The best HDR software in 2024: produce super-realistic high dynamic range images

Best HDR software: Photoshop CC HDR
(Image credit: James Paterson)

The best HDR software can tackle one of the biggest problems in digital photography – the dynamic range of an image sensor can’t yet match that of the human eye (or rather, the brain’s processing of light). While we can look at a scene and see detail in both deepest shadows and brightest highlights, the camera restricts this somewhat and the result is overexposed whites and underexposed blacks.

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Jase Parnell-Brookes

Jase Parnell-Brookes is an award-winning photographer, educator and writer based in the UK. They won the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. After completing their Masters Jase has spent a good chunk of two decades studying and working in photography and optics shooting and writing all over the world for big-name brands and media outlets. Now the Channel Editor for Cameras and Skywatching at their speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.