HDR Aesthetics

HDR imagery is expanding today’s photographic aesthetics. Identifying the characteristics of contemporary HDR images will help classicists and pioneers alike. The basic ingredients are desirable for both sensibilities, but in varying combinations and to different degrees. As with solving any problem, it’s easier if you break it down into it’s component pieces and then learn what each one does and how they interact with one another. First know what to look for. Second, know what a tool can do. Third, know how to apply a tool. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be well along the way to crafting a unique style that’s all your own.
Pronounced Shadow and Highlight Detail
Accentuated Edge Contrast
Accentuated Texture
Increased Noise
Smoothed Texture
Saturation Distortions
Read more in the current issue of Digital Photo Pro.
Learn these and other techniques in my workshops.


Half HDR

HDR Simulated

HDR Simulated With Photomatix

1 Comment

  • trace

    18.03.2009 at 16:14 Reply

    It really changes the aesthetic of your piece (think I like the original). Question then is how much older work do we “re-do” when new tools come along?
    Thought you might like to see this:
    Extreme Ice
    The PBS series NOVA has teamed up with National Geographic on a project called “Extreme Ice.” The series follows adventure photographer James Balog and a team of scientists through the world’s icy regions in the largest-ever photographic study of the cryosphere.
    here is the link to the story:

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