HDR is a fairly polarising style of photography and until recently I’ve been very reluctant to even see how it works. It wasn’t until Nigel’s post here that I actually though I should dig out my tripod and see what HDR can do.
It turns out that it is pretty darn useful for run-of-the-mill photographic scenes, mainly because it gives you the ability to reproduce a scene almost exactly as it is seen by the eye. The Cambridge in Colour website has a great high dynamic range photography tutorial (it needs Photoshop CS2 or later) and it was the one I used to create my first effort:
The site has plenty of information on other aspects of photography and some detail on the inner workings of digital cameras. Best of all, when you’ve finished learning you can drool your way through the Cambridge gallery. [First photo via Cambridge in Colour]
High dynamic range (HDR) images enable photographers to record a greater range of tonal detail than a given camera could capture in a single photo. This opens up a whole new set of lighting possibilities which one might have previously avoided for purely technical reasons.