First learning HDR photography

By Gavin  Nov, 28, 2010   Posted in HDR Tutorial

Ok, so here is my first attempt at HDR photography. While messing with my camera’s settings, I discovered how to automatically take three photos at three different exposures at once while in burst mode – so you really don’t even need a tripod if you can keep your hands kinda steady.

A fellow photographer friend of mine recommend an HDR program called Photomatix. I downloaded the photomatix and decided to give HDR a whirl. This program combines the three different photos into one vibrant, colorful, detailed image that pops off the screen.
The first two shots were taken on my balcony in Brickell. The first shot, I took after realizing my camera had this fun setting designed for HDR photography. When I showed the effect to my boyfriend, he was like “my turn, my turn” and took the second shot of me standing on the balcony.
Must say, we have a pretty outstanding view. Never thought having a view was THAT important until I moved here…
HDR is yet another tool in our photographer toolkits. However as with any tool, you have to be able to know how to use it and use it well in order to achieve success with it.

Over processed and unnatural looking HDR images seem to be everywhere, so much so that many people are starting to accept them and in doing so they drag down what is the art and challenge of nature photography.

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