The joy of HDR photography

HDR photography can be a wonderful help when you need to take pictures of a subject with very high contrast. I recently photographed a seaside restaurant with the full Australian sun outside and dark interiors inside. Before HDR it meant bring in lighting and boosting the interior lighting to get a better balance and at the same time avoiding shadows and reflections in windows and mirrors. It was a very time consuming business. These pictures were taken mid-morning before any patrons arrived.

Exteriors were taken on the X-Pro1 and the HDR interiors on a Nikon D3s with a 14-28 Nikkor lens. Like a lot of people I am still waiting for the 14mm Fuji lens to be released as I would like to try it indoors on jobs like this.

It is important with HDR to use manual focussing, set the aperture and let the shutter speeds change on exposures, also set the colour balance manually.

In the pictures below I have included the normal exposure as well as the HDR version. These HDR’s have a 5 exposure sequence.

Restaurant exterior

Restaurant exterior

Exposure as camera meter

HDR image

Exposure as camera meter

HDR image

HDR image

Exposure as camera meter

HDR image

About Roger

Roger Gould, Australian international sports and advertising photographer has worked on assignment for some of the worlds leading magazines. he emerged from photographing record covers of rock and roll musicians to start one of Australia's first specialist sport press agencies, photographing tennis, cricket, golf, football as well as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. Roger is a past President of the International Tennis Photographer's Association and has conducted photography seminars for Kodak in many countries. He currently works in aerial and advertising photography.
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