Over the weekend I decided I am going to start getting into HDR photography. What is HDR you may ask? HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and is basically the act of increasing the range of light the camera will capture by capturing multiple ranges and stitching them together in a post-production tool.
There are many great examples on the web of wonderful HDR camerawork. Some of my favorite include:
Put your camera in the tripod. Place it firmly because youâ€™ll have to touch the camera to change the speed and this can make you move it, and then, well you wont be able to get the HDR you were hoping for.
After selecting the subject you wish to shoot, prepare everything as if you were only going to take one picture. Prepare it to your taste or what ever is you want to acomplish.
Set your primary exposure and speed. We are going to call this master setting 0. After this is complete and you have everything set up you are going to take letâ€™s say 7 pictures:
3 pictures up from 0 and 3 pictures down.
Dude what do you mean?? Donâ€™t panic is quite easy:
If the settings for picture 0 is: 1/125 and f/4.5
The settings for the remaining pictures are as follows:
Youâ€™ve may noticed that the F/ stays the same. This is quite simple: if that value changes also will you Depth of Field which will cause you focus to change also.
Once you have your images, open your copy of Photomatix or Photoshop CS3 (I have CS3, so please refer to the site I posted for instructions on Photomatix). Hit File > Automate > Merge to HDR. You will be prompted to pick your images. Once you have your range selected, hit OK. Your image will be composited and then you can adjust your levels and contrast from there.
I plan on experimenting with this today. Once I have a few shots for you, I will upload them to share with you guys. Wish me luck!