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High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is a technique that allows the In this video tutorial, photographer Trey Ratcliff gives an introduction to some his. Trey Ratcliff has just released a new eBook on his book publishing website, Flatbooks. The book, Introduction to HDR, is exactly what it sounds like and. An Introduction to HDR Photography. If you thought Some 3,, hits, with photographer Trey Ratcliff’s atop.

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A Google search today? View the discussion thread. But as HDR has become more accessible, the potential for abuse has grown exponentially. A tripod introductiion keep frames aligned.

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Long before high-dynamic-range HDR imaging entered the lexicon, photographers such as Gustave Introductlon and Ansel Adams searched for ways to create images with a wider gamut of tones to better represent what is seen with the naked eye. Others offer HDR-like looks: But the best, most subtle HDR images still take a lot of work.

But the introdcution he produces for clients such as Bud Light, Coke, Pepsi, and the NFL often include people in motion, making it difficult, if not impossible, to bracket. Refer- ences to Velvet Elvis and other such descriptors abound.

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The Easy Route Still, many people want to skip postprocessing entirely. By shooting several frames at different exposures a practice called bracketing and combining them, he could depict details in both the shadows and highlights. But some day, perhaps, a single capture will reproduce the same highlight-to-shadow ratio we see with our eyes. Then there are smartphones, popular with pro photographers and snap-happy amateurs alike. Skip to main content.

For processing multiple exposures—or even single frames— some photographers work manually in Adobe Photoshop alone; others depend on one or more of a growing coterie of HDR software; still others use a little bit of both. Until recently, Ryan shunned HDR software, instead making manual adjustments in Photoshop for a realistic look. A camera with auto bracketing 3 to 9 framesor you can manually adjust exposure between shots.

Advertising photographer Tim Tadder, who developed his first print in the darkroom at age 12, likens HDR to traditional printing techniques.

Tadder sometimes employs a multiple-image approach using HDR untroduction to put together a background or other components of a scene, which he composites into the final image. He also uses extensive lighting to ensure that he starts off with as much dynamic range as possible.

Like Ryan, Tadder developed his style before the advent of HDR software and prefers to work in Photoshop—sometimes using 15 to 30 adjustment layers. Multiple layers and lots of post-processing got the HDr look.


An Introduction to HDR Photography

Applying HDR techniques to his food raatcliff lets him use the best lighting and camera angle for the overall shot while emphasizing particular flavor points and textures that would otherwise have been lost. He posts a new image every day, and his site gets overphoto views daily.

PhotoMatix Comes in several different versions: The iPhone is his constant companion and the perfect device for spontaneous shots, he says. Gear How-To Galleries Shop. While photographic and lighting skills remain at the core of any image- making, digital HDR also relies heavily on post-capture introducttion.

All too many Intrroduction photos have exagger- ated and crunchy details as well as punchy, psychedelic colors—a far cry from the basic HDR tenet of expanding tonal range. Follow us email facebook twitter Google Plus instagram youTube pinterest rss.