High Dynamic Range – HDR 01

This week I am challenging you to take HDR images. There is a nice article about HDR photography at the following link: http://lifehacker.com/5991508/what-is-hdr-and-when-should-i-use-it-in-my-photos. You can also go to www.youtube.com and type in “HDR photography” and you will find some interesting instructional clips. Let me just share a few comments that are sometimes overlooked:

1. Use a tripod! It is absolutely necessary for creating great looking HDR images!

2. If possible control and trigger your camera through a tablet or smart phone. You will capture identical frames if you don’t touch you camera or use the camera bracketing setting and trigger your camera through the timer (10 seconds).

3. Set you white balance manually. If you have it on automatic white balance you will likely get exposures with slightly different white balance settings.

4.  Before you purchase a program for HDR editing, definitely download the trial version. Not every HDR editor works the same.

5. In the beginning you may start with three images. As your skill level increases try five or more!

6. Don’t forget to have fun!

HDR 01

This is my final images.  Now compare this with the regular exposed shot.

HDR 01a

Over-exposed shot by two EVs

HDR 01b

Under-exposed shot by two EVs

HDR 01c

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