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I've decided to start capturing my local town's landmarks in HDR and am working on a page within my site devoted to this.  Now HDR has been around for a while in photography circles but a lot of people dont know what it is or ask why the images look the way they do.

 

So I'll try and explain briefly...

 

WHAT IS HDR PHOTOGRAPHY?


HDR is short for High Dynamic Range. It is a post-processing task of taking either one image or a series of images, combining them, and adjusting the contrast ratios to do things that are virtually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed.


An HDR image is commonly made by taking three photos of the same scene, each at different shutter speeds. The result is a bright, medium, and dark photo, based on the amount of light that got through the lens. A software process then combines all the photos to bring details to the shadows and highlights both. This helps to achieve the same task in the final photograph that the human eye can accomplish on the scene.


If you are new to it, then you may notice a slightly different “look and feel” to the photographs. I think they just have that extra "WOW" factor and can make a mundane image pop and come alive.  Some people in the profession dont like HDR and think it takes away from the art of photography, what do you think?