High Dynamic Range Imagery allows you to create effects that are un-human to a normal eye, these effects are impossible to create with usual photographic processes. HDR creates a powerful, luminous and normally un realistic image. It is highly popular in landscapes and is often seen in film promotion photography. Most DSLR’s are equipped with AEB (Automatic Exposure Bracketing), this allows you take the photo 3 times at 3 different exposures. This creates the base for then creating the HDR in photoshop.
- Select AEB mode in settings
- Select continuous shooting
- Choose aperture mode (so you do not change D.O.F in each exposure)
- Use a tripod (if necessary)
1. The four images above are all examples HDR that I produced today. The first of the four, was an example of fairly subtle HDR effects, simply using bracketing for 3 different exposures, then using photoshops HDR Pro facility to put the images together and work on them.
2. The next image is an example of a more popular form of HDR. It is heavily used to make to dramatise the scenario, this is an example of common HDR practice in commercial photography. Again, using 3 exposures then working on them in HDR Pro.
3. The next image, inside the church, is example of an extreme HDR effect. I personally don’t like this effect, however I think when used properly it can add positive dimension to an image. This is also using the same practice as before
4. The last image is an example of HDR Toning. Instead of using 3 exposures, I simply used one images and opened it in Photoshop > Image > HDR Toning. This allows you to edit settings to create a HDR style withought Automatic Exposure Bracketing.