I love my cameras because of the possibilities that they hold, but sometimes I feel cheated by them. They always have, first with film and then digital, captured what the film or the digital sensor was capable of “seeing” but not what my eyes saw and I have always known there is a difference.
Because of that difference there were beautiful things that I could not capture because of the limited dynamic range that film or digital sensors had compared to my eyes. One of these impossible things was including the sun in the frame and not intending to have a silhouette shot.
About five years ago, I found out about High Dynamic Range Imagery (HDRI or HDR) and quickly became intrigued about the possibility to shoot the impossible and capture what my eyes could see. I’ll share with you how I make my HDR images by combining several into one. This will get you started and allow you to experiment and get used to the process of shooting for HDR and how to bring it all together in your computer.