Expose More Detail with HDR Photography

Expose More Detail with HDR Photography


2. Don’t Block the Shot

To start with, you’ll need at least three shots at varying exposures.




When selecting your subject, choose a relatively static scene. You’ll need to capture three or more exposures, so a bustling sidewalk is going to leave you with a mess of ghosts when the images are combined. Landscapes, architecture, and still-lifes give better results. You’ll also need a tripod or some other means to steady the camera. To really keep camera movement to a minimum, use the timer or a remote shutter release.


Perhaps the most important factor in choosing your subject is a high dynamic range or a wide range of colors and contrast. Seek out scenes that don’t traditionally photograph well. High-contrast and patchy, uneven light make for the most dramatic HDR images.




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stands for High Dynamic Range.



You wrote a whole article about HDR Photography without telling us what "HDR" means.



Is this in the mag as well, or only on the website? If it is website only, any chance we could get a downloadable PDF edition of useful things like this?



There is another technique for capturing the highest possible dynamic range out of your image; it's called film. Shoot film, and scan it yourself for the best of the old and new. Thank you!



I take pictures rarely enough that I would never finish a roll in time, as I hear you should get it developed within a certain timeframe of putting it in the camera.

I take lots of throwaway pictures.

The price of film is increasing, and developing is expensive.

The environmental ramifications of film are substantive.

Ultimately, for many many people (including me) film just is not a great option. And if I'm not mistaken, bracketing was pioneered for higher dynamic range using film cameras, and digital application came later.



More environmental alarmism. It seems to be everywhere these days.
I submit that the manufacturing and disposal of digital cameras and other often barely used electronic products is more of a tax on the environment than the occasional roll of film.
Your negatives will likely be around longer than the digital files, too.
Not because digital files can't last but technology changes so quickly and the majority of people won't do the constant maintenance of transferring files as is needed, also a waste of time, money for newer equipment, and electricity.
I saw a while back a segment on TV about a book, the premise of which was how counter intuitive good environmental practices can be. It was suggested that if you live more than a mile to the grocery store it would be better to take the car than walk.
Just food for thought.
I'm sure the self described, yet in large measure "phoney" environmentalists will forgo the new electronic craze of large flat screen TVs. The most environmentally friendly TV is the small, B&W units from years ago.
Imagine that.

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