HDR Photography

 

HDR Image

HDR Image

I have recently tried my hands on HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photos. Wow, it was pretty interesting to see the amount of details our cameras miss out.

HDR photography to my understanding, is a process of combining multiple photos of different exposures into 1 photo with all the Range in it. From shadows in the underexposed to the highlights in overexposed. It is more technical than what i have stated here but the following steps might help anyone who wants a basic understanding of the workflow.

Step 1

   To create a HDR image such as above, I shot 3 photos of the same subject, with varying Exposure settings. To capture the subject multiple times, I used a tripod and Auto bracketing function that came with my Nikon D90. Most DSLR these days have this function in-built. Some DSLR Cameras offer more shots than my D90, which only lets me shoot 3 images of different exposures automatically. You can check here for more details on your specific camera type. So once i learned how to use the Auto bracketing, i setup my camera to get 3 continuous shots with different exposures. The result was…..

UnderExposed( 2 stops)

Properly Exposed

OverExposed( 2 stops )

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2

  Now the different exposures can be merged into one, with softwares such as Photoshop or Photomatrix. You can get 30 days trial version of Photoshop Here

If you are using Photoshop CS5 or CS6, there is a cool in-built Merge to HDR Pro function in it. Easy to use and much more powerful than its predecessors. To access HDR pro…

To access HDR Merge Pro

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step3

 

Load the desired photos into HDR pro, once loaded it looks like this…

Load Images in HDR Pro

Now to tweak it extensively. I used Scott Kelby’s method of tweaking in HDR pro. You can get his settings HERE.

If you are still unsure of what each control does, then do what i did. Watch this Video tutorial by A.J.

 

 

Some great HDR sites for inspiration.

Thats it for now. A simple guide on how to create a HDR photo. I know i didnt elaborate well on certain steps, but hey, there is always Google. Have fun.