What is the best way to render high contrast photo ?

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What is the best way to render high contrast photo ?
8 months ago

You're shooting a stunning sunset. Intense and vibrant colors are out, but you simply can't shoot the scene: you always get a dark foreground, or a white sunset...

Lots of software and techniques are now popular within the photographer's community to go over our sensors limitation in DR. These techniques are computer based, but filters are still in use, so... what is in your opinion the best way to shoot and develop a high contrast scene with a low dynamic DSLR ? Filters, HDR, exposure blending...?

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Only filters can help. One shoot with correct exposure is enough, it doesn't matter if shadows are black. That's the way it is. Compositing is cheating.
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HDR and tone mapping is the way. Natural looking or not, it gives you the full potential of a landscape through cursors.
21.1% 4  votes
Exposure blending is the right way to do, just like a painter with layers. For the finest and most natural looking style from black tones to white ones.
57.9% 11  votes
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