When photographing scenes with tricky lighting and high dynamic range, many photographers use HDR. But in some scenarios, it’s far from being the best option. In fact, you should better ditch it and use image averaging instead. In this video, Spencer Cox gives you some examples of this technique and suggests when you should use it instead of HDR. He also shows you how to use it, but objectively points out some of its downsides as well.
We probably all know that HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. In all simplicity, this means images that cover the entire tonal range in a given scene. The photographer has been able to preserve the highlights and yet has enough shadow detail information. The photo avoids any clipped shadows or ‘black holes’ as I call them. The trouble with black holes is that they steal a lot of attention, and may draw the eyes to all the wrong places in an image. The same goes for severely clipped highlights. They are boring plain white, with hard transition lines.
There are three ways we can achieve a high dynamic range image. We will in the following briefly discuss each of them.
A simple 3-step formula for creating stunning HDR images
This article is a step by step guide to creating stunning HDR images. This guide will help you to photograph and post-process High Dynamic Range images effectively.
In this post, I am going to tell you Secrets for Stunning HDR images.
This simple 3-step formula will help you to create beautiful High Dynamic Range (HDR) images.
Let’s dive right into it!
When you’re creating HDR images, chances are you’ll get those annoying halos in them. They look very unnatural, but there’s a pretty simple way to fix them. In this video, Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect will show you how to get rid of those halos in just a few minutes and make your HDR photos look more natural.
We are witnessing the rapid improvement of smartphone cameras (and more of them being added to each new phone that gets launched). But have we come to the point where smartphone cameras can take better photos than full-frame DSLRs? Tyler Stalman tested the iPhone XR against the Canon 5D Mark IV. And when it comes to dynamic range – the smartphone sure does a pretty impressive job!
Skylum’s Aurora HDR software has been growing on me. When it first came to Windows, the performance wasn’t that great, and it didn’t quite have all the features of the Mac version. But it’s come a long way since then. It’s seen some pretty major performance increases, along with a lot of new features.
And today, Skylum announces Aurora HDR 2019. It comes with the new AI-powered Quantum HDR Engine, which uses neural networks to quickly create more realistic looking HDR images. Aurora HDR 2019 also sees more performance boosts, as well as a LUT support.
No matter if you love or hate HDR, you have to admit that creating an HDR photo in Microsoft Excel sounds… Well, unordinary. Maybe even impossible. Well, in this highly amusing video, a young scientist and amateur photographer Kevin Chen explains how you can create an HDR image in Microsoft Excel.
Coming in far cheaper than the branded proprietary Wi-Fi options, CamFi has been a pretty popular accessory. But now they’re back with the new and improved CamFi Pro, which boasts the fastest wireless transfer speeds of any such system. The new unit uses 5.8Ghz Wi-Fi in order to offer transfer speeds up to and potentially over 10Mbps between camera and laptop or mobile device.
Today, Macphun announced the release of the latest version of their HDR creation software. Aurora HD 2018 will soon be available for preorders, and what’s more – for the first time, it will be available for PC, and not only for Mac.
The software was co-developed with photographer Trey Ratcliff, with the goal of simplifying the complex HDR editing. Since its launch in November 2015, it reached 1.7 million users. There have been more than 10 updates since then, and the latest one comes with improvements and new features.
This week, I have a pretty well-known tip for the manual HDR types out there.
Back in the days, landscape photographers used the shadow and highlight sliders in Photoshop to get the more details out of their files. This was kind of like making an HDR image before “HDR” existed.
In time, some started layering files with different “exposures” to bring the maximum detail out of a file.
While this is pretty common knowledge for a lot of adept Photoshop users, it’s not a particularly common technique for portrait photos.