High Dynamic Range Photography

by Fred Showker

I've become engrossed in the new book, A World in HDR by Trey Ratcliff, and am now infatuated with HDR photography! Below I'll show just a few examples of what can be accomplished using this technique.

High Dynamic Range Imaging is a relatively new technique that allows you to portray a much greater range of tonal detail than a given camera could capture in a single photo. Utilizing technique and leveraging the merge to HDR feature in Photoshop can help you make the most of your photography experience.

HDR at its best

HDR at its best

As shown above, the works of Ruben Seabra, at his Flickr photostream (atrium09). This is one photographer who best illustrates some of the awe-inspiring work you can create using HDR technologies. Unfortunately, Ruben doesn't tell us much about himself, as is typical of Flickr artists.
HDR at its best HDR at its best


Broadhaven Sunset - HDR and Tone Mapped, by Pemb Dave

Broadhaven Sunset - HDR and Tone Mapped, by Pemb Dave

Pemb Dave's photostream on Flickr offers some wonderful HDR photography, along with straight photogralphy from some pretty breathtaking landscapes.
Broadhaven Sunset - HDR and Tone Mapped, by Pemb Dave Broadhaven Sunset - HDR and Tone Mapped, by Pemb Dave


Barcelona HDR By MorBCN

Barcelona HDR By MorBCN

MorBCN is from Barcelona and has created some fabulous photos -- like the one shown -- created from 3 exposures - f/8 - 1/160s - ISO 100 - 14mm Nikon D80 with Sigma 10-20. His web site is in Spanish, so follow his photography at Flickr
Barcelona HDR By MorBCN Barcelona HDR By MorBCN


Go Ahead by Ageel

Go Ahead by Ageel

Ageel Alluhaibi is a Freelance/Fine art photographer located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Born on 26 oct 1978, photographer since 2003. see: FaceBook and his fine arts site www.ageel.net
Go Ahead by Ageel Go Ahead by Ageel


Midsummers Play Fake HDR ... clever shot by Mescon

Midsummers Play Fake HDR ... clever shot by Mescon

Spin, spin, spin around - then RACE to the finish! This Fake-HDR from 1 RAW, shot handheld with a Nikkor 80-200/2,8 on a D300 body. ... see it huge, enlarged
Midsummers Play Fake HDR ... clever shot by Mescon Midsummers Play Fake HDR ... clever shot by Mescon


Faux HDR Tutorial by Christiaan Leever

Faux HDR Tutorial by Christiaan Leever

If you want to delve into the HDR look, read this excellent tutorial by Christiaan Leever from Hengelo, Netherlands. Learn how to create a faux-HDR image from a jpeg original. christiaanleever.com
Faux HDR Tutorial by Christiaan Leever Faux HDR Tutorial by Christiaan Leever


Casa Comalat, Barcelona by MorBCN

Casa Comalat, Barcelona by MorBCN

We're seeing a lot of spectacular photography coming out of Spain, like this visual feast showing the window of the Casa Comalat (1906-1911) by the modernist architect Salvador Valeri i Pupurull. morbcn.com
Casa Comalat, Barcelona by MorBCN Casa Comalat, Barcelona by MorBCN


Bremen Muhle am Wall HDR by Peter Gorges

Bremen Muhle am Wall HDR by Peter Gorges

Peter has presented an inspiring array of photos that I guarantee you'll enjoy! This one was particularly dramatic, but he displays a wide variety at his Photostream
Bremen Muhle am Wall HDR by Peter Gorges Bremen Muhle am Wall HDR by Peter Gorges


Time travel in color by Kris Kros

Time travel in color by Kris Kros

This is some superb stuff ... note the depth in this shot! And don't miss Kris' blog: kriskrosgallery.blogspot.com Watch for his upcoming book ... which we'll talk about in the Designers' Bookshelf
Time travel in color by Kris Kros Time travel in color by Kris Kros


It's HDR Photography

coverIn image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wider dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight.

You can learn a lot more about high dynamic range Photography at the Wikipedia. And if this dramatic technique appeals to you, then I highly recommend A World in HDR where photography expert Trey Ratcliff shows you just about everything you need to know about this wonderful technique. A unique blend of practical and inspirational, this book features a breathtaking collection of HDR photographs along with engaging explanations of how Trey achieved the image. You'll also get foolproof HDR tutorial and software recommendations -- which is essential if you're going to get it right.

thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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Comments

On March 8th, Anonymous said:

love DTG

On April 7th, Anonymous said:

Very nice pictures I with I had my camera with me when I wan on those carnival cruise ships last year.

On July 7th, Theresa Jackson said:

I'm reading the same book and loving every word of it. The pictures are pretty good too! I love the way Trey thinks and sees. I'm inspired by him. HDR makes complete sense to me. It's the way I see the world. Before HDR photography frustrated me because I couldn't capture what I was seeing, even with advanced Photoshop knowledge and retouching skills.

This is a great post that sums up why HDR, when done right is so incredible.

On October 1st, Micky Parker said:

My friend who is a photographer and had a workshop to show me these techniques ... they're very cool, but I haven't mastered them yet!

On November 9th, Shared files SE said:

Wow, the photos are magnificent. I'd be happy if I could to make such photos. Earlier I didn't like photos as art but now I'm fond of it. I think that the photographers are very attentive, they notice such things which other people fail.

On November 20th, Jim Morrison said:

Shot my first wedding with a brownie box camera ...
60 years ago--fun

On November 26th, Ethyline Mateo said:

I would like to elevate my photograph-taking skills ... There are professional tricks and tips in picture taking that everyone can do. Look and learn about photograhy in this article.

ALSO : http://www.graphic-design.com/bookshelf/photoshop-books/practical-hdri

I bought the book and WOW ... you're spot on!

I love the other selections in this site. Lots of your Photoshop tutorials and advice really eliminates the need for the really recent upgrades, because you are making the image improvements by methods that have been here for a long time!

Ethyline Mateo

:-)

On February 3rd, RosalindaVAUGHAN31 said:

The digital camera settings are supposed to be useful for guys, which would like to shoot these stunning shots.

In fact, this is easy -- check around for any number of good plug-ins.

On February 7th, Schroeder33Neva said:

I think that to receive the photo results from cameras, you ought to present a great motivation -- and some training.

Nevertheless, once I've received a lot of success, because I wanted to -- using an inexpensive digital camera.

On March 15th, Rugged Depot said:

These are great! I love the play on colors and on how they add such drama and depth to the shots.

On March 29th, singapore photo studio said:

thank you for the wide variations of HDRs!

On June 28th, RosannaKidd21 said:

Some time before, I did need to learn these techniques but I did not learn enough so I ordered the book. Thank God ... now I've got it down!

On July 3rd, Jim - new homes said:

Great website, Fred! One of a handful that's really worth browsing through. Keep osting such helpful and informative articles!

On July 29th, Katie Beyer Photography said:

HDR looks very interesting,
Fred! I've heard about it but have never really seen any HDR photos.

Amazing and stunning indeed! I love the vibrancy in all these shots. I think I'll try my hand at this. :)

Thank you for sharing such info to your readers!