High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging

Have you ever taken a picture of a landscape scene and had the sky over-exposed, or the foreground under-exposed? This is because you camera's sensor dynamic range is limited. There are several methods to combat this:

  1. We can use a graduated filter to darken the sky and bring it into the camera's range.
  2. We can take two shots; one with the sky properly exposed and one with the foreground properly exposed. We can then take these images and combine them to make one correctly exposed picture. This article will cover two methods for doing this.

The first method involves using Photoshop, the second uses an easy-to-use piece of software called Photomatix to do it automatically.

For the Photoshop method click here

For using the Photomatix software method click here