HDR Photography Usage in Landscapes

HDR photography has become quite popular, as it dramatically increases the details of the various aspects in a photo. In normal photography, such a high degree of detail for the areas under shadow (and places which are highlighted), is not possible. HDR photography can produce a stunning effect, especially in landscape photography, as a landscape holds large range of highlights and shadows which can be brought out in detail in HDR.

Technique

The usual technique followed for any HDR imaging is to take at least three shots with varying exposure settings so that a wide range of shadows and highlights are captured. Generally, a tripod is used while taking the shots so that the pictures have the exact same imagery. These photos are then aligned and composed into one single HDR image using a photo editing software like Photoshop or Photomatix.

HDR Photography and Landscapes

Landscape photography involves objects like trees, water, plants, mountains and also varying natural lighting conditions of the day. These objects and elements have the tendency to generate a very wide range of highlights and shadows, which can all be captured with HDR. So, compared to any other type of photography, HDR has a lot of potential in landscape photography, as it involves varied contrasts and textures.

The Bracketing feature in many DSLR cameras enables you to take images with three or more exposure settings with ease, as it will set the exposure automatically after each click. For compiling these images into HDR, many of the latest photo software have a one click solution. After the process, the HDR image will need a bit of further editing with Tone Mapping feature to get the effect just right. This editing and adjustments will depend on the personal preferences of the photographers.