HDR Photography, otherwise known as high dynamic range photography is when you take a photograph through bracketing. You take the same photographed underexposed, overexposed, and then one of neutral setting. Then through software, such as Photomatrix, or others, you combine those photos into one.
This type of photography is suppose to bring out the best in the photo by capturing all the details between the three shots.
Some examples can be found below:
This picture was taken at Pasadena City Hall. As you can see, an HDR photograph really brings out the color of a picture, almost giving the photograph a painter eske feel.
HDR photography is really done well with buildings, bright colors, boats, and other vehicles. But begin to explore with all kinds of areas to find what you like best.
This was another photograph taken at the Pasadena City Hall. A regular picture will showcase the hallway, but the feel of this picture by doing HDR can give it an entirely different feel altogether. See the below picture of the hallway without HDR below:
What a difference, right?
HDR can even work in Black and White photography. Really, in the end, you have to play around with the photos, and find the right setting that works with the photograph.
I choose to use Photomatrix software, and have been happy with my results. I am only really beginning to play around with all the possibilities that HDR photography offers, but it’s been a lot of fun!
For those photographers out there that utilize HDR, what have been some of you tricks? What has worked for you?
And for those just beginning in photography, look into it because it’s a lot of fun!