Saturday, October 2, 2010

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography

Something that I've struggled with over the last few years is when I should create a high dynamic range (HDR) photograph.  These special images are created by blending multiple images with different exposures into one new image.  (You can also cheat if you're taking pictures in RAW and just use one image.)  In doing so you end up with an image that appears a little closer to what our eyes see in the scene.

However, you can also end up with an image that doesn't look at all realistic as with this type of post processing you could end up with over saturated colours, and/or an unrealistic oddly evenly exposed image.  Some people hate them, and others love them, admittedly they've also been over done the last few years.  I've included a couple examples below.  In each case the HDR image is on the top.

I will admit that in my case I think I like both HDR images better.  Spirit Island is a gorgeous place, however being able to see into those shadows really helps in my opinion.  Similaraly, the colour and clouds in the Great Pyramid picture are also more pronounced in the HDR variety.

Which do you like better?

1 comment:

  1. Dynamic range is a measure of the spectrum of light at various levels, from the darkest blacks to the brightest white, that can be displayed on the camera. You have a great hdr photos here. Have you ever used for editing?? I have a mac and search for a good hdr soft.