Over the past few months I have really started to become interested in HDR (High Dynamic Range) photographs but I had no idea really what they were or how they were made. Perhaps its my background in education that sent me out to learn it for myself. After reading online, watching many tutorials, I think I’ve got the picture (pun intended). On our most recent trip, I decided it was time to put what I’ve learned to the test.
It’s a little crazy looking right? But that’s the point of HDR, I think, because it allows you to pull out the light, the dark, and the colors from the lightest of the light to the darkest of the dark, and everywhere in between. I do not believe that every photo should be taken and processed to this extreme but sometimes, it just fits and helps make the photo pop, makes it more dreamy, or helps accentuate certain aspects within the photo. The photo from earlier this week of Boulangerie Patisserie was an HDR composition and I felt it worked because it helped create a unique look on the glass case the pastries were in.
So, what is HDR? How is it done? Well, my early (still learning) understanding is that it is a 3 shot composition. One shot is underexposed, one is correctly exposed, and one is overexposed. The shots are taken in rapid succession so as not to create blur from movement in the photo. Then the photos are merged together, one on top of another, in photoshop and processed to create the HDR look. Below are the three shots that were taken to create the photo above.
This is just one of my first few attempts at HDR and I am still learning and practicing. I hope to one day create images as fabulous as some I’ve seen out there of the “world” in HDR.
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