What is HDR Photography?
If you have ever photographed a high contrast scene, you know that even the best exposure will typically have blown out highlights and flat shadows. The solution is High Dynamic Range (HDR) processing:
> Take multiple photographs (at least 3 photographs) at varying exposure levels. (usually at least 2 stops apart)
> Merge the Photographs in Photomatix (or other HDR processing software) into an image that reveals highlight and shadow details
> Adjust the settings to get the look you want: from natural-looking with Exposure Fusion to painterly or surreal with Tone Mapping.
> Bring processed photograph into Photoshop (or other image editing software for final adjustments.
|2 stops under exposed||proper exposure||2 stops over exposed|
Final Image after processing and corrections