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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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What is HDR photography?

What is HDR photography, and when might it be useful?
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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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What's the difference between "Fake HDR" and real, bracketed exposure HDR?

As I began to brush up on my landscape photography skills I came across the polarizing (pun intended) issue of HDR photography. More specifically, I came across a well written blog post titled "...
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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 in ...
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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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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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What is the difference between Digital Blending & HDR technique

I have come across these techniques recently but can't see the point of doing one with a software and another manually with a photoshop tool. Basically what we are achieving is "expected" ...
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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 causes this dark halo around the sun?

I took a series of photographs just before sunset, directly into what was a very weak, watery sun - barely made you squint to look at either with the naked eye or through the viewfinder. To the naked ...
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Can the 5DS-R take more than 5 bracketed shots spaced by 3 EVs?

The user manual (page 404) mentions a custom function that allows up to 7 shots, but is that limited to only 1 EV in between each one? Or can it do 7 shots with 3 EVs between them? That would mean a ...
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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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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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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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Which cameras have built-in HDR?

When taking landscape photos, I often struggle with dynamic range. I have either a burned out skies or landscapes are too dark. Now I'm reading on Wikipedia that some cameras can take 3 pictures with ...
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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 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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Multiple exposures vs. adjusting exposure of single RAW?

For HDR, it's recommended to use auto exposure bracketing. However, an advantage of RAW is the ability to adjust exposure. Even Trey Ratcliff has said, "you can make a good HDR photo from a single ...
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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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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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What does it mean when a TV "supports HDR"?

I am a bit confused about how HDR (on TV) works. The way I see it, multiple images of the same frame are used to create one image which shows better details in low-light and high-light areas of the ...
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How can I handle two extremely different brightnesses in the same picture? [duplicate]

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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Android software that shoots a range of at least +/– 5.0 EV for the bracketed set

I'm using a Galaxy S7 Edge phone and the Android app called Camera FV-5 to take bracketed exposures for HDR photography. That software takes a bracketed set of +/- 2.0 EV maximum. I found out that I ...
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Is tone mapping automatically applied to RAW images?

At first I thought tone mapping was a thing for HDR images only used to "display" the dynamic range which our monitors can't show. Turns out that RAW images tend to have a high dynamic range too. So ...
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Would a standard luminosity (max. 200 cd) HDR TV make sense? [closed]

Answers to this question say that HDR TVs are capable of displaying a "higher bit depth", a "wider gamut". However, I see that most (all ?) HDR TVs are also capable of displaying high brightness (...
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Why is software-based manipulation of images frowned upon while hardware-based manipulation is acceptable?

In my previous question someone pointed out that unnatural HDR based toning will get more objections from the photography community than cropping. I personally feel that slight HDR based enhancements ...
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Is there a lossy compressed file format for 16-bit dynamic range images?

I'd like to aggressively compress some scientific 16-bit grayscale image files, but without reducing the dynamic range. Is such a thing possible? I understand that JPEG format uses lossy, and ...
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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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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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Are three different exposures enough for a good HDR image?

I am a newbie to photography and shoot with Canon 550D ( Rebel T2i ) that can take 3 bracketed shots at a time. I want to know whether 3 shots are typically enough to capture the different lightings ...
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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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If, brightness → dynamic range... white balance → what?

Different things have different brightness levels. And with a normal camera, when we set more exposure to show details in the shadows, the already existing-details blow out. And vice versa — when we ...
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Halo in pictures taken with HDR

I have a Pentax K-S2 and whenever I use the A-HDR (advanced HDR) mode, the pictures come out with this strange halo around the edges of objects. Is this normal? .
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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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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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Why not make HDR from a single RAW automatically?

My understanding is that a decent DSLR captures a wider dynamic range than any JPEG can represent. The entire range is recorded in the RAW file. The dynamic range is a property of every camera; it's ...
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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 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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Can exposure be bracketed by many sensor readouts during single exposure?

I am getting into some HDR photography and was thinking of a new ways that camera manufacturers could help us in capturing HDR pictures. Say you want to capture three image and you have a constant ...
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Is the dynamic range affected by exposure time?

For a given scene, if I take 2 similar shots: short exposure time (maybe using higher aperture, higher ISO...) long exposure time (lower aperture or ISO) The goal is to have the shots with the same ...
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HDR Beginners Help : Photoshop CS5

I am just leaning HDR in Photoshop CS5, can anyone recommend some good tutorials?
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Are Intervalometers different for standard Time-Lapse and HDR Time-Lapse

I am a Nikon D90 user and fairly new to photography. I am considering purchasing a wired remote shutter release as intervalometer for taking time-lapses. However since I'm also a fan of HDR, it will ...
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How to create real HDR image (HEIC/AVIF) from RAW file?

How do I create a shareable HDR image file, in either HEIC or AVIF format, from a RAW? The RAW format should have all the information necessary to create a real HDR image I think. With real HDR I mean ...
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Is there somewhere I can download sample images to use for practicing HDR techniques? [closed]

I'm a student and I have a final project concerning 'tone mapping technique'. I have a simple question - is there a site where I can download the data base for an image HDR? For example as we can ...
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What Budget DSLR has bracketing modes?

I need recommendations on entry level budget DSLRs with plenty of bracketing modes (exposure, F-stops, etc for HDR and DOF shots). I am in Germany and am willing to spend upto €600. The brand doesn't ...
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How do I align bracketed exposure panoramas in photoshop?

I bracketed 3 exposures for each part of a panorama, and then stitched 3 panoramas together, 1 at each exposure, using photoshop CC (probably called photomerge). I now have 3 different layers with ...
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Can you clarify a better workflow for bracketed exposure HDR 360-panoramas?

After reading the thread about HDR Panorama workflow I was a bit confused. I need some help with clarification. In my current workflow I have to edit the nadir shot(s) using The GIMP. I do my best to ...
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Taking multiple shots in Nikon HDR mode

I understand that the HDR mode in Nikon works by taking 2 pictures (one overexposed, one underexposed and then merging (correct term?) together. But what if the scene has a variety of objects and ...
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HDRI with ND Filter

When I take images for composing a HDR image later how can I use an ND-Filter. For example I capture 5 images whitout an Filter and then add for the 6 and 7 shot a 10 Stop ND-Filter how can I tell the ...
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Is there an inverse function which will return an HDR picture to its original?

I want to return my original picture from an HDR-picture which I made with Adobe Photoshop CS6. Does an inverse function exist to do this? The HDR technique takes two pictures where there is more ...
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