Monday, February 9, 2015

HDR Photography

Recently in G.T. we've started an HDR photography project. HDR stands for high dynamic range. Dynamic range refers to the ratio of light to dark in a photo. HDR photos sometimes appear surreal and come out closest to what the naked eye sees. HDR photos are usually used for landscape photos like sunrise and sunset pictures. These pictures can fix over or under exposed pictures and gives them more color. Personally I like HDR photos better than normal ones. I really like how it enhances the picture to look more artistic.

Creating an HDR image is simple. You are going to need to plan out your shot to make sure it is perfect and using a tripod will give you the best results. Once you have your tripod and shot planned out it's time to take the pictures. You are going to take multiple pictures at different exposure levels, but be sure to minimize camera movement and keep composition techniques in mind. Start at -3 and keep going up until you reach +3. When you are finished taking your pictures you'll need to put them into photoshop. To import them correctly click File>Automate>Merge to HDR. From there select your files and then click Ok. The photos will take a little while to process. When they finish processing you are free to customize your HDR photo in any way.

Most smartphones have the HDR function, however this different from the manual process. With the automatic function you do not have complete control over the final picture. On a phone you simply select HDR and take a picture, whereas doing it manually requires you to take multiple pictures at different exposure levels and then can edit it to your liking. When making my HDR pictures I just focused on making them great and thought about how the end result would be.

*Below are a few examples of HDR photography.














22 comments:

  1. Love the colors and great rule of 3rds however the words could pop out more but Great Job!

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  2. I really like you landscape HDR photo and great rule of thirds!

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  4. I think your rule of thirds was well done, but I think you could've worked more on your text layover.

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  5. I like the background a lot, very surreal. Mikela could be more surreal but good job with the rule of thirds.

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  6. Love how all the colors really match each other in the photo! Great job on the rule of thirds and surreality!

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  7. Nice job! The cut-out looks absolutely great, and everything looks pretty surreal to me. This also applies to rule of thirds, and I can definitely tell you added layer effects to your text. One thing that could possibly be improved is probably how focused your portrait is.

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  8. Great surrealism and amazing layer effects!

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  9. Good job Brandi! The main thing is to make your text HUGE and your pictures a little less blurry.

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  10. Good job! Good job with your rule of thirds. I would have icreased the size of the word.

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  11. Good job on matching the colors and making it surreal. The focus is a bit off, but it looks nice.

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  12. Yo Brandi, I love your rule of thirds and the custom layer effects, outstanding job on that. The focal point is pretty clear and your cut out is well done. Nice image!

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  13. Nice rule of thirds. The pixilation also makes it look surreal.

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  14. Nice SuperImpose! It was made very well! Your text is just awesome. (O.O THE SKY IS AWESOME)

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  15. Great job with turning in your Super Impose. The background looks like a painting and the placement on Mikela is spot-on. I'll have to agree that Mikela kinda looks un-focused but, it could always be the camera's fault. Great job overall!

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  16. i like your blog and the hdr photo and landscape and also the final amasing . old film

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  17. Good job Brandi, Love the background and maybe turn down the exposure and focus more on her ( Mikayla ).

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  18. Good job Brandi, Love the background and maybe turn down the exposure and focus more on her ( Mikayla ).

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  19. Though this image is beautiful, it looks more true to life than surreal. But your rule of thirds is spot on and nicely thought out. The layer effects were nicely done too.

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  20. Awesome work on your HDR examples. I also like how you placed your subject in the rule of thirds

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  21. I like this a lot it reminds me of like a movie where she gets lost in the ocean. Love the mood love of this photo... Great job!

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  22. Nice Superimpose, I really like the vivid colours of the background, it looks pretty surrealistic. And the rule of thirds is really nice. One thing you can do is make Mikela more focused.

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