How to Take HDR Photos

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In this tutorial we will see how you can take HDR photos of landscapes or architecture in a few easy steps.

Why HDR:

HDR photos can be very helpful in dealing with tricky exposure settings, especially for landscape photos where the sun might be too bright resulting in the sky being completely washed out. An HDR photo combines multiple exposures for the same photo to provide you with a picture that has everything well exposed, from the sky to the darkest corner of your scene.


What You’ll Need:

For taking HDR photos, you don’t need anything specific in your gear. Even budget DSLR cameras are capable of taking HDR shots. A tripod is suggested but not absolutely necessary. However, the one thing you will need to invest in is a top notch HDR image editor for creating the final image. A highly suggested one can be found at hdr software web site.

The Process:

For taking an HDR photo, you need to take multiple bracketed photos of your subject from the exact same angle. A tripod does help in doing this, but you can do it handheld as well if you’re confident about it. Take at least three exposures, one for the highlights, one for the midtones, and one for the shadows. Try to always take your photos in RAW so that you can easily edit them later without losing quality.

Once you are content with your images, open up Aurora HDR, or any other HDR editor of your choice, and merge the different brackets in it. The program will automatically combines all the different exposures and create an HDR photo out of them. You can then edit the final look of the HDR as much as you want, or just use the various available presets.