HDR – The Evolution Of Photography

    written by Nikola Lazarevic

    HDR imaging has exploded over the past years. Often explained as “seeing more like the human eye”, HDR imaging combines several shots of a given scene and the final results have much more detail from shadows to highlights, and everywhere in between.

    What follows is a collection of best HDR tutorials, perfectly executed HDR-pictures and list of software you will need for creating HDR images. It’s worth a look for some great inspiration.

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    1. What is HDR?

    The acronym HDR comes from the words High Dynamic Range. It is a post-processing of taking either one image or a series of exposures, combining them, and adjusting the contrast ratios to do things that are virtually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed.

    Digital photographs are often encoded in a camera’s raw image format, because 8 bit JPEG encoding doesn’t offer enough values to allow fine transitions (and also introduces undesirable effects due to the lossy compression).

    Any camera that allows auto bracketing of exposures, or manual over/underexposure of a photo can be used to create HDR images.

    2. How to Create HDR Photos?

    If you google for “HDR tutorials” you will find a bunch of them on the net, so I’ve collected “creme de la creme” tutorials that will walk you through the process step-by-step.

    HDR Tutorial – Everything You Need To Know About HDR Photography by Trey Ratcliff

    HDR Tutorial – Everything You Need To Know About HDR Photography by Trey Ratcliff

    HDR Tutorial Guide Thing For Photomatrix_ by Pete Carr

    HDR Tutorial Guide Thing For Photomatrix_ by Pete Carr

    How To Create High Dynamic Range Images by Jack Howard

    How To Create High Dynamic Range Images by Jack Howard

    HDR Tutorial by The Windy Pixel

    HDR Tutorial by The Windy Pixel

    HDR Photography Using Photomatix Pro by Honez

    HDR Photography Using Photomatix Pro by Honez

    How to Shoot and Post-Process Professional HDR Photos in One Day by Peter Tellone

    How to Shoot and Post-Process Professional HDR Photos in One Day by Peter Tellone

    3. Perfect Examples Of HDR Photography

    Let’s take a look at extremely beautiful and perfectly executed HDR-pictures. Some of them might look surreal, too colorful, even magic or fake, but they are not — keep in mind that they’ve all been developed out of usual photos.

    Jasper Maligne Lake Boathouse by Ken Kaminesky
    Jasper National Park – Maligne Lake Boathouse by Ken Kaminesky

    Paris Saint Augustin Church by Ken Kaminesky
    Paris -  Saint Augustin Church by Ken Kaminesky

    Milan Central Train Station by Ken Kaminesky
    Milan -  Central Train Station by Ken Kaminesky

    I've reached the end of the world by Trey Ratcliff
    I’ve reached the end of the world by Trey Ratcliff

    Relaxing in Dresden by Trey Ratcliff
    Relaxing in Dresden by Trey Ratcliff

    Chicago Thaws into Spring by Trey Ratcliff
    Chicago Thaws into Spring by Trey Ratcliff

    Golden Gate HDR by vgm8383
    Golden Gate HDR by vgm8383

    Portal de l'Angel - Barcelona by MorBCN
    Portal de l’Angel – Barcelona by MorBCN

    I have sailed the seven seas... by Asmundur Porkelsson
    I have sailed the seven seas… by Asmundur Porkelsson

    Tree of Light by Joe Philipson
    Tree of Light by Joe Philipson

    Bare Island – La Perouse, Sydney, Australia by Yury Prokopenko
    Bare Island – La Perouse, Sydney, Australia by Yury Prokopenko

    4. Software For Creating HDR Images

    Listed below are the best and most popular HDR programs in the industry.

    Photomatix

    Photomatix Pro and Photomatix Light are stand-alone programs that create and process HDR images, and run on Mac OS X and Windows.
    A free Lightroom Plug-in makes it possible to access Photomatix Pro directly from Lightroom, if desired. Some of the features of Photomatix are also available as a Filter Plug-in of Photoshop CS2 or higher and an Edit Plug-in of Aperture 2 or higher.

    http://www.hdrsoft.com

    Dynamic-Photo HDR

    Dynamic Photo-HDR is a next generation High Dynamic Range Photo Software with Pin-Warping, Anti-Ghosting and Color Matching.

    http://www.mediachance.com/

    Photoshop CS5

    Adobe Photoshop CS5 is an advance photo editing program with an HDR tool that creates very realistic HDR image.

    http://www.adobe.com/

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  • jose says:

    October 27, 2010

    For some time that im reading and interesting more about photography. I just really need some good machine :D I would love to have money to get my nikon d5000 that im dating for so long :D

    nice examples here buddy… keep posting some other photog. techniques i :D

  • byme says:

    October 27, 2010

    there is a photography.
    wow amazing thanks for sharing bro
    byme

  • Design Blog says:

    October 27, 2010

    thanks for de tip nikola, I think its time for me to take the tripod and shoot some images – for HDR processing.

    between http://http://www.mediachance.com/ there are two Http:// !!in the post.

  • Clipping Path says:

    October 29, 2010

    awesome post! thanks a lot for sharing :)

  • Atlanta Web Design says:

    November 2, 2010

    Very good post! thnx for sharing.

  • Las Vegas Web Design Company says:

    November 2, 2010

    Awesome Awesome Work!

  • Poster Printing says:

    November 16, 2010

    Thank you for putting together this collection of tutorials! It is a great resource. HDR photos would look great on poster printing designs for many businesses. For those who cannot afford to hire a professional photographer or designer, they can be confident creating HDR photos on their own after going through a couple of tutorials.