Basics of HDR Photography

The concept of High Dynamic Range, is pretty simple. Here’re some high level steps:

  1. Take 2 or more photos with the same composition/frame, with different exposures.
  2. Merge these pictures in post processing (i.e., LightRoom or Photoshop)

For example:

I took the following three shots using bracketing in my Nikon.


One stop overexposed


Normal Exposure


One stop underexposed


After merging these pictures in Lightroom, here is the image I was able to receive this image. I increased the shadows (details from the underexposed image), and decreased the highlights. I’ve also increased the Contrast, Clarity, and Saturation as well, to make the picture pop more.



Hope this helps!



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