HDR Digital Photography

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What to Look for in HDR Photography Software

The most important element of high dynamic range photography is, not surprisingly, the HDR software application. This is what you use to turn your bracketed photos [more…]

Use Third-Party Raw Software for HDR Photography

You can buy or download a plethora of third-party Raw editors and converters to help you make high dynamic range images. If you’re unhappy with your current software and want to try something new, get [more…]

HDR Photography Software Options

The following software applications specialize in high dynamic range images. Read the description of the software and its strengths and weaknesses, peruse screen shots of some of them in action, and check [more…]

Extra Software for Your HDR Photography Workflow

The software applications described here assist high dynamic range images either on the front or back end. Some, like Photoshop, can handle every task. Others, like Photoshop Elements, are only useful [more…]

HDR Photography: Exposure

Because high dynamic range photography involves getting around the limitations of dynamic range in modern digital photography, it stands to reason that exposure is a critical concept to understand. When [more…]

HDR Photography: Photographic Stops/EV

A photographic stop is a principle that allows you to compare changes in exposure, which is an important concept for understanding high dynamic range photography. One stop doubles or halves the amount [more…]

HDR Photography: Bracketing

Bracketing is taking two or more photographs with different exposures of the same scene at the same time. It's an important step in high dynamic photography. [more…]

HDR Photography: Metering

High dynamic range photography is generally compatible with multi-metering, which evaluates all the light sources in a scene. You may need to switch modes, however, to take into account very bright or [more…]

Use Your Camera’s Software for HDR Photography

Camera manufacturers receive mixed reviews on their Raw conversion and image editing software for generating high dynamic range images. Some people love what they see, and some people hate it. [more…]

Meter with Your Camera in HDR Photography

Using a preconceived bracketing strategy in high dynamic range (HDR) photography works well, but the downside is not knowing whether you’re really capturing the full dynamic range of the scene with the [more…]

When to Shoot Single Exposures for HDR Photography

You need to know when and why to shoot single exposures for high dynamic range photography. This assures that you choose the right tool for the job, given the gear you have and the circumstance you’re [more…]

Minimum Requirements for Single-Shot HDR Photography

Single-exposure high dynamic range photography is a viable way to wring as much dynamic range from a single Raw photo as possible. The technology simply doesn’t exist to enable you to go out and shoot [more…]

Single-Exposure HDR Photography Terminology

High dynamic range photography has a lot of terminology competing to use the same words (exposure, bracket, Raw). It can be very confusing. For the purpose of clarity, some photographers distinguish between [more…]

Shoot HDR Photographs on the Go

This example is another reason single-exposure high dynamic range is so much fun and accessible. This photograph was taken with a smaller, lighter dSLR [more…]

Prepare Your Camera for Single-Shot HDR Photography

Switching from high dynamic range back to normal photography can mean changing a few settings on your camera. The great thing about shooting single-shot high dynamic photography is you don’t have to do [more…]

Compare Results for HDR Photography

The trickiest aspect of high dynamic range photography is the lack of consistency regarding what method (of the many) to use to achieve the best appearance in the final image. You can read about what methods [more…]

What are HDR Images and HDR Files?

HDR images and HDR files are two components of high dynamic range photography are at the heart of the matter. These are the things in HDR photography that put the H and the D in the R. Sometimes the terminology [more…]

HDR Photography: Choose a File Format

When you create a high dynamic range image, you’ll often be given the chance to save it as an HDR file for later use. Whether you save it as an HDR file depends partly on preference and partly on what [more…]

Convert Raw Photos for HDR Photography

If you shoot in Raw, you don’t have to convert those photos to another format (TIFF or JPEG) before you generate the high dynamic range image. If you wish to, however, you can convert your Raw photos and [more…]

Prepare RAW Photos for Conversion to HDR

Converting Raw photos for high dynamic range photography requires a different mindset than traditional digital photo processing, which aims to create the best looking photo possible. Here are a few differences [more…]

Convert Bracketed Photos for HDR

If you decide to convert your bracketed Raw photos to TIFFs or JPEGs before generating the high dynamic range image in an HDR application, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Create HDR Images in Photomatix Pro

An HDR image is different than the tone mapped image. High dynamic range images are generated first, using Photomatix Pro in this example, and then tone mapped to transform them into a relatively finished [more…]

How to Create HDR Images in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop creates HDR files from your bracketed images, as you would expect, smoothly and professionally. To generate high dynamic range images in Photoshop, follow these handy-dandy steps: [more…]

Decide How Many Brackets to Shoot in HDR

Knowing how many brackets to shoot is clearly an important factor in high dynamic range (HDR) photography. It provides the much-needed information of where to start manual bracketing and how to configure [more…]

Choose between More and Fewer Brackets in HDR

Reading about why you can or should shoot more or fewer brackets in high dynamic range (HDR) photography is one thing. Seeing the difference among different numbers of brackets of the same scene — and [more…]

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