Expanding Your Dynamic Range: The Pros and Cons of HDR Methods
How do you HDR? Do you use dedicated HDR software? Do you manually blend images in post-processing? Do you use a graduated neutral density filter? There are a number of ways to create a High Dynamic Range (HDR) image, each with their own pros and cons. I have listed some of the pros and cons for each method so that when or if you decide to create an HDR image you can determine the best method that fits your style, post-processing workflow, budget, etc.
I will not go into great detail about each method and assume you know enough about your camera to follow along. I merely want to point out the positives and negatives of using each method. Let’s begin.
As you can see, each method has its pros and cons. I have used all of them but mostly use manually blending in Photoshop with HDR software being a distant second. Please feel free to leave a comment as to why you use one method over another or if there is another reason that I forgot to mention. Frame, Capture, Publish!
Keywords: Dynamic Range, HDR, learning, photography, Post-Processing, Workflow
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