High Dynamic Range photography is becoming a very popular form
of art to allot of photographers. It definitely hooked me once I
figured it out. For those of you who don't know how it's done I
will give you my take on the process. There are many definitions
of HDR floating around out there. Hard core HDR fans swear that
it's only HDR if its shot in RAW format and multiple photos of
the same scene are shot with the same ISO setting but with the
aperture set to a negative then neutral and then positive.
Example (-2, 0, +2). This will require a tripod. Software is
then used to merge the three or more images into one image with
a higher dynamic range. At this point the image has a high
definition look. Few stop here. Most will go on to alter most of
the settings in the example to the left. When this is done it is
called tone mapping. Most photographers make at least minor
adjustments. So is it real HDR now? That is the million dollar
question. Some software applications allow you to take a single
RAW or High Jpeg and create a HDR image. This is done by mapping
in the camera curve. I have used this method as well as taking
multiple images and merging them. I believe in both cases it's
HDR. And allot out there will disagree. What I will tell you is
that this is a form of art and I try to get my photos to look
like a cross between a high resolution image and a painting. My
recommendation is to please your eyes and have fun with it.
Below are some examples of my work.
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