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.
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.
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.
4. Software For Creating HDR Images
Listed below are the best and most popular HDR programs in the industry.
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.
Dynamic Photo-HDR is a next generation High Dynamic Range Photo Software with Pin-Warping, Anti-Ghosting and Color Matching.
Adobe Photoshop CS5 is an advance photo editing program with an HDR tool that creates very realistic HDR image.