HDR Photos

HDRPhotos.org provides HDR photographer enthusiasts with a place to learn, study and discuss HDR photography. Good day, enjoy your time at HDRPhotos.org. Take a look around and read some great HDR tutorials or learn what HDR can do for you and take your photography to a new level. If used correctly, HDR is a technique that really can make your photography stand out. High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is about making good use of shadows, mid tones and the highlights. By using multiple exposures we can merge these together to make one perfect image.

HDR Photography Methodology

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it is one of the most used techniques in photography today. It is essentially a combination of methods used to achieve a larger exposure range that represents both light and dark areas equally.

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range imaging, and it’s a photography technique recently introduced to smartphones like the iPhone and some Android devices or with the use of special apps. HDR should make your pictures look better, but it depends on when you use it.

How HDR Photography Works

HDR, is a technique to add more “dynamic range” to photos, where dynamic range is the ratio of light to dark in a photograph. The main difference over standard photography is that HDR uses at least three photos, shot at different exposures. You can then use photo editing software to assemble those images together and highlight the best aspects of each photo. In the case of HDR on smartphones, it is mostly automated — just take your photo and you should get one regular photo and one HDR photo.

The extra processing is the reason why when you turn HDR mode on, your phone takes a little more time to take the photo. It’s actually taking at least three pictures, instead of just one.

When Should HDR be used?

As observed earlier, HDR is designed to help you take more detailed photos, especially in certain situations. Here’s where you should try using HDR:

Portraits in Sunlight: HDR is perfect for still portrait photography. HDR will highlight all features, fill in all the light in darker areas and just make the picture look more complete, detailed and living.

Landscapes: Landscapes work great in HDR as you have a still photo to take the 3 photos needed or more if you have a camera with advanced HDR features. The differences in contrast can be better portrayed in an HDR image. Some of the most spectacular images you will view are HDR landscapes.

When Shouldn’t HDR be used?

In some situations HDR can make your pictures look worse. The following situations are when HDR is usually not better:

Pictures with Movement – If any parts of the photo are moving, HDR could make the movement seem a blur. The important thing is to remember that HDR takes three pictures, so there will be a time from the first frame to the 3rd one, if any movement happens while those shots are processed then that movement will be shown on the final HDR image.

High-Contrast Photos: Some photos look better with a strong contrast between the dark and light parts of the photo.

The good thing is that most HDR smartphones will produce two images: one with HDR enabled, and one with disabled. That means that you can always give HDR a try and see what the two photos look like before deciding if you will use the feature or not.