The Digital Photo Guy

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography

by on Aug.21, 2011, under Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos, Photoshop CS2/4, Photoshop Elements

HDR is Hot!


The first photo above is the metered exposure, the second is a true HDR and the third is a pseudo-HDR (pHDR) using just the original metered exposure. The pHDR image is “overcooked” to make it easier to see the effect that even a single frame can produce.

I’ve dabbled with HDR for several years. Being a contrarian, I didn’t want to follow the crowd and jump on the Photomatix bandwagon. I wanted software that gave me greater control over my HDR. In my quest, I found Dynamic Photo – HDR published by

Originally, HDR was made popular by a few popular photographers who took it to extremes and turned out garish, cartoon-like results. While the effect was interesting, I didn’t feel it had legs. Who wants to turn their carefully crafted photos into cartoons? I wanted something that let me enhance my photos to portray a wider dynamic range than my camera was capable of capturing but still retained a natural look.

Here’s another HDR, this time, from Deer Park Winery, just down the road from me. This is a typical application where the camera isn’t able to capture details in both the dark areas and the lights. To maximize and balance the image, I used Digital Photo – HDR to combine three frames into one, then tone map the image to squeeze everything into an image that can be displayed on normal monitor or printed on a regular printer.

 Recently, I found this Flickr page containing a whole slew of HDR photos processed with Dynamic Photo – HDR.

If you’d like to know more about Digital Photo – HDR, register for my 30-Minute Webinar on HDR this Wednesday, August 24 at 7PM Pacific Time.


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