HDR Digital Photography

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HDR Photography for Landscapes and Nature

A method known as high-definition range (HDR) photography enables you to create landscape and nature images that have a wider range of colors and tonality than previously possible with digital photography [more…]

Shoot Landscape Images for Your HDR Photo

Creating landscape and nature images to merge into HDR isn’t rocket science, but you have to follow a sequence and use some specific tools. The images you merge using HDR software need to be perfectly [more…]

Create an HDR Landscape Image in Photoshop Elements 9

If you don’t have Photoshop or Lightroom coupled with Photomatix or HDR Efex Pro, you can get a a surprisingly realistic HDR image by merging exposures in Photoshop Elements. To merge exposures in Photoshop [more…]

Take a Landscape Panorama Picture

Landscapes that go on for miles and miles and miles deserve special treatment. Instead of creating a landscape image with the standard digital photography 4:3 aspect ratio, go really wide and create a [more…]

Stitch Panorama Images in Photoshop Elements

After you take landscape images for a panorama, you stitch them together to make a single image. Many newer cameras have stitching software as part of the package. If your camera doesn’t have stitching [more…]

How to Configure Your Camera for HDR Photography

One of the most important elements of shooting high dynamic range photography is configuring your camera. You change the settings to optimize the outcome for HDR rather than a traditional digital photograph [more…]

Set Up Exposure Compensation for HDR Photography

Exposure compensation bracketing is a fantastic workaround for compact digital cameras when you want to take high dynamic range photos. It enables you to take a camera without manual controls or auto bracketing [more…]

HDR Photography: Prepare to Manually Bracket a Scene

Some digital cameras do not have Auto Exposure Bracketing, which is used for making high dynamic range images. Some, for example, the Sony Alpha 300 — a great entry-level dSLR that has auto bracketing [more…]

HDR Photography: How to Dial in Auto Bracketing

Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) is a fantastic time-saver for high dynamic range photography. You don’t have to fiddle with exposure controls in the middle of the shot, as with manual bracketing. All you [more…]

HDR Photography: Set Up Auto Exposure Bracketing

Some cameras require pre-configuring underlying AEB settings before using auto bracketing. A Nikon D200 is used here to illustrate the steps to set up auto exposure bracketing. That’s right — this step [more…]

What is HDR Photography?

High dynamic range photography is a twofold process. You take pictures; you process pictures. Everything revolves around or is a part of these two activities. Each pillar builds a different part of the [more…]

HDR Images Rescue Details from Shadows

One of the things high dynamic photography is meant to do is bring details out of shadowy areas. The photo in this figure looks west at sunset. The sky is reasonably light, and you can make out the clouds [more…]

HDR Images Tame Highlights

One strength of high dynamic range photography is the ability to tame highlights, which are often blown out in traditional photos — that is, the camera ran out of room to store brightness information. [more…]

HDR Photography for Interior Spaces

High dynamic range photography is perfectly suited for interior spaces — and the larger the better. This HDR image illustrates the sanctuary of a large church lit with overhead room chandeliers, a few [more…]

HDR Images Enhance Details

High dynamic range photography works well for large scenes, but it also enhances smaller subjects that have lots of detail. This HDR image shows the ceiling in the lobby of the historic Tower Bank in Fort [more…]

People as Subjects of HDR Photography

Most people think of landscapes and other photos of inanimate objects when they think of high dynamic range images, but HDR photography works just as well with people as your subject [more…]

HDR Images and Windows

What you see in person facing a window is often a well-balanced scene with a high dynamic range, something like the right side of this HDR image. (It is perhaps artistically embellished a smidgen, but [more…]

HDR Photography as Art

Some people shoot high dynamic range photographs just because they look cool, as art. These people aren’t constrained by a rigid set of rules or procedures: They’re artists. [more…]

Get Started with HDR Photography

There’s a lot to high dynamic range photography. One of the things that makes it most interesting is that it has elements that appeal to whatever side of your brain you use most, or both. If you’re a technically [more…]

Research Camera Gear for HDR Photography

Use every tool at your disposal to investigate the general types of photography gear you’re interested in for high dynamic range photography, and then zero in on specific makes and models. Keep in mind [more…]

Compare Camera Controls for HDR Photography

Choosing your camera is the best place to begin when you’re buying equipment for high dynamic range photography. Here are the camera control options and what they bring to the table. [more…]

Disadvantages of Compact Digital Cameras for HDR Photography

With compact digital cameras that feature manual modes and even auto bracketing, you’re set to get started with high dynamic range photography. However, you can’t take action shots or hand-held HDR because [more…]

Benefits of Compact Digital Cameras for HDR Photography

Compact digital cameras (sometimes called digital point-and-shoot cameras) are the cheapest entry into high dynamic range photography. You can buy one for about [more…]

High-End Compact and Super-Zoom Cameras for HDR Photography

Taking a step up from compact digital cameras in the budget range, you will find more expensive compact digital cameras for HDR photography, also called high-end compacts, super-zooms, and dSLR look-alikes [more…]

Disadvantages of Super-Zoom Cameras for HDR Photography

There are a million-and-one camera and gear choices out there for high dynamic range photography. One category is that of high-end compact digital cameras, also called super-zoom cameras, or dSLR-like. [more…]

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