High Dynamic Range (HDR) is certainly not for everyone (nor is it everyone’s “cup of tea”) but it is certainly a booming trend for many photographers today. Similar to composing a collage, this technique involves shooting the same scene meticulously from different focus points and then putting them together to create one crisply defined image.
For anyone not familiar with HDR, it is by definition: “a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminance between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods. This wide dynamic range allows HDR images to more accurately represent the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, ranging from direct sunlight to faint starlight.”
The reason I’m bringing all this up is because the Street Photo of the Week (based on most votes in this album) is Nareg’s striking HDR capture of a staircase in Zahle:
“This photo was,” according to Nareg, “a new experiment for me in High Dynamic Range (HDR). This is the 2nd photo I’ve taken shooting in HDR. I actually found it quite interesting, but I wouldn’t like to do it always – just for some frames that I personally think might be nice to have in HDR. It’s quite easy to do and I think everyone should give it a shot. It’s FUN!”
I haven’t tried it myself but from seeing the results achieved by Nareg and others in our community, I might actually give it a shot too. Using this technique is really a matter of personal preference and depends on the effect you hope to achieve with it. Some great samples of HDR photography include this link and this one. Check them out to get inspired and see the possibilities of HDR photography (which can lead to beautiful results on various subjects beyond cityscapes and still objects).
Congrats Nareg! To all the HDR photographers out there (or those simply experimenting with it), share your thoughts about using this technique with us..