Chapter 4: Home, Home on the High Dynamic Range
In This Chapter
Choosing HDR good scenes
Setting up your camera for HDR
Photographing exposure brackets
Creating HDR images
Tone mapping HDR images
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 ...