HDR (High Dynamic Range) – Photography

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I am sure those of you that like taking photographs, have heard of  something called HDR or High Dynamic Range Photography, and wondered to yourself, what exactly is HDR Photography?

Well it is the taking of at least three photographs of the same subject with a digital camera, one under-exposed, one exposed-normally and one over-exposed and using a program similar to PhotoMatix (which is available for Windows and Mac OSx) combine the three and produce some interesting creations.


You can also use a single image, and adjust the exposures of the image and re-save it and use those as your source images.

I will be doing a much more indepth tutorial on this subject in the very near future, but I was reading some of the blogs I follow and came across two really nice photographs that lend themselves really well to this cross-processing technique.

Both of these photographs have elements that really work well with the HDR Technique, they both have high-contrast colors, wood, and graffiti.

In the case of the first image, sourced from Mike’s Look at Life blog (hope you don’t mind) has some really wonderful colors in the wood of the barn, and the color of the trees work really well.

In the case of the second image, also sourced from Mike’s Look at Life blog (again I hope you don’t mind) has the red brick of the building for the colors, wood, and the graffiti also is highlighted when processed in this way.

Using the program, PhotoMatix by HDRSoft I was able to produce the following creations from the photographs above.  It was a very rough creation, using online photo editing software to change the exposure settings, normally I would use Adobe Photoshop to do it before processing.

Unfortunately, using a trial version of the PhotoMatix software, it will put watermarks over your images, but it is definitely worth the money.

Give this processing a try, and you will be amazed at some of the creations you can get from using this technique.  I have used it quite a bit in some of my photographs and exhibitions, and it has always gone down well.  Some will have you believe it is now over used, and in some respects it is, but if you don’t go too far with the settings and you produce something that is pleasing to the eye, then it something worth using.

As I previously mentioned I will post a proper tutorial in the near future if you are interested in learning how to do it.

Until next time…








2 thoughts on “HDR (High Dynamic Range) – Photography”

    1. Hi 2gadabout, Thank you for visiting my blog. It does require a fair bit of time investment to do it properly, but I think the results are worth it.


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