How many exposures to HDR?

How many exposures to HDR?

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This an hardly discussed matter in the HDR photography world. How many exposures do you need to get the best results?

It is possible answer to this question only after studying the light conditions of our subject.The number of exposures number used to create a good HDR  varies from picture to picture. Usually people take 3 shots with 2 ranges of distance between each image. This is clearly the fastest way to create the final image and, in most cases, it provides excellent results. When it comes to high dynamic range, we must try to capture as much dynamic range as possible of the subject we are  taking a picture of. That’s why you need to adjust the exposure depending on light conditions.

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Handheld HDR Tutorial

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Giuseppe Sapori - Sea Step

Usually, I use a tripod to make my HDR photos. The use of a tripod for this kind of photography is important for the clarity of the images, to align themselves and to avoid blur. The main reason people recommend a tripod with HDR works, is the difficulty getting the 3 images to align properly. However should be considered that is not always possible to carry on a tripod, in all these cases you can still make a HDR shooting the exposures series holding the camera in your hand.

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Burano houses of colours

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I took this picture in Burano, a small island in the Venetian Lagoon. The peculiarity of this island are the houses of rich colors. This picture is from 3 shots HDR edited in Photomatix and in Photoshop to enhance the brightness and the contrast.


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