Falling Down the HDR Hole – by Tours Departing Daily
HDR photography may be one of the greatest revolutions since the beginning of the digital age of photography. Although the concept of HDR has been around since the mid 1800s, its application has reached astounding heights with the creation of post-processing programs that allow users to create breathtaking photos of high contrast scenes.
During the rise of its popularity, HDR has received harsh criticism from people of all backgrounds, hoping it to be a passing fad. Because of the large flexibility of settings in post-processing, users can create images that range from realistic to ultra-surreal. That means that photographers have the freedom to make the scenes they shoot look identical to what they saw, or process them in a way that looks like an oil painting, or a computer animated film. And just like any form of expression, artists, in this case photographers, are bound to face criticism. HDR is no exception.
There are all sorts of misconceptions about how one achieves an HDR image. If you’re a novice photographer, you may think HDR is an “in camera” function or one click post-processing magic. If you’re the general public then it’s frequently defined incorrectly as “high definition resolution.” If you’re a hardcore medium to large format film photographer, HDR doesn’t exist. If you’re a teenager with an iPhone, it’s a cool setting on a new camera app. HDR is none of these.