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Acronym for High Dynamic Range photography - a method of combining multiple images with varying tonal ranges into a single image that shows a wider range of values (from dark to light) than can be captured in-camera in a single frame.

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HDR then Panorama, or Panorama then HDR?

When creating a panorama for a scene of huge dynamic range, intuitively I always merge exposure brackets to HDR and tone-map them and then stitch the resulting images into a panorama. My intuition ...
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What is tone mapping? How does it relate to HDR?

Whenever I read / hear about HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, someone usually says something along the lines of "Actually, you're talking about tone mapping, not HDR." Please can someone ...
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What's the best number of shots to combine to produce an HDR photo?

What's the optimal number of shots to produce a high dynamic range Does it vary from scene to scene? Do the capabilities or limitations of my camera factor in? Are there different HDR techniques ...
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How can I stop my HDR shots looking so fake?

All my attempts at HDR come out looking remarkably fake, how can I reduce the halos effect?
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How can I get a good HDR image from a single RAW file?

I've heard that it's possible to create an HDR image from a single RAW file. (Obviously, it won't be as good as using multiple bracketed RAW files; I know that much.) Every time I try — using ...
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How does exposure fusion work?

I understand that "exposure fusion" is a method for combining different exposures into a single image. How exactly does it work, and how is it related to HDR?
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When should I use graduated ND filters and when should I use HDR processing?

I'd really like to stop blowing out the sky and/or underexposing the ground in my pictures. The traditional solution would be to use graduated ND filters, but taking multiple exposures and applying ...
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How do I photograph moving subjects to allow good HDR processing?

I've started to experiment with HDR photography and would love to have a few shots of my family rendered via HDR. There's one problem - my family is human and they move, sometimes a LOT. How would ...
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What tools do you recommend for creating HDR images?

Ideally the tool should be easy to use able to work with images taken without a tripod (i.e. allow to align the images) free
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What software should I use for HDR processing on Linux?

So far, I've tried software like luminance, bracket and fotoxx. While bracket is very fast to make the openEXR images, luminance is good with tonemapping tools, but I'd like to try some more options. ...
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TV or AV bracketing for HDR imaging?

I have recently entered into the HDR world, and I'm a little confused. My new camera has bracketing features, 2 modes actually. One is TV bracketing and the other is AV bracketing. In other words, one ...
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How do I capture the moon and its surrounding context?

I wanted to photograph the full moon against a beautiful deep blue sky. I ended up with blown-out highlights of the moon: So I switched to spot metering and captured the moon, losing the blue sky ...
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What are the technical difficulties behind building a sensor with high dynamic range like the human eye?

Why do we not yet have high dynamic range sensors which have the right exposition in every part of a picture?
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How can I handle two extremely different brightnesses in the same picture?

I am the fresh owner of my first DSLR (a Canon EOS 600D, as far as I know called Rebel T3i in the USA). I'm a total newbie, and the camera is a lot smarter than me most of the time. But I'm trying to ...
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What is HDR photography?

What is HDR photography, and when might it be useful?
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How to Take HDR Photos of Moving Objects? [duplicate]

How do I take great HDR photos of moving objects? By moving objects, I mean cities with cars, ocean with moving water, malls with people moving by. I tried it on moving people and had noticeable ...
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Should I convert RAW to jpeg before making an HDR?

I've been going back and forth with this. I've been looking more into working with some HDR to just get a feel for the process. I have a 500D and I'm using exposure bracketing to take 3 shots. 0, -2, ...
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How can I make HDR images without the cartoon look?

I am processing some photos intended to show HDR and I mainly want to bring out all the tones of a scene, which is why I took three bracketed shots to begin with. But pushing the detail pretty ...
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How do pseudo or fake HDR programs like Photomatix work?

There are a few programs that can produce HDR-like results from only one input image. How do these work?
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How to automatically identify bracketed image sets among 100s of images?

I take a lot of photos. Quite many of those (cca 50%) are bracketed ones to create HDR images later. I would like to automatically identify the bracketed sets and move those to a separate folder for ...
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Why do most cameras only support 3 frames of auto exposure bracketing?

Most digital cameras support only 3-frame AEB, why is this? I think AEB is a very important feature these days since there are many HDR hobby-photographers out there. So, I wonder if they really all ...
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What issues are there with printing 32-bit HDR images?

What issues are there with printing 32-bit HDR images? Do printing companies simply convert them to 8-bit? Do some have printers with a wider gamut that can use additional color data? Is there a ...
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Why is the Alignment step necessary in HDR?

A basic step in HDR (I guess) is aligning the bracketed images together, but what I don't understand is why we need this step. The images are all the same, since they were taken from the same location ...
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What is DRI? And how does it differ from HDR?

I recently came across the term DRI meaning Dynamic Range Increase. What exactly is it and how does it differ from HDR or High Dynamic Range (or is it the same thing just different terminology?
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Is there always a way to capture all the light ranges to get good HDR images?

Let me explain the question. I've been making a lot of HDR photos, most of them in places where the difference between darker and lighter zones is no to big, and the transition from one zone to other ...
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When is HDR preferred to Active D-Lighting?

Could someone please explain the difference between the two? Are there cases where the one technique is more preferable over the other or a general rule of thumb?
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Can I manually align photos for HDR?

Can I manual align photos for HDR? Photoshop CS5 Edit: Sorry about the vague question. I have 3 photos that I want to merge to HDR. The photos are not aligning properly in when I go File > Automate ...
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Using photoshop for night exposures with very high contrast

I am trying to obtain this effect during nightly shots: 1) A first capture with short exposure, potentially with very high ISO, to capture the stars as points. I'll later clean the noise. 2) A second ...
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Can I combine two photos to get a good image of a non-full moon?

Is there a good combo of longer exposure and shorter exposure that I can use to get two photos of the moon that I can then combine to show the sun-lit side and the earth-lit side together so I have ...
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Can Canon DPP create HDR images from 3 RAW images?

I have installed the Canon Digital Photo Professional, which came with the T2i\550d. Can DPP create an HDR Image from 3 RAW Images? If not, is there a good, free software for that?
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How can I salvage an HDR image from non-optimal source images?

During a recent wedding, I took a number of shots with my Nikon D90 at different exposures, hoping to merge them into HDR pictures. However, it was done in a hurry, i.e. with no auto-bracketing or ...
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How do I get such clear and detailed pictures like Aurelie Curie?

Often times I'm looking around and I find images that just seem to have this great balance and exposure to them that gives them such a stunning look. I always wonder why I can never get similar ...
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Is there any reason to take 3 RAW/JPG images to get most from HDR?

I'm new to photography and what I've seen so far: ViewNX allow me to change exposure +2/-2 stops in RAW HDR is about larger dynamic range and merging shadow details from overexposed image with ...
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How to achieve good scenic photos without HDR?

I've always had a problem getting exposure right with shots of the outdoors. I always seem to need to do manipulation which ends up in noisy photos. I know HDR would sort it out, but I'm using a ...
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Why are my tone mapped images turning purple?

As I've been developing a few images into tone mapped images in Photomatix, some of the skies that were blue seem to be turning purple. I'm not quite sure why. I take 3 bracketed RAW images, which ...
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How can I manually make a exposure sequence for HDR, without automatic exposure bracketing?

I have Sony a580, which offers an HDR feature, but not with the raw image type. The only thing they offer with raw choice is exposure bracketing, but you can only choose 3 images with 0.3 EV or 0.7 ...
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How does one get these HDR effects?

While I'm not a big fan of HDR images that hase been pushed over-the-top, I must admit that most of the images found on this Flickr site strike a good balance between very vivid colors and a "natural" ...
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How do I shoot massive bonfire in order to produce an HDR image?

I am looking for advice on how to shoot a massive bonfire to produce an HDR image. My school has a massive bonfire every year for homecoming — it is 30+ ft. tall. I have been shooting and HDRing my ...
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What are the downsides to using iPhone for HDR?

HDR was added to the iPhone in IOS 4.1: Take great photos that capture a wider range of light intensity using the new high dynamic range (HDR) setting on iPhone 4, which automatically ...
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What are the better HDR software apps for the mac?

I am thinking about doing some more HDR photos and thinking about the software side. I have CS5 but have never been happy about the speed or the quality of the final images. I have heard about ...
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Inverted Beam-Splitter?

Beam-splitters are used for 3D/stereo photography. Many kits are available for many types of DSLRs. I want a kind of Inverted-Beam-Splitter, so that I can give the same point-of-view to 2 different ...
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What are the free HDR programs available for download?

Currently, I am using Photoshop Elements 9 and there are no HDR features in it (other than the Photomerge Exposure tool which can combine two pics - mini HDR function). Photoshop CS5 is way too ...
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Can I get a cheap Tripod (<$75) for basic HDR / panorama photos?

I'm a very amateur photographer who enjoys taking HDR and Panorama photos. My biggest problem right now is that I don't have a tripod. Many will tell me $75 is too cheap for a tripod, but I really ...
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How to make a landscape photo like Stanislav Perov?

I am a beginner in photography. Could some one explain how to make this photo? There are some things that I would like to know: what camera, lens(es) (eg shall I do it on crop camera, wide ...
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How does automatic HDR software work?

An HDR image is the combined image of varied exposures that give good detail of the subject in the photograph. How does HDR software know what part of the images to blend? Manually, we know by ...
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Develop Canon Raw images on Mac OSX via command line into mutliple tiffs for pseudo-HDR

What is the best way to convert on the command line a Canon raw file (CR2) into 2 or 3 differently exposed tiffs for HDR/tonmapping? I would like to use Apple's sips, but couldn't find anything to ...
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Is HDR more important on a phone camera than a standalone camera?

I've had good luck using my iPhone's HDR feature when I'm out without my digital camera (Nikon COOLPIX S630); I tend to take the kinds of pictures for which HDR is useful. The standalone camera ...
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Which workflow and processing to achieve Exposure-Fusion?

I know how to make HDR pictures, and I've seen a huge amount of HDR pictures. I dislike most of them. I heard about Exposure-Fusion, which seems to match my expectations. There is one photographer ...
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Making HDR from D40 RAW files

1) There are enough details in the RAW files made by D40? (for one file HDR) 2) Is there a setting that I should consider when shooting raw files for HDR? Thank you :)
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Lightroom 4.1 HDR (From other source than Photoshop)

I'm trying to use the new feature of lightroom 4.1 that allows us to edit 32bits floating point tif directly within Lightroom. The workflow seems easy enough when you have Photoshop but I do not. I ...