High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at HDR photography for a while. For those of you who don’t know, HDR is a set of techniques used to capture as much detail in a photograph as possible through the use of different exposures, using photo editing software such as Photoshop.

Here is my first attempt, a picture of the Onyar River in Girona, Catalonia, Spain taken from the Plaça de Catalunya.

Onyar North

The image above is made up of four different exposures. One photo, for example, with a long shutter speed captured much of the detail in the buildings by the side of the river but the bright lights of the church spire, bridge and reflections from the water were burnt out leaving much our image washed out in places.

With a shorter shutter speed, the detail of the spire and other bright objects were in much greater detail but our houses, completely in the dark.

The solution is to take several photographs, under exposing and over exposing and all points in between. Using software like Photoshop, these can be merged together and played with to get the desired effect of a contrast ratio that as of yet, no camera is capable of.

Anywho, I’m not here to write a review or tutorial in HDR, just that I’ve given it a go, created the above image and being rather pleased with the result and think I shall spend much of tomorrow wandering around with my camera to see what else I can do.

Speak soon,

Andy :]

update: Have now started a set on Flickr for HDR photos here http://www.flickr.com/photos/andybarratt/sets/72157626924744476/

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