students can answer
  • And much, much more!

Expected Course Curriculum - Partial List

Chapter 01 - Download Course Photos, Presets & Videos 

  • Welcome Message and About this Online Course

Chapter 02 - Some Basics First - 31:56

  • 01 - What's New in Aurora HDR 2018 - 10:19
  • 02 - Welcome Windows Users - 11:18
  • 03 - Finding Your Personal Creative Style - 10:19

Chapter 03 - Let's Talk About HDR - 20:40

  • 01 - What is HDR? - 01:56
  • 02 - When HDR Goes Bad - 03:57
  • 03 - When and How to Shoot HDR - 03:36
  • 04 - Check Your Histogram - 04:03
  • 05 - What About Flat Days? - 01:49
  • 06 - Tips on getting the best HDR shots - 02:55
  • 07 - What About Split Neutral Density Filters? - 02:24

Chapter 04 - Getting Files Ready For Aurora - 17:17

  • 01 - Using RAW Files With Aurora - 02:19
  • 02 - Pre-Process RAW Files First Before Aurora - 06:14
  • 03 - Should I Use RAW or Pre-Processed Files? - 03:27
  • 04 - Using Single Exposures - 02:03
  • 05 - Single Exposure RAW Processed Into Multiple Exposures - 03:14

Chapter 05 - Sending Photos From Other Programs To Aurora And Back - 24:26

  • 01 - Installing Aurora as a Plugin - 01:45
  • 02 - From Photoshop to Aurora - 03:55
  • 03 - Lightroom to Aurora And Back - 05:30
  • 04 - Capture One Pro to Aurora And Back - 02:41
  • 05 - ON1 Photo RAW to Aurora And Back - 03:25
  • 06 - Luminar to Aurora - 02:01
  • 07 - Affinity Photo to Aurora - 02:37
  • 08 - Apple's Photos to Aurora And Back - 02:32

Chapter 06 - The Interface - 31:55

  • 01 - Opening Images - 02:22
  • 02 - Interface Overview - 05:25
  • 03 - Aurora HDR 2018 Menu (Mac Only) - 02:05
  • 04 - File Menu - 05:06
  • 05 - Edit & Image Menus - 01:50
  • 06 - Layers Menu - 04:31
  • 07 - Filters & Tools Menus - 02:21
  • 08 - Plugins Menu (Mac Only) - 01:01
  • 09 - Mask Menu (Mac Only) - 01:58
  • 10 - View Menu (Mac Only) - 02:12
  • 11 - Window, Skylum Account, & Help Menus - 03:04

Chapter 07 - The Filters - 1hr 11minutes

  • 01 - Intro to Filters - 03:08
  • 02 - Transform - 02:22
  • 03 - Lens Correction - 02:16
  • 04 - HDR Basic - 07:37
  • 05 - Color - 02:49
  • 06 - HDR Structure - 03:23
  • 07 - HDR Denoise - 02:41
  • 08 - Image Radiance - 02:56
  • 09 - Polarizing Filter - 01:40
  • 10 - HDR Details Boost - 03:44
  • 11 - Glow - 01:31
  • 12 - Top & Bottom Tuning - 04:32
  • 13 - Tone Curve - 04:30
  • 14 - HSL - 04:03
  • 15 - Color Toning - 03:17
  • 16 - Dodge & Burn - 07:02
  • 17 - Vignette - 03:40

Chapter 08 - Enhancing Photos - Part 1 - the Basics

  • Cropping
  • Saving & Exporting Photos
  • Opening Image Dialog Including Ghost Reduction, CA Removal, Color Denoise, & Alignment
  • About Presets
  • Importing your Aurora 2017 Presets into Aurora 2018
  • Starting With a Preset

Chapter 09 - Enhancing Photos - Part 2 - Layers & Masking

  • Adding an Adjustment Layer
  • Adding an Image Layer
  • Creating Masks
  • Luminosity Masks
  • Blend Modes

Chapter 10 - Enhancing Photos - Part 3 - Keeping Things Real

Chapter 11 - Enhancing Photos - Part 4 - Making Things More Artistic

Chapter 12 - Correcting Problems

  • Tips on Dealing With Too Much Noise in the Sky
  • Fixing Blown Out Highlights With an Original Source File
  • Dealing with Halos

Chapter 13 - Creative Enhancements

  • Black & White
  • Color Toning
  • Selective Coloring
  • Advanced Black & White
  • Texture Blending & Layer Blending Modes
  • Replacing Skies

Chapter 14 - Final Tidbits & Conclusion

  • Batch Processing
  • HDR Panoramas
  • Using Macphun Plugins Inside Aurora
  • Conclusion

Chapter 15 - BONUS: Deconstructing a Few of My Photos

Chapter 16 BONUS: Additional Videos

  • 01 - Aurora HDR 2018 vs Photomatix - 06:31
  • 02 - Processing a Fall Foliage Photo - 09:51
  • 03 - Adding Watermarks to Your Photos Using Aurora HDR 2018, Luminar, and Luminar 2018 - 05:53

Lessons above that list the length of time for the video are already completed and ready for viewing in the course.


Over 50 videos are now available to watch as of December 3, 2018.

Pre-Order Today and Get Instant Access to Videos as They Are Added To The Course!

My upcoming Mastering Aurora HDR 2018 Online Course is a huge undertaking. Rather than making you wait till the course is completely finished - expected to be finished by the end of November - you can take advantage of a special limited time savings of 40% off my course. As I record and edit videos, they will automatically be added to your course dashboard as soon as they are uploaded.

Note that course videos will not necessarily be added in order. Some Chapters will be finished before other chapters. If this is fine with you, place your order today to take advantage of the 40% special offer.

If you would rather wait until the course is completed, contact me and I will let you know when it is 100% finished. Note that the 40% savings will not apply at that time however.

VIDEO PRODUCTION SCHEDULE: New videos are being added to the course almost daily now with a goal of having it completed by early December (so I can then start work on my Mastering Luminar 2018 Online Course).

Over 50 videos are now available to watch as of December 3, 2018

Over 75 Videos
Videos Recorded in 1080p HD
Private Group & Forum to Ask Questions and Meet Fellow Students
Free Course Updates During the Life of Aurora HDR v2018.x
Special Upgrade Pricing Whenever Macphun Might Release a Aurora v2019 or later
Course Photos & FREE Presets
Streaming Video
Downloadable Videos

Streaming Only

$44.95 Regular Price is $74.95

This Special Pricing Only Available For A Limited Time - No Coupon Needed!

  • Over 75 Videos
  • Videos Recorded in 1080p HD
  • Private Group & Forum to Ask Questions and Meet Fellow Students
  • Free Course Updates During the Life of Aurora HDR v2018.x
  • Special Upgrade Pricing Whenever Macphun Might Release a Aurora v2019 or later
  • Course Photos & FREE Presets
  • Streaming Video
  • Downloadable Videos

What Matt's Students Have to Say

Actual testimonials from online, classroom, and field workshop students.

  • As someone new to photography, Matt was exceptional at cultivating my novice level while educating the group at a comprehensive level in the photography field. He worked relentlessly to provide us the knowledge necessary and incessantly positioned us in superlative places for stunning scenic and wildlife pictures. Matt has extraordinary talent in the realm of photography, however, he is equally as impressive with his teaching and relational skills with his students.
    Mike Parsons Mike Parsons
  • Thank you very much for a great workshop. I learned and practiced more things in this workshop than in all the others I have taken.
    Frank Croft Frank Croft
  • I found Matt’s one on one tutorial session was a perfect format for me to learn HDR. Matt’s warm and personal approach immediately put me at ease. Matt perfectly sized my skill level and personalized the pace so the information flow maximized my absorption of the subject I was able to interrupt and ask questions whenever I needed without concerns of interrupting a class. This really accentuated my climbing of the learning curve. Matt is a skilled teacher and made it “All about ME”. In two hours time Matt led me from neophyte to knowledgable user. I can’t imagine a more efficient way to enhance my photographic skills. The followup recording of our session provided positive reinforcement solidifying my new found expertise. I consider it a true value and a hyper efficient methodology for skill transfer. I will be using Matt’s skills as an expert teacher again. I look forward to our next session.
    Jay McDonald Jay McDonald
  • This was the class I was looking for. I had been using Perfect Photo for about a year and had watched some of the video presentations but did not really have the feel I wanted for the program. I had been searching for several months for someone to teach a face-to-face class and finally came upon Matt after seeing a link through on1’s emails. This was a crash course but it was perfect. Great explanations and demonstrations with plenty of time to ask questions and receive one-on-one time when needed. Matt’s experience as photographers and users of the software was very evident. It’s nice to have someone who actually uses a program in real life situations instead of a company representative. After sitting through this class, I can now start to do more with my photos and use Matt’s and on1’s videos as refreshers to the class. I now have a better understanding of the capabilities of the program and what I want to do or need to do with my photos.
    Richard Hart Richard Hart Tampa, FL

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F.A.Q's Regarding Matt's Mastering Aurora HDR 2018 Online Course

Will I get access to the entire course today following payment?

No not the entire course. During this special pre-order phase, I am currently recording the course and posting it online video by video. By pre-ordering today, you will be able to save 40% off the course, and you will be able to watch videos as they are posted – you won’t have to wait for the entire course to be finished before you start watching.

VIDEO PRODUCTION SCHEDULE: New videos are being added to the course almost daily now with a goal of having it completed by early December (so I can then start work on my Mastering Luminar 2018 Online Course).

Over 50 videos are now available to watch as of December 3, 2018

Can I just wait to order once the course is finished?

Sure thing! Just contact me and I will let you know once it is complete. However the 40% discount only applies to orders taken during pre-order and won’t be available once the course is finished.

Why not just release the entire course at once instead of doing it this way?

With over 80 videos planned and hours and hours to watch (my Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 Course had over 5 hours of content – this course will most likely have more) this gives those who desire a head start to start watching and learning right away.

Besides the savings and early access to some of the videos, what other benefits are there to pre-ordering?

You will also get immediate access to my students-only forum on my website dedicated to this course for you to ask questions and meet and learn from other students. I am exploring other ideas/benefits too for “early adopters”.

If I order the Streaming Only version, can I upgrade to the Downloadable version in the future?

Sure thing! Just contact me and I will upgrade you at a cost of the current price difference between the 2 versions at the time of your order.

I already own your Mastering Aurora HDR 2017 course. Is this course a free update to that one?

No it’s not. My Mastering Aurora HDR 2018 course will be completely re-recorded with more videos and some different content compared to my 2017 course. The videos are based on my latest techniques for shooting and processing HDR photos with Aurora HDR.

Students of my 2017 course can get my 2018 course at a special Aurora HDR alumni discount of 55% for a limited time. If you didn’t receive my email explaining how to purchase it at that special price contact me.

Can I see a list of the videos for your 2018 course so I can compare those to the 2017 course I have?

Sure thing! On this page I have a list of videos planned for this course (with a few more to be added to this list once I get closer to finishing recording). You will notice over 30 new videos compared to my 2017 course. And other videos that may appear similar have been re-recorded to reflect changes made to the program. For example algorithms for many sliders have been enhanced and these new videos will reflect those changes showing you how to make better use of them.

Can I watch these on my phone, tablet, etc?

You should be able to stream them on any device. If you have the Downloadable version, you can download them to your iPhone or iPad (probably other phones/tablets too – I am only familiar with Apple products). First you would download the video files in zip format, then when you extract the zip, you will have mp4 video files that you would transfer to your device via iTunes.

I have the Windows version of Aurora HDR 2018. Is this course still for me?

Absolutely!! Note that most videos are recorded on a Mac, however I just purchased a Windows computer to do some videos showing the Windows version. Eventually both versions will be the same, but there are currently some differences and I will point them out.

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