Friday, March 9, 2012

Cool HDR Photography Effects

High Definition Range (HDR) photography is popping up everywhere these days, usually with beautiful results, but sometimes not.

What is High Definition Range (HDR) Photography?


Even the best photographs tend to leave out details that a human can see with their eyes.  HDR Photography allows you to capture a greater range of detail in a photograph, so it looks more like what you would see in real life.

It works by capturing an image three times - normal exposure, slightly under exposed, and slightly over exposed.  The three images are then combined into one, creating a blend of the details from all three.

The images are usually combined by software, which can lead to some interesting results.  Most modern HDR photo software can handle this process pretty well automatically, but usually leave some settings up to the user, and these settings can be tweaked to find interesting effects.

Here are some examples of cool  HDR photography effects.

The Halo Effect



Photo: Christiaan Leever

Photo: Walker Dukes


The Comic Book Effect


Photo: eck121

Photo: eck121


The Grunge Effect


Photo: Murdoch80

Photo: Murdoch80


The "I'm High on LSD" Effect


Photo: Walker Dukes

Photo: Walker Dukes