This weeks post is something that I’ve wanted to try for a long time. HDR or high dynamic range is a method used in photography to allow greater range between dark areas and light areas of a photograph by combining multiple photos with different exposures into a single image. Our eyes have the ability to look at a scene and capture the details in the dark and bright areas at the same time. However, a camera can only capture a scene at a single exposure with a limited contrast range.
By taking multiple photos at different exposures and combining them in specialized software, you can create an image that is representative of the dark and light areas of a scene. The downfall, is that these images are sometimes over-processed and have a painting-type feel to them. I’m still undecided if I like the effect this produces or not.
The image below was a combination of 5 photos ranging in exposure. At one end of the spectrum, everything was nice and clear, and the light above the door was blown out (lost in the highlights). At the other end of the spectrum, the light and door were properly exposed, but the rest of the scene was black.