A different look


I tried to do some HDR photography while on vacation in Scotland last week. I’d say the results were mixed. I like the one above and there are some more here.
HDR is “high dynamic range” imaging. I got interested in from looking at some stunning photos from Bob Benz, who pointed me in the right direction to learn about it and passed along a few tips.
As a total neophyte, I had to learn some options on my camera I hadn’t used. I don’t have that all figured out yet. The biggest obstacle to overcome, however, was camera shake. I didn’t use a tripod with any of the ones I did. They would have worked a lot better had I had one.
HDR involves taking bracketed exposures (I was trying to do three) and any movement of the camera makes the results very blurry or ghostly. In some of mine, I only used two photographs because three looked as if I had been drinking shots of Scottish whiskey between frames.
I used Photmatix Pro to create the images. It’s very easy to use. Course, I’m a five-year-old flipping the switches at Mission Control. Simple!
There are a number of guides and tutorials.
I think I’ll try some of more.
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  1. Nice photos. I’ve found that to do the HDR handheld, you have to use manual settings and go with the fastest shutter speed possible. Also, my camera lets me take photos in three-image bursts. That helps a lot.

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