Going HDR

I've decided to make he move to High Dynamic Range (HDR) shots as often as I can. This is something I've wanted to play with for a long time but just haven't found the right software to work for me. After mulling it over recently I finally settled on Nik Software's suite of photo editing tools.

Anyone who follows my Instagram over the past few months may have noticed me switch over to primarily HDR shooting. This remained a mainly instagram focus because my phone shot HDR photos and Nik Software's Snapseed app allowed me to immediately edit those photos on the fly and post them. Still I held off doing this with my DSLR camera because of the increased complexity that comes with doing this on a DSLR.

Those who aren't aware of what HDR is, take a look at the shot above and notice the high color saturation, amazing reflections in the windows and the overall range of shadows and light. The way to do HDR on a DSLR requires you to normally take a minimum of 3 photos and then use editing software to merge those 3 photos. One photo is taken at like a normal shot, exposing for a standard photo light level. The other two photos are then shot on either side of the light meter, one exposing for the highlights and one exposing for the shadows. Once you merge these shots, you are able to get detail for the entire range of shadows up to the highlights. This creats a photo with more detail than a standard shot.

I have fallen in love with HDR and will shooting a lot more with this in the near future. Enjoy my expansion to HDR. If you want to see more photos, I post daily shots on Instagram, so go take a look if you have the time!