HDR is an acronym for High Dynamic Range.
Sue Chastain at Graphicsoft offers this definition: “High Dynamic Range, or HDR, is a digital photography technique whereby multiple exposures of the same scene are layered and merged using image editing software to create a more realistic image, or a dramatic effect. The combined exposures can display a wider range of tonal values than what the digital camera is capable of recording in a single image.”
Since 2009 I have been creating HDR images. I simply love the vibrance, colors, and final truly evocative impression that HDR offers. When you create using the High Dynamic Range processes your image leaves you feeling as if you were standing right there while the photo was capture.
HDR allows you transform a flat uninspiring image into a work of art. To create my “Stunning HDR Photographs” I use two these four software packages.
OnOne Photo Suite 10.0
If you are simply starting out in the HDR world you can create stunning images using only LightRoom and Photomatix Pro. The other two software products will only go one step further to helping reduce noise in your photos and enhance colors, contrast, and overall dynamics of the final image.
Malcolm Gladwell wrote Outliers. He repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, claiming that the key to achieving world class expertise in any skill, is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing the correct way, for a total of around 10,000 hours.
Practice HDR wrong and you risk wasting time at perfecting your art and craft. Learn from the HDR expert Trey Ratcliff at Stuck in Customs the correct was to produce award winning travel HDR photos.
I recommend Trey Ratcliff’s Stuck in Custom Ebook Bundle. His books are simple to read and understand and really shed the light on great photography using HDR techniques.
Here are a few of my most recent HDR photographs that people seem to enjoy. This shows the sort of style I have arrived at over the years by using Malcolm Gladwell’s theory of 10,000 hours to mastery, plus techniques shared by Trey Ratcliff at Stuck in Customs.
P.S. Trey Ratcliff reveals 100% new stuff! In the first hour, you’ll know all the basics, and beyond that, you’ll learn an amazing collection of new tricks, workflow, and post-processing techniques that will give your photos a great and unique look. Excellent for any skill level, from beginner to advanced.