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The Art of HDR photography, part 4

By dpreview staff on Sep 1, 2011 at 00:36 GMT
We've just published the fourth in our series of articles by Uwe Steinmueller of Digital Outback Photo on the art of HDR photography. The fourth chapter (of what will eventually become Uwe's next E-book) covers HDR workflow tools.

Click here to read the article.

Comments

Total comments: 14
pixd90
By pixd90 (Sep 9, 2011)

HDR photography is a misnomer. HDR is an art form using photography as a medium.

Very informative series, Thanks Uwe

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Andrealobo
By Andrealobo (Sep 1, 2011)

makes me want to puke.
the "ART" of HDR? really?

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Faisalee
By Faisalee (Sep 6, 2011)

Why is that so? Any thing that is done properly is an ART even ... ;)

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GraemeF
By GraemeF (Sep 1, 2011)

I have mixed views on HDR - I definitely prefer the more natural look where HDR has been used to try to capture the scene as it looked to the human eye. I'm not so much of a fan of the over-cooked 'artificial' look that's often produced by HDR processing. However, that's just my personal taste. Photography is an art form - like any other art, it will polarise opinions....

It's a very informative and well written article. Thanks for sharing!

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Camp Freddy
By Camp Freddy (Sep 1, 2011)

Very well put Graeme!

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newmikey
By newmikey (Sep 2, 2011)

I second that wholeheartedly. Using HDR can be a boon when capturing scenes that tax a sensor's ability to capture DR. HDR is also extremely useful to bring out textures and small detail that are often lost. When used carefully, with restraint, HDR can be really awesome.

Once it goes over the top, it CAN work but only very rarely does. A bit like solarizing, posterizing, Warhol-like treatment and all of the other extremer image deformations. It quickly becomes a gimmick - a boring one at that...

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Wm Leddon Studios
By Wm Leddon Studios (Sep 1, 2011)

People missed the point of shooting RAW at first too. We could have just shot with film and sent our images to fotomat. But no, serious photographers custom printed their own work.
I remember dedicated photographers like Ansel Adams who tried to squeeze every little bit of detail out of a negative. He was trying to tame Dynamic Range just like serious photographers do now using Raw files and the use of HDR processing. The point is to overcome the shortcomings of the technical aspects of the camera, just as we have since photography was invented...!!!

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msp-photo
By msp-photo (Sep 1, 2011)

if you have no interest don't read the article

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Jim Lowell
By Jim Lowell (Sep 1, 2011)

I'm sorry, but I have no interest in HDR photography. I'm still missing the point of it, frankly. I shoot raw and try to take a great photo everytime using my knowledge and camera options and then post process later in apps like CSRaw and Photoshop to print later on quite well.

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phototransformations
By phototransformations (Sep 1, 2011)

You don't sound very sorry. The point is that it's another way to make images, in some cases capturing something closer to what the eye sees in high-contrast situations than can be done with shooting raw, and in other cases creating a new way of representing a scene. You might as well ask what the point of a fish-eye lens is, or for that matter sepia toning. I don't personally do HDR (nor do I use a fish-eye lens or do much sepia toning these days), but they all seem like valuable artistic tools to me.

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qba1212
By qba1212 (Sep 1, 2011)

Good for you Jim, good for you.

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Frenchfx
By Frenchfx (Sep 1, 2011)

Take a quick look at Patrick DIFruscia's landscapes and I do believe those that are on the fence or don't get it.......will get it :-)
This is how it should be done, link provided below:
http://www.difrusciaphotography.com/index.php?cPath=1&osCsid=1ed7c9ec6e122582b6a968cac7e0c2a8

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bobsphotos
By bobsphotos (Sep 1, 2011)

Well played, Frenchfx, well played!

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GraemeF
By GraemeF (Sep 8, 2011)

Now, those are the kind of HDR images I really like! The dynamic range of the original scene has been too much for the camera, and careful use of HDR processing has resulted in something that looks staggeringly life-like....

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