Shoting HDR of people?

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richiebee Veteran Member • Posts: 4,422
Re: Shoting HDR of people?

Gerry Winterbourne wrote:

HDR is for scenes where the dynamic range of the light - range from darkest to lightest - exceeds the capability of the sensor in a single shot. If this is what you have you can use HDR whatever the subject -

but I find it hard to envisage how you'd get that sort of light in portraiture.

Atriums in buildings with floor to ceiling windows on one side can easily require more dynamic range than a sensor is capable of recording. I don't like the HDR look on portraiture, so I go either with lighting the subject, or underexposing and sometimes losing detail in the shadows as a result. I prefer this look over blowing out highlights.

Can you shoot in the opposite direction?  Well that depends on the context of the shoot in its entirety.

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