HDR is one of the most used photography technique these days. The better way to say it is, that it is a better trick photography technique. Why trick photography technique? Because it adds effects to your pictures. Photos clicked via this technique looks bright, sharp clear with enhanced colors.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a technique that combines multiple shots into one. When you look at the combined shot, it looks much better than the original shot. Dynamic range is defines as the level of exposure between light and dark areas of a picture. Generally, pictures that have low dynamic range often have darker shadows and bright highlights. However, the pictures that have high dynamic range have balanced shadows and highlights.
Those who know very little about this technique usually use it for all types of photography, thinking that it enhances their picture. This is not true. There are some set situations and scenarios to use HDR. It doesn't really apply to every thing you shoot.
Let us know when to use HDR?
You should use HDR while shooting landscapes: If you are shooting vast landscape pictures, HDR can really enhance your picture. Vast or big landscape means lots of contrast between land and sky. Many cameras find it difficult to match-up with this high contrast situation. This is when HDR comes to the rescue. HDR can capture sky's details as well as that of land. The final shot of your landscape when shot with HDR looks just picture-perfect.
You should use HDR while shooting portraits in sunlight: As we know that light is the main ingredient to cook a picture perfect image. It is by far the most important aspect of a good quality photo. But, excess of everything is bad. Same applies to light in photography. In portrait photography too much light on someone's face may cause dark shadow or a bright glare. This is a situation wen you must use HDR. It helps you even-out the shadows and capture better photos.
You should use HDR while shooting in low-light and backlit scenes: This usually happens during night photography. The low-light situation is a common obstacle we have to fight with when shooting in the night. Same is with back-lights too. When you have too much of back-light. In these two situations HDR can brighten up the foreground without washing out the lit-up portions of your picture.
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