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

    | Photography Tutorials | Tutorials | 12/09/2012 02:00am

    Which scenes cause problems for Dynamic Range



    Dynamic Range Problems: scenes with backlighting

    If you’re shooting into the sun or any other bright light source, the side of the subject facing the camera will be in shadow – there’ll be a huge brightness difference between your subject and the background.


    Dynamic Range Problems: scenes with bright skies

    Bright skies
    Overexposed skies spoil landscape shots. On overcast days, the sky can be many stops (EV) brighter than the scene you’re photographing. A graduated filter will bring the sky within the camera’s dynamic range.


    Dynamic Range Problems: interiors / exteriors

    The difference between a window-lit interior and a daylight scene outside will almost certainly be too great for a single exposure. To show any detail through the windows, you’ll need to use HDR techniques.


    Dynamic Range Problems: light sources in the frame

    Light sources in the frame
    If you include light sources within the frame, the light source will be too bright to record at an exposure which renders the rest of the scene normally. Just accept that this area will be overexposed.

    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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    Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 at 2:00 am under Photography Tutorials, Tutorials.

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