HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography has been catching on over the past few years. I’ve started to take more HDR photos since this summer trying to hone my skills in this photographic style, with some cool results.
For those unfamiliar with HDR photography, it’s where you are taking 3, 5 or 7 (or nine) bracketed shots of the same scene. By shooting in increments of 1-stop over and under the normal exposed range you photograph the entire scene from light to dark tones. Then in software such as Photoshop or Nik’s HDR Efex Pro, merge those images together to create a tone-mapped image with the full range of light and dark exposures. Enough tech-talk for you?
Over the last couple of weeks I shot some images out in Las Vegas and in NYC trying to work my HDR skills. Here are some of the results I’ve gotten. There’s a lot of creativity in this style of photography that lets you really push the envelope.