HDR Photography: set up and process your first high dynamic range image

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    The essential set up for taking bracketed shots for HDR photography

    The essential set up for taking bracketed shots for HDR photography

    Tripod
    A sturdy tripod is essential as you need to take a sequence of shots that are in exact registration with each other. Extend the fattest legs first for extra stability and ensure the feet are firmly planted into the ground.

    Cable release
    Use a cable release so that you don’t need to touch the camera between the shots in your HDR photography sequence, reducing the chances of camera movement between the images. Your self timer is less useful as an alternative to a cable release as you’ll still have to press the shutter between shots.

    Wide angle lens
    The HDR photography effect can add real drama to a scene. To enhance and complement this we chose a low angle and a wide angle (20mm) focal length. Get nice and close to the foreground interest – in our case, the standing stone.

    Histogram
    Your digital camera’s histogram is a great way to assess the tonal qualities of your images. Switch your camera’s display to one of the histogram views and scroll though your sequence of images.

    Backpack
    The chances are you’re going to have to walk to the destination for your high dynamic range image, so ensure you use a good backpack and pack it with only the equipment you’re going to need.

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