HDR Photography

In answer to Bob's question, I'll explain a little more about what I am learning with respect to HDR photography.  HDR is an acronym for High Dynamic Range photography.  The included image is an HDR composite from three photographs taken by my friend who lives on the Oregon Coast.  The three photographs were taken from his house this week.  The deep blue in the upper right hand corner of the picture would show up better if I were to spend additional time tweaking the image.  Nevertheless, here is what I am doing.

1.  Set a camera up on a tripod and use a cable release to trigger the shutter.

2.  Bracket the photograph using f-stops of +/- 2.  One might reduce the extreme f-stops, but I've been testing the outer limits.  One shot is under exposed, one shot is taken at the correct exposure, and the third shot is over exposed.

3.  The three images are blended into one picture where the spectrum shown extends well beyond what one can capture with just one picture.

4.  The software I am using is Photomatix Pro, and I only recently purchased it so I do not have many examples to show.  If anyone is using Photoshop, there is a built-in HDR application within that software.  I do not own or use Photoshop as it is an expensive program.

5.  I also located an excellent e-book that explains how to use the Photomatix software and it is Captain Kimo's "Secrets to Mastering HDR Photography."  The cost is about $15.00 if one signs up for his free newsletter.

While I read about HDR photography some two to three years ago, I only recently began to pursue the idea vigorously.  The weather has not been such that I could experiment much, but we may have sun later in the week where I can get out and capture some sunrises or sunsets. 


Photograph:  Images to construct this photograph were taken by Gene Williamson in an area south of Newport, Oregon.

High Dynamic Range Photography

The image of a neighborhood house is my first effort at HDR photography.  Expect to see more HDR images later this summer.