What Is HDR Photography And How Is It Accomplished?

Here’s A Quick Tutorial.

HDR Photography

If you’re new to photography you may have noticed the term HDR photography kicking around and wondered to yourself what the heck it was actually all about. Well to clear it up for you HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and involves capturing between 3 and 11 images of the exact same scene from the exact same spot, which just means yes you will need a tripod for this.

This type of photography is used when you want to capture scenes that have a big difference between light and dark areas. An example of this might be where you are taking photos indoors and you not only need to see your subject but also what is going on in a brighter area behind them. The example used in the video below is that of a building where the photographer wanted to highlight the building as well as making the sky behind it more dramatic.

Now let’s get down to the mechanics of this. The process of capturing these images is known as exposure bracketing and entails taking one normal picture, then one two f-stops underexposed and another two f-stops overexposed. Now you can extend this process out to any number of images you want but 11 should probably be the maximum. Luckily many cameras have this feature already built in so all you do is select feature and then press the button. The camera will then automatically take all the pictures you need at once. These images are then uploaded to Adobe Light Room, Photoshop or any number of other programs that can automatically combine the images into one photo.

Other than drone on here in written words about how you can create your own HDR photography it’s probably best just to have you watch the video below. In that video you will be walked through capturing images as well as loading them into the software that will create the magic.




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