Create Realistic and Artistic HDR Photographs

"Peacefull Place. May 2011. Created using 5 Photographs using a Canon EOS 60D with a Canon EF-S 10-22mm Ultra Wide USM Lens

It’s been quite sometime since I did a post, especially in the hdr section of my site. I have been really busy at work for the past few weeks, but thankfully I had a little weekend break.

HDR or High Dynamic Range, is an excellent photographers tool if use right. Some people may tend to dislike it because they find hdr photographs as to be fake and unrealistic, and some say, it’s not even artistic. I have to agree with them at some point. I, myself don’t like surrealistic hdr images, but don’t get me wrong, I love HDR photographs and I love making them. I like to use it to create, realistic looking photographs.

When I create HDR photos, there are two questions I always asks, first is to How can I make it Realistic, and second is How can I make an ugly scene look beautiful and artistic?

Realistic: I use hdr to bring out the beauty and reality of the scene, like the first photo above and the two photos below:


Woodrow Wilson Bridge

Woodrow Wilson Bridge. November 2010. Created with 9 Photographs using a Canon EOS 20D and a Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 VC Lens


Fall Foliage

Woodrow Wilson Bridge. November 2010. Created with 9 Photographs using a Canon EOS 20D and a Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 VC Lens

For me the secret to a great looking HDR photograph, is control, we need to know when to stop, we need to know too much is too much. I don’t like HDR when it is overdone, too much contrast, too much saturation or too much of everything.

When I want to create an HDR, I really don’t think of going surrealistic, or unrealistic, instead I think of being artistic by thinking of how I can make an ugly scene look beautiful.


Urban Decay

Urban Decay. May 2011. Created with 5 Photographs using a Canon EOS 60D and a Canon EF-S 10-22mm F/3.5-4.5 Ultra Wide Angle Lens


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May 2011. Created with 3 Jpg Photographs using a Canon Rebel XS and a EF 50mm F/1.8


May 2011. Created with 3 Jpg Photographs using a Canon Rebel XS and a EF 50mm F/1.8

HDR is an excellent tool when use right, and HDR photographs doesn’t have to look fake or surreal, but in the end, it all depends on your approach and also on how you want your final photograph to come out. Me, when I create my HDR, my goal is to create realistic and artistic looking HDR images.

All photographs in this post was process using the the fantastic hdr toolPhotomatix Pro
excep for the Rockstar Photograph which was created using HDR Efex Pro

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