Dynamic Range: what you need to know about capturing all the tones in a scene

Dynamic Range: what you need to know about capturing all the tones in a scene

High Dynamic Range techniques

 

HDR Tutorial: make HDR images from 2 exposures

HDR stands for ‘high dynamic range’ photography. It’s a two-stage process where you shoot a series of exposures of the same scene and then combine them using software to reproduce a wider range of tones than the camera could capture with a single exposure.

There are two approaches you can take. There’s the ‘realistic’ HDR technique, where you’re trying to manage a high brightness range, but want the photo to look normal, and there’s the ‘artistic’ approach, where you’re creating an obvious HDR effect with darkened highlights, detailed shadow areas, and strong outlines. HDR software can do both.

Camera makers, meanwhile, are starting to incorporate HDR modes in their cameras where the camera shoots a series of exposures and combines them in-camera. These are designed more for realism than artistic effect.

PAGE 1: Checking key areas of your picture
PAGE 2: High Dynamic Range techniques
PAGE 3: Scenes that cause problems for dynamic range
PAGE 4: How to measure dynamic range

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