HDR Wednesday : HDR Primer
October 20, 2010
What is HDR?
HDR or High Dynamic Range is a post processing technique that involves taking multiple photos of a scene using different exposures, darkest(under expose), normal exposure, and lightest(over expose) and later combining them together to achieve the so called high dynamic range which is not visible with a single normal exposure.
With advancement of new softwares like PHOTOMATIX Pro 4, NiK HDR Efex Pro, and Topaz Labs Topaz adjust, it is now possible to create an HDR from a single photograph.
Do I Need To Shoot in HDR? Why?
No, not really but there are times where you will need to or would want to. Here’s why, our camera’s even the latest DSLR’s in the market are not capable of capturing a scene the way our eyes can. In short, our eyes are a 1000 times more capable of seeing high dynamic range than any DSLR out there, and the only way to capture those High Dynamic Range is through creating an HDR Image.
What You’ll Need:
- Camera : A camera that is capable of bracketing. For now it doesn’t matter if it’s a DSLR or Point and Shoot. Please refer to your cameras user manual on how to enable or set bracketing on your camera. Just remember that what you need to do is to take at least 3 images of the scene with different exposures (under expose, normal, over expose.) More on this on my next HDR Tip….
- A Computer
- Recommended HDR Processing Software
Next Wednesday Camera settings…