Did some experimenting with HDR. And for a first shot I have to say that I am pleased with the result. For those who are not familiar with HDR please come back later. I intend to write an article on this subject.
But in short I can explain the principle. HDR stands for “High Dynamic Range”. Black is not just black and white is not just white. There are different shades of black and white. In photography we refer to different shades of grey (stops).
Film sees the world differently than our eyes do. One of the challenges of photography is learning what those differences are so we can successfully put our vision on film. The human eye sees millions of colors and color variations at the same time. The eye sees all shades of white: off-white, cream, egg, ecru, soft-white, etc. Same for colors such as purple, magenta, pink, auburn, fire engine red, orange, sunset orange, and so on. The palette of colors available for oil paints is not as varied as the eye can see. Film is more limited.
Unlike our eyes, film sees across a range known as the exposure latitude. This is the range of “tones” film can see between absolute black and absolute white. Film sees about 7 stops, and the same goes for a digital sensor. So what does HDR do in relation to this.
You shoot multiple frames of the same subject (typically 3 shots) with different exposure settings (-2, 0, +2) so this gives you a higher range of light and dark. With special software you combine these images into one picture that shows more that the standard 7 ‘shades of grey’ So you get more detail in your shadows and more detail in your highlights. But as said before, more on this subject in an other article.
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