In this week’s installment of The Practicing Photographer, Ben Long combines two techniques that involve capturing the world in unique ways—ways that we can’t see with our eyes but that photography lets us bring to life.
One technique is high dynamic range, or HDR, photography. That’s the process of taking multiple shots of a scene, each with a different exposure setting, and then merging them into one photo that captures a broad range of bright and dark tones. Ben describes HDR in detail in his course Shooting and Processing High Dynamic Range Photographs (HDR).
Your eyes see better than your camera does. That’s particularly true with scenes containing a wide range of brightness values. Try to take a sunny-day photo on a beach, and you’ll be hard pressed to find an exposure setting that captures details in shadows and bright areas like.
High-dynamic range photography is one solution. Take multiple shots of a scene, each at a different exposure setting, and then blend them to create an image with a broader dynamic range than a single exposure can capture. And as anyone who spends time on Flickr can tell you, HDR is also the gateway to surreal-looking images containing exotic colors and tones.
Whether you want to be subtle or brash, the greatly improved HDR features in Photoshop CS5 are worth a close look. They’re the subject of today’s Photoshop CS5 Top 5 movie. Watch as Deke McClelland walks you through Photoshop CS5′s HDR toning and HDR Pro features.