When to Use HDR Photo Processing Technique
June 06, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Old mining truck in Colorado
I think I have a few exceptions though. The image to the right is one.
Black Canyon Lupine
Sometimes the range of contrasts within a scene are far too great to create a printable image using traditional techniques. This was an even greater problem when we photographed with film. Today’s digital techniques provide greater opportunities to create successful images than the “old days”. The most aggressive of these techniques is HDR and, as I stated earlier, usually gets out-of-hand. However, with patience and some practice, the technique can be controlled in a way to create an image that looks much more “normal”. These more normal looking photographs stand my “test of time” much better than those wild and crazy photos. The image at right was made in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Even though the park is only 100 miles from my home I don’t get to photograph in the summer there very often.
I love to travel and discover the visual treats the world has to offer. Unfortunately, this often places me and my camera in an awesome location with mediocre light or at an unflattering time of day for the subject at hand. Good HDR technique can help provide interesting images when I can’t come back to a location at a better time of day or even time of year. By controlling difficult shadows and highlights this tool can save the day but like many of our digital solutions it can be overused. Like Vincent Versace says, Photoshop (and other software) should be used like an emery board, not a jack hammer.
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