Another benefit associated with HDR is its capability of taming highlights – usually blown out in regular photos. The highlights are usually messed up when your camera is not able to store brightness information. The areas that are blown out do not show clear details. In fact, sometimes these areas may turn completely white where you can’t even make out what the picture is about.
Such pictures when finalized with HDR can be overwhelmingly better. Sky is one of the most common scenes that can go completely white. On the other hand, if the same picture is finished with HDR, the sky can show more detail than the rest of the scene. The brackets are used to collect information and the use of HDR can instantly manipulate the data.
HDR can tame the highlighted areas. This is because:
– Dynamic Range High End: Regular pictures may not include all the detail and information due to blown out highlights. When the camera brightens up the exposed shadows, the highlights naturally get washed out. The quality of the picture can suffer badly here.
– HDR rescuing the highlights: HDR preserves all the important information by taming highlights. It further helps you emphasize contrast and details without messing up with the quality of the picture or the scene. As a result, the whole picture looks much more eye-catching.