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HDR or High Dynamic Range Tonemapping is a photographic technique in which multiple, varying exposures are stacked together to produce an image with high local contrast and sharp detail in both shadows and bright light. If you have ever taken a photo in bright sunlight with your smartphone you will understand the advantages of HDR; often the blue sky and clouds are washed out in a bright mess, and / or shadows are dark and reveal no detail within them.

There are purists and pundits aplenty in the photographic blogosphere who look with disdain upon HDR images. To them I say bah, humbug. This is your data, you put in the time and effort to create your vision, do with it as you will. If you want neon flowers with a trippy background, go for it! I have learned that with HDR, as with astrophotography, less can definitely mean more. Now I will typically blend several HDR images – you have great control over the strength of the effect – with a standard exposure to create a photograph where the HDR effect is targeted and subtle.

There are several programs that will produce HDR images, I use Photomatix and then import everything into Photoshop for the blended rendering. Check out the fantastic HDR images at home on the web produced by aficionados who have mastered the process.

There are many ways to see the world, use your camera to capture your versions!

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