HDR is Not a Bad Word

I'm constantly surprised how much I hear people complaining about HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography. Many feel its a phase or a fad… something that's over done.

HDR is in this strictest sense, the merging of multiple exposures to show a wider dynamic range than a traditional camera can capture. It can be used to create photorealistic images that closer match what the eye sees. It can also be pushed for an artistic effect.

I'd like to offer five reasons why HDR photography is a useful tool that you should seriously consider adding to your toolset.

1. Lowlight Images

When working in tough lighting conditions, HDR Photography really comes through. This image was created by merging 3 exposures. It was shot hand-held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC at 10:30 pm. Need to shoot in lowlight, try HDR.


2. Dramatic Sepiatones and Black and Whites

Do you want to create black and white photos that really pop? How about truly dynamic sepiatones? I find that the use of HDR gives greater depth to my tones and makes more compelling images.


3. Details are Revealed

If you have architectural details that need to come through, HDR works wonders. I took this photo laying on the floor shooting up into the ceiling of a church. The subtleties of the architecture really stand out and I enjoy poring if the finer details of the original artist.


4. Painterly Effects are Fun

The use of HDR toning can create a painterly like image. These options can be fun with certain images and really open up narrative approaches.


5. The General Public Loves HDR

While photographers may complain… the general public loves HDR. The colors pop, the images are compelling… there's just something that stands out.


This is one of my most popular photos. Gets great reactions and comments from just about all folks. It's several images merged together. Here's how I made it in fact.


So love it or hate it… you should really give HDR a try. Have a look at my other blog – Triple Exposure –
www.3exposure.com – which covers the topic in-depth.