How to get started in HDR photography
I’m just going to give you a basic idea on how to get started and what you may need to do this type of work. If some people are interested I can post more on this subject.
I have been shooting High Dynamic Range photography for over seven years. This type of shooting is also known as HDR. What it takes to create this type of image is multiple exposres. One correct, one over exposed and one under exposed image. Yes, three shots of the same scene or subject. There is a issue of weather you need three or more shots. Some people seem to think you need five, seven or even nine. Three will work just fine although, I myself have gotten stunning results with more. Trust me you will do just fine with three.
Some people think they can take ONE SHOT HDRs. THese are no way the real HDR images. Just fakes and many times they look fine. You’ll always fine someone somewhere trying to cheat the system for shortcuts in any arena. Maybe they just do’t own tripods. I don’t know!
Yes now that I have brought up the subject of tripods this is one of the most important items you will need. You may of thought about that when I mensioned multiple exposers. I also like to use a shutter release cable. Imagine that ! Another item nobody wants to buy.
The software you will need to create you HDR images can be done with Photoshop and many other programs can be found online. SOme are free and some can be purchased for instant download.
Picturenaut is free among others. I am not affiliated with photoshop or picturenaut I just use these names as examples of software that is good for this work.
Once you have the needed software and the three images you will learn about creating your HDR image in the program. You’ll want to overdue it at first. THat’s what happens when people are new to HDR. Back off and don’t over saturate the image. Also watch for ghosting. A big problem for many people new and experienced. I have seen many people doing HDR for year and there’s even a one page add in a major magazine that offers to teach you to o HDR for a large fee that shows the instructors examples with very heavy ghosting. Ghosting is a halo around builings or cars where the edges may meet the sky. I’ll show an example here today.
Below I have added an example of a hand help HDR I took this summer. Three braketed shots. Yes, no tipod. I wanted to walk freely around town and shoot hand held. THis is my first hand eld HDR and Like I always knew, it wouldn;t turn out good. When zoomed in the are many areas that show triple edges that do not line up because it was not shot STILL on a triopod.
You can find some of my work on Flickr I’m know as thatstickerguy