What is HDR Photography?
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography is a form of photography which uses a combination of multiple exposures and post-processing to produce a finished image with no (or little) under and over exposed areas. This is because the multiple exposures which are combined are taken at multiple stops either side of the normal exposure, resulting in images which show details in shadows and overexposed areas. When combined, using HDR Photography Software, the results are striking images which show far more detail, then is visible with the naked eye, or even a standard camera exposure.
Typically, a HDR photograph is produced by combining 3 images – one dark, one normal and one bright. However, some images can have even more detail, by adding in more images of different exposures. HDR Photographers can then use specialist HDR Photography software, which will combine the images into a single file. The level of control over the finished image will rely on the program, but with skill and practice, the finished photo will look great and be full of detail, far beyond what our eyes are capable of seeing.
Each HDR Photographer approaches their editing in a unique manner, resulting in an array of possibilities from the same scene. When starting to learn HDR Photography, it is generally a good idea to start by producing 3 images – one photo 2 stops underexposed, one normally exposed and one 2 stops overexposed. You can then use HDR software and follow many associated tutorials to combine the photos into one finished image.
What equipment do I need for HDR Photography?
HDR Photography is often assisted by the use of a tripod, allowing for as much detail as possible to be in crisp focus. HDR Photography can be achieved with any camera that has a manually adjustable exposure setting. Do not despair if you do not have a camera with manual exposure capabilities, as there are now numerous smartphone apps, which allow you to create HDR Photos simply and easily, using your cameras in built camera.
Apart from the camera (and tripod), you will also require a computer capable of running the often large software applications, which will enable you to produce the finished images.