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.

DSC_6185.jpg

One stop overexposed

dsc_6183

Normal Exposure

dsc_6184

One stop underexposed

Result:

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.

DSC_6185-HDR.jpg

 

Hope this helps!

 

 

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