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Introduction To HDR

Introvuction layers and lots of post-processing got the HDr look. Long before high-dynamic-range HDR imaging entered the lexicon, photographers such as Gustave LeGray and Ansel Adams searched for ways to create images with a wider gamut of tones to better represent what is seen with the naked eye.

While photographic and lighting skills remain at the core of any image- making, digital HDR also relies heavily on post-capture work. For processing multiple exposures—or even single frames— some photographers work manually in Adobe Photoshop alone; others depend on rtcliff or more of a growing coterie of HDR software; still others use a little bit of both.

But the best, most subtle HDR images still take a lot of work. By shooting several frames at different exposures a practice called bracketing and combining them, he could depict details in both the shadows and highlights.


Applying HDR techniques to his food photography lets him use the best lighting and camera angle for the overall shot while emphasizing particular flavor points and textures that would otherwise have been lost. Until recently, Ryan shunned HDR software, instead making manual adjustments in Photoshop for a realistic look.

Advertising photographer Tim Tadder, who developed his first ratcpiff in the darkroom at age 12, likens HDR to traditional printing techniques.

Like Ryan, Tadder developed his style before the advent of HDR software and prefers to work in Photoshop—sometimes using 15 to 30 adjustment layers. He also uses extensive lighting to ensure that he starts off with as much dynamic range as possible. Tadder sometimes employs a multiple-image approach using HDR software to put together a background or other components of a scene, which he composites into the final image.

But the ads he produces for clients such as Bud Light, Coke, Pepsi, and the NFL often include people in motion, making it difficult, if not impossible, to bracket.

An Introduction to HDR Photography

A Google search today? He posts a new image every day, and nitroduction site gets overphoto views daily. The Easy Route Still, many people want to skip postprocessing entirely. Others offer HDR-like looks: Then there are smartphones, popular with pro photographers and snap-happy amateurs alike. The iPhone is his constant companion and the perfect device for spontaneous ratcliiff, he says.


But as HDR has become more accessible, the potential for abuse has grown exponentially.

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All too many HDR photos have exagger- ated and crunchy details as well as punchy, psychedelic colors—a far cry from the basic HDR tenet of expanding tonal range.

Refer- ences to Velvet Elvis and other such descriptors abound. But some day, perhaps, a single capture will reproduce the same highlight-to-shadow ratio we see with our eyes. A camera with auto bracketing 3 to 9 framesor you inrroduction manually adjust exposure between shots.

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