THE FREE HDR TUTORIAL – PART 1
INTRODUCTION – WHAT IS HDR AND WHY DO I CARE?
The term HDR is used to describe many different techniques such as, Luminance Masking, Tone Mapping, Digital Blending, Dynamic Range Increase (DRI) etc… There are actually quite a few more but at the end of the day they all come under the same banner of HDR or High Dynamic Range photography. Increasing the Dynamic range of a photo is not new many an hour used to be spent in the dark room. All the way back in the 1850’s Gustave Le Gray pioneered the idea of using several exposures to fix an extreme range of luminance to render seascapes that captured detail in both the sea and the sky. Le Gray used on negative for the sky and the other for the sea and combined the two into one picture effectively increasing the dynamic range of the photo.
The reason you care about HDR photography is simple. When you look at a scene no matter, the human eye can see much more than a camera sensor. When you look at a landscape for instance you see both the detail in the foreground and in the sky. Using simple HDR techniques and multiple exposures you are able to capture the range of light in the scene that your camera otherwise wouldn’t be able to capture in a single shot.
In a nut shell HDR Photography will let you more accurately reproduce the scene that you see.
READING NOT YOUR THING? WANT TO FAST TRACK YOUR HDR KNOWLEDGE? WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIALS
Head over to RAW Studio and watch hours and hours of HDR Photography tutorials that cover everything from shooting through to post processing. Follow me around as I talk you through what I’m looking for and how I would go about composing the shot. Then see my screen as I process the photos walking you through all the steps and fixing common mistakes. Try it for yourself then share your work in our closed community just for RAW Studio participants.[/quote]
WHO SHOULD READ THIS TUTORIAL?
The inquisitive. Don’t get caught up in the “I hate HDR” mentality try it out for yourself. Have the time those sorts of people are talking about the crazy HDR that is created in camera or with those Photomatix presets.
Here are few photos to give you an idea of what HDR photography is all about.