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HDR Photography (High Dynamic Range)

Getting started with HDR photography

High dynamic range photography has always been quite popular and with the popularity of social media we are starting to see more and more of it. HDR photography usually involves combining multiple pictures together with different exposures in order to get the most detail from each photo and combine them into one great picture. It is important to use a tripod and to make sure the camera is steady when taking pictures with different exposures to combine into a high dynamic range photograph. I personally use a open source program called Magic Lantern and set my camera to take the pictures after a two second delay. Allowing a two second delay after pressing the shutter button helps to eliminate camera shake caused by pressing the shutter button on your camera. Once you have a few pictures with different exposures you can use software to combine the images and adjust the setting to get the most detailed photo possible.

How to Practice taking HDR photos

Its fairly simple to start getting involved with taking high dynamic range photos. You can find a subject like a tree or a statue and setup your tripos and take three pictures with different exposure levels. You may want to consider an exposure for the sky one for the foreground and one that is partially blown out. If you purchased a Canon dslr then more than likely you can use the included software to combine the images and create something magical. Old cars make for some great HDR photography models since they look great once you process the photos into a HDR picture. The main thing is to practice and find a exposure range between each photo that returns the best results for you. The photo below is a HDR Picture that is composed of three different photos with adjustments to bring out the most detail.

High Dynamic Range photography (HDR)

This is an example of a high dynamic range photograph that combines three photos taken with different exposures in order to bring out the most detail in the photograph.