High Dynamic Range Photography

According to Wikipedia, “In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wider dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight.”

Those of you who follow my blog know I’ve wanted to try High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography for some time. 

The opportunity presented itself today when I was photographing a new listing.  The home sits on a wooded creek lot and the views from the windows of the master bedroom are a great selling point. 

This photo is properly composed to capture the interior of the bedroom.  Note how the windows are blown out with the bright light coming into the room.

I then shot a series of photographs of the same room varying the aperture. Here are those photos:

I then used Photomatix to create the HDR photograph and did the tone mapping.  The HDR photo was then dropped into Photoshop for final adjustments.

While I’m not 100 percent satisfied with the result, It is a move in the right direction.


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