As promised, I have put together what I hope will be an easy to understand and follow tutorial of creating HDR (High Dynamic Range) Images.
I think it is only fair to give you a basic understanding of what HDR Imaging/Photography is, and confess – they say that you learn something new every day of your life, and whilst putting this tutorial together I have actually learned something new.
What is HDR Imaging/Photography?
HDR or High Dynamic Range Imaging is a technique of using several differently exposed images, either digitally, or using several negatives when processing a single image.
Using this method allows for a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image. If you were to simply take a single photograph, not everything will be visible in the resulting image. For example, if you were to take a photograph of a sea-scape, you would either have an image with greater detail in the sky, or greater detail in the foreground, but not both.
To get both, you need at least two (three is better) separate images, an image which shows the detail in the sky, and a second showing the detail in the foreground and combine the two on the computer (or expose the two negatives together).