Photoshop High Dynamic Range (HDR) Images

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Images have and increased range from highlight to shadow that brings our spectacular results.

 HDR Photography Building

by Stuck in Customs
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High Dynamic Range (HDR) images

A rising artistic trend in digital photography is HDR imaging. Taking a highly contrast digital file and converging the levels into a wonderful artistic image.

Wikipedia defines HDR as:

In image processing, computer graphics, and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI or just HDR) is a set of techniques that allows a greater dynamic range of luminances between light and dark areas of a scene than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to shadows.

High dynamic range imaging was originally developed in the 1930s and 1940s by Charles Wyckoff. Wyckoff’s detailed pictures of nuclear explosions appeared on the cover of Life magazine in the mid 1940s. The process of tone mapping together with bracketed exposures of normal digital images, giving the end result a high, often exaggerated dynamic range, was first reported in 1993[1], and resulted in a mathematical theory of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter that was published in 1995[2]. In 1997 this technique of combining several differently exposed images to produce a single HDR image was presented to the computer graphics community by Paul Debevec.

We have really found some incredible HDR images and wanted to share them.

images by fede0253

image by R | S Photography

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HDR Photo Gallery – A Great Place to Look and Learn

Are you inspired by HDR photography?

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that’s my newest passion. (read more about HDR photography)

If you’ve ever tried your hand at HDR, its time to see your work.

A new site, HDRcreme allows you to share your work, look through the photo gallery, and vote on your favorites. I’ve added their feed to my favorites – I just love the look. Let me know if you post anything – I’d love to see what you’re doing.

HDR Photo Gallery

HDR Photography – High Dynamic Range Technique

We’re heading out this weekend for a business retreat – and to have a change of scenery. The Rockies are beautiful anytime of the year, so we thought we’d head up to a few of our favorite places and try are hand at a new technique – HDR photography, or High Dynamic Range technique.

HDR creates amazing images – almost surreal – that gives you a sense of being in a different time and place.

HDR is created through tone mapping using bracketed exposures. To create one image, you end up taking a series of images – one at the correct exposure, a variety under and over exposed – and combine them into one dynamic image.  The highlights and shadows are all represented, giving it the surreal look.

HDR technique

photo source petervanallen

HDR technique 2

photo source joep r

HDR technique 3

photo source smashingmagazine – check out the other 35 shots

I pulled just a couple here to show you what other photographers have captured. If you’ve experimented with HDR, I’d love to see your work.