What is HDR and why do we care?

I’ve heard a lot about HDR photography in the past few months and decided to take a look at what it is and what it can do. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range photography. In real world terms what that means is taking several pictures of the scene and changing the exposure setting in your camera for each picture. These are later combined using software to produce images that provide a far larger range of tones than any conventional digital camera or film could provide. While the images can look outrageous, if used properly stunning effects can be achieved, Take a look at Ferrell McCollough’s amazing images at www.beforethecoffee.com. What does this mean for me? Just something new and exciting to explore in the next year, it should be fun.

Photograph: Ferrell McCollough

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