Monday, February 14, 2011

# 1 Reason to Shoot HDR

HDR Rocks.
Lots has been said about HDR (High Dynamic Range photography) on the internet. Seems some folks have a love-hate relationship with HDR: they love to hate it. :-)

Me? I love to love HDR for a very important reason – which is the #1 reason I shoot lots of HDR images: HDR lets me (and you) capture scenes as they look to our eyes.

Average Exposure.
For example, directly above is the average exposure of the scene in the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach, Florida.

Three exposures used to create HDR image.
Sure, HDR images can be overdone, or over cooked as some like to say. I have actually been accused of doing just that. See the image below. But heck, I was just having some fun and trying to be creative – which is what photography is all about. Right?
Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro Plus Topaz Adjust/Spicify
Hey, if you like HDR photography, as well as travel, flash, nature, nighttime and people photography, I'm running my Florida Photo Caravan again next January. After that, I am running short classes in Delary Beach: Digital Delary. Shoot me an email to get on the list for info:

Type Florida Photo Caravan in my blog's Search Window to see pictures from this year's photo caravan!

You can save some $ on the HDR programs that I use (Photomatix Pro and HDR Efex Pro) by clicking here.

Explore the light,


Paul said...

I run photos through photoshop with the Image; Adjustments; Auto Levels filter. Only about 1% to 5% of the images need it. If Auto Levels isn't enough I make color, contrast and brightness adjustments when needed. HDR images look like they ARE photoshopped and a premiss I operate under is that I want anybody to take a picture just like mine. The composition and how elements are framed make the pic. This is what each individuals viewpoint brings to the image. I want to see how other people see things and vice versa. The mechanics of imaging shouldn't be another step to good photos

Tom Baker said...

Rick I agree with you 100%. The camera isn't capable of capturing the full range of what my eyes see. To compromise and work within the limits of the camera is a valid artistic choice. It isn't "real" it's a choice in exactly the same way that over cooking HDR tone mapping is a choice. Both are the photographers version of their vision. Nothing more or less.

BTW love the Delray shot. It really shows off what HDR CAN do.

borrellinow said...

@ Paul - When shooting RAW images, lots of adjustments are necessary... HDR is really just another adjustment tool - (ie- 'levels' ) to help bring out the photographer's creative vision - I don't want to 'take a picture just like yours' I want mine to reflect what I see and feel - there are many ways to create beautiful art and you are right about the 'composition and framing the elements' are certainly one aspect of it, but I want to use whatever I can to create My final image... and I am so thankful for the many options available - I worked in the darkroom for over 25 years and this digital age is a miracle come true!

Foto Workshops México said...

Be creative is not a crime, we push the limits of the posibilities trying to achive the best end result, I like the picture of the driver Rick.