HDR often not necessary?

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Re: HDR often not necessary?

joptimus wrote:

In previous years I often captured 3-5 images at different exposures to merge them to HDR later. Mostly, this is to avoid blown out highlights in the bright overcast sky. My camera is an Olympus E-M10 Mark II.

Lately when looking at the result again and trying to achieve the same result by developing a single image of these sets, it works remarkably well to my surprise. Especially with Lightroom luminance filters or some clever masking I'm able to do things I didn't think were possible with just one image.

How about you? How do you determine if exposure bracketing is really necessary?

I hardly ever use multi-shot HDR.  You can generally get what you need from a single raw image. If necessary, take bracketed raw shots, but just process one of them.

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