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HDR Photography Preview


In anticipation for the Center for Photography’s upcoming HDR workshop, I wanted to write up a preview covering the basics of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. 

First off, HDR photography is a technique that can be used to create greater dynamic range in an image. The foundation of an HDR image is two or more exposures that vary from underexposed to overexposed, and once these exposures are combined the result is an image with far greater dynamic range than what your camera is capable of producing with just a single exposure. HDR photography does not require a fancy DSLR, and in fact all you need is a camera that has manual controls for exposure, or bracketing.

HDR can help you create stunning photos that would otherwise be impossible. After some basic instruction you could be an HDR export, all it takes is a little bit of practice!

Below is my example consisting of five photos. The first photo is the third of five. If I was simply shooting this scene with no intention of creating an HDR image the result would look something like this. See how the dark foreground is begging for more detail? This scene is a great candidate for HDR.

My “normal” (3rd of 5) exposure


The other 4 photos used to create the HDR image (-2EV, -1EV, +1EV, +2EV)

HDR images

If you want to dive into the realm of HDR photography and learn how to become a master of this technique, the Center for Photography has an HDR Workshop taking place on January 26th!

-Jimmy Thigpen

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