What is HDR

I’ve had many people ask me, “What is HDR?” So I thought I would show an example of one of my finished images. I used 3 exposures, a normal exposure, an exposure underexposed by 2 stops, and an exposure overexposed by 2 stops.  Then by using software, I like Photomatix, the images are merged into one.

The following is from Wikipedia:
High dynamic range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a method used in image processing for photography. It allows a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than a single exposure.

In simpler terms, HDR images represent more contrast in pictures. Non-HDR cameras take pictures at one exposure level with a limited contrast range. This results in the loss of detail in bright or dark areas of a picture, depending on whether the camera had a low or high exposure setting. HDR compensates for this loss of detail by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels and intelligently stitching them together so that we eventually arrive at a picture that is representative in both dark and bright areas.

HDR- Contstruction

Here is another of the HDRs that I did of the new building construction.
This is where HDR really shines.
The walls were so dark and the window light was very strong.  I was able to balance and even give the metal a “metal” look.

Uncropped Doorway

I wanted to share the uncropped version of yesterday’s pic.  I cropped my shadow out.  I thought it took away from the doorway.
What do you think?  Cropped?  Uncropped?  OR even cropped as a square without my shadow?

HDR- Brink Doorway

I was photographing a new school/church being built yesterday.  There were a lot of great angle and textures.

I really like this doorway.  I added HDR effect to bring out detail in the brinks.  It also added a glow down the hallway around the ceiling lights.  Nice.

3 exposures, -2, 0, +2 stops.

HDR- Marilyn Monroe

Down at the local movie theater in Key West, FL., Marilyn stands over a heating grate having your dress blown up.  She does this all the time.  Why?  She is a statue.

I did a 3 exposure, 2 stop, HDR effect of this image.  The effect was to add detail and texture.