High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography – An Introduction

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An Introduction to High Definition Range Photography

High Definition Range (HDR) Photography is a special photo technic to combine photos with different exposure. The same scene gets hereby a higher range of luminosity.
Many sophisticated cameras support capturing exposure bracketing with different settings. The combination of the result is made by postprocessing software. These have different parameters and options to choose and vary in algorithms.

Samples of HDR Images:

Berne Evening Rise in April - HDR
Berne Evening Rise in April - HDR
Rosengarten Berne
Berne Evening Rise in April - HDR
Berne Night Rise - HDR
Berne at Night Rise - HDR
Rosengarten Berne
Berne Night Rise - HDR
Nightrise in Berne in August - Berne in HDR
Nightrise in Berne in August v2 - HDR
Rosengarten Berne
Nightrise in Berne in August - Berne in HDR
Nightrise in Berne in August - Berne in HDR
Nightrise in Berne in August V3 - HDR
Rosengarten Berne
Nightrise in Berne in August - Berne in HDR
Justice Fountain in Berne - Berne in HDR
Justice Fountain - HDR
Gerechtigkeitsgasse Berne
Justice Fountain in Berne - Berne in HDR
Justice Fountain - Berne by Night
Justice Fountain with light fog - Berne by Night, HDR
Gerechtigkeitsgasse Berne
Justice Fountain - Berne by Night
Zähringer Fountain And Zytglogge in the Fog, Kramgasse, HDR - Berne by Night
Zähringer Fountain And Zytglogge in the Fog, HDR
Kramgasse Berne by Night
Zähringer Fountain And Zytglogge in the Fog, Kramgasse, HDR - Berne by Night
After a Summer Sunset at Münsterplattform - Berne in HDR
After a Summer Sunset - HDR
Münsterplattform Berne
After a Summer Sunset at Münsterplattform - Berne in HDR
Aare & Nydegg Bridge - Berne in HDR by Night
Aare & Nydegg Bridge, HDR
Bärenpark Berne
Aare & Nydegg Bridge - Berne in HDR by Night
Old City of Berne Skyline in HDR
Old City of Berne Skyline in HDR
Seen From Kornhaus Bridge, Berne
Old City of Berne Skyline in HDR
Marzili Funiculair And Bundeshaus in Fog - Berne by Night in HDR
Marzili Funiculair And Bundeshaus in Fog
Berne by Night in HDR
Marzili Funiculair And Bundeshaus in Fog - Berne by Night in HDR
Bundesterrasse in Fog - Berne by Night in HDR
Bundesterrasse Westpart And Bundeshaus West in Fog
Berne by Night in HDR
Bundesterrasse in Fog - Berne by Night in HDR
Bundesterrace and Bundeshaus - Berne by Night in HDR
Bundesterrace and Bundeshaus
Berne by Night in HDR
Bundesterrace and Bundeshaus - Berne by Night in HDR
Rathausplatz And Volver Bar Tapas Café on a Misty Winter Night, HDR - Berne by Night
Rathausplatz And Volver Bar Tapas Café on a Misty Winter Night, HDR
Berne by Night
Rathausplatz And Volver Bar Tapas Café on a Misty Winter Night, HDR - Berne by Night
Berne Minster in the Fog - Berne by Night in HDR
Berne Minster in the Fog at Night - HDR
Münsterplattform
Berne Minster in the Fog - Berne by Night in HDR
Bundeshaus by Night with Europaprommenade - HDR
Bundeshaus, Kirchenfeld Bridge, Historical Muse and Europaprommenade by Night
Berne in HDR
Bundeshaus by Night with Europaprommenade - HDR
Historical Museum Berne and Dalmazi Bridge - Berne by Night in H
Historical Museum Berne and Dalmazi Bridge
Berne by Night in HDR, Bundesterrasse
Historical Museum Berne and Dalmazi Bridge - Berne by Night in H
Berne Minster And Matte from Schwellenmäteli in the Afternoon Light- Berne Cityscape in HDR
Berne Minster And Matte from Schwellenmäteli in the Afternoon Light
Berne Cityscape in HDR
Berne Minster And Matte from Schwellenmäteli in the Afternoon Light- Berne Cityscape in HDR
Wintertime in Marzili at Frico Bar - View to Bundeshaus - Berne Winterscape in HDR
Wintertime in Marzili at Frico Bar - View to Bundeshaus
Berne Winterscape in HDR
Wintertime in Marzili at Frico Bar - View to Bundeshaus - Berne Winterscape in HDR
Berne Minster & Skyline from Bärengraben - in HDR
Berne Minster & Skyline from Bärengraben - in HDR
Berne Minster & Skyline from Bärengraben - in HDR

About HDR

HDR has a long tradition. it is a postprocessing of multiple images of the same scene with different exposures. This can be made with film as well as with digital images. In the following, we will focus on HDR in digital photography.

Digital HDR

Modern and sophisticated digital cameras have the possibility of Bracketing Setup to set e.g. amount of images (e.g. 3,5,7), the exposure difference steps (e.g. EV -2,0,+2) and the order of the exposure capturing.

Capturing HDR Brackets

Ideally, you use a tripod for taking HDR brackets, but modern HDR-processing software allow to combine also handheld HDR-Brackets: good HDR software can (geometrically) adjust handheld brackets.

Image 1 - creating hdr berne evening rise
HDR-Bracket Image 1 - creating hdr berne evening rise
Image 1 - creating hdr berne evening rise
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HDR-Bracket Image 2 - creating hdr berne evening rise
Image 2 - creating hdr berne evening rise
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HDR-Bracket Image 3 - creating hdr berne evening rise
Image 3 - creating hdr berne evening rise
Image 4 - creating hdr berne evening rise
HDR-Bracket Image 4 - creating hdr berne evening rise - Standard exposure
Image 4 - creating hdr berne evening rise
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HDR-Bracket Image 5 - creating hdr berne evening rise
Image 5 - creating hdr berne evening rise
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HDR-Bracket Image 6 - creating hdr berne evening rise
Image 6 - creating hdr berne evening rise
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HDR-Bracket Image 7 - creating hdr berne evening rise
Image 7 - creating hdr berne evening rise
Berne Evening Rise in April - HDR
the HDR Result, made with Adobe Lightroom 6
Berne Evening Rise in April - HDR

Moving Objects – Ghosts

For HDR, multiple images are needed for the same scenery. In many situations, e.g. for landscape or cityscape hdr, you have moving objects (traffic, people, trees in the wind…) . To handle this, you may deghost these objects to be hidden. This deghosting may be done for the whole image or just for some selected areas of the scene.

Different HDR Algorithms and Image Settings

For the HDR postprocessing itself there exist various algorithms for different effects. Also more postprocessing settings may be used.

Image 4 - creating hdr berne evening rise
Standard Camera Exposure
Berne Evening Rise in April
Image 4 - creating hdr berne evening rise
Berne Evening Rise in April - HDR

HDR image made with 7 bracketing images and postprocessing on Adobe Lightroom 6
Berne Evening Rise in April - HDR, Rosengarten Berne

Berne Evening Rise in April - HDR

last update: 05.03.18
published: 05.03.18


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