Saturday, July 8

How to Shoot and Edit Photos for HDR

FCCP - 'Learn Photography with Jeff (Director)' July 8th class was 'Learn How to Shoot and Edit Photos for HDR'. 

Key background that set the stage for capturing full tonal range in a photo:
  • our cameras can only capture a limited amount of image dynamic range (10-12 stops) 
  • the human eye captures much more (up to 24 stops)
  • HDR (high dynamic range) allows the photographer to record a greater range of tonality than what can be obtained with one photo 
Recommendations for shooting HDR:
1. use a wide angle to normal lens
2. lock down camera to avoid blur - use a tripod
3. use an electronic release or the camera's self-timer
4. set camera to the lowest ISO
5. take more than one shot (preferably 3) at different exposures

Recommendations for editing for HDR:
1. use software like Lightroom (included), Photomatix ($99 recommended), Nik Collection HDR (free)
2. note: if you are simply looking to extend dynamic range and essentially maintain the look of the photo without extensive color and intensity Lightroom should suffice. 
2. Shoot in AEB (auto exposure bracketed
3. begin (learn) by shooting 3 exposures -2 ev, 0 ev, +2 ev
4. by all means read your camera's manual or guides online

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