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Digital SLR Photography All-in-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Robert Correll

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Chapter 4: Home, Home on the High Dynamic Range

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arrow.png Choosing HDR good scenes

arrow.png Setting up your camera for HDR

arrow.png Photographing exposure brackets

arrow.png Creating HDR images

arrow.png Tone mapping HDR images

arrow.png Trying out other software

High dynamic range (HDR) photography gets around your camera’s limited capability to capture very dark darks and very bright brights in the same photo. It does this by cheating: HDR uses more than one photo to collect brightness information.

The concept of HDR is closely tied to contrast. In fact, the entire thing might more correctly be called High Contrast Photography, except that computer nerds got to the name first. Contrast is the difference between shadows and highlights. A foggy morning has little contrast, but a sunset has a lot. While cameras have no trouble capturing low-contrast scenes, they can’t adequately capture details of highlights and shadows in ...

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