Bringing out the Details
One of the main benefits of HDR photography is its ability to bring out the details of the image, regardless of the shadowy areas. When you take a random picture of the sky in reasonable light, the only way you can make the clouds glow is from the light that comes from the sun. The elements will also reflect on the river underneath and everything will become dull and shadowy on the picture.
In short, the detailing in the image will all get covered in the shadow since the camera is only able to capture a certain level of dynamic range. The only way to achieve best results is to represent it in the right, much brighter light. It is sometimes disappointing to witness that because when you are actually present, the light seems much different and everything seems less shadowy. Unfortunately, our camera lens is nothing close to our eyes and therefore cannot see the scenes as we do.
There are many reasons why cameras have limited range. Many design, technical, scientific, and manufacturing barriers are yet to be crossed. By implementing HDR processing, however, you can witness a huge difference in the same picture.
The process allows to brighten up areas that were initially dark. You can see the water and the sky in a much clearer light. In short, everything becomes better instantly.
Again, it is the two-tier processing that can help you achieve this look. In short, it is very important to take the right pictures before you even start using software to fix them up for HDR. Your regular pictures will not help you achieve the results you want.
There are a few interesting points to learn here:
– Losing the low end of the pictures taken –When using digital cameras for photography, it is common to lose details due to shadows. This is clearly because of the inability of your camera to capture the entire range of lights for a scene. This range is known as the dynamic range.
– Your camera will compromise on the quality, naturally – Your camera does not know areas to expose well and areas that can be overlooked. Thus, it ends up making compromises. The best way to fix this problem is to meter the subject and scene carefully. While this works for a small subject, it may not work flawlessly in scenes with wide dynamic range. Unfortunately, the cameras today are not designed to faithfully capture these dynamic ranges.
– Rescue the important details out of the shadow: This is where HDR photography comes in. A lot of people actually believe that HDR photography is for people who do not have enough skills or talent to capture a great picture. The truth, however, is quite the opposite. In fact, only a very skilled photographer can take these high dynamic range pictures and implement the HDR effect perfectly to get the desired results. HDR photography is great for rescuing shadowed details to make areas brighter.