Can we have too much Dynamic Range?

Started May 2, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Dave Lively
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In reply to meland, May 2, 2014

A camera with high dynamic range will not produce pictures that look like poorly done HDR at the default settings.

Both the camera's JPEG engine and raw processors will try to generate the best possible looking results, not use all the available dynamic range.  So in good light images from a camera with very high dynamic range will start with about the same levels of contrast as cameras with low DR without any additional post processing.

But the additional dynamic range will give you more options when you do need to post process an image, either because it was a high contrast scene to start with or because you did not get the exposure right.  I take a lot of pictures outdoors and being able to pull back highlights and lighten shadows really helps.  The increased dynamic range is the main reason I often take a camera with a large sensor on hikes instead of a small compact.

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