HDR in a shell
I started doing HDRs a year ago, my inspiration was Trey Ratcliff. His blog thought me everything I need to know about HDRs. It was hard to understand at first, I only knew how to click Generate HDR in Photomatix. Just as long as it comes out catchy and colorful, I was happy with it without actually knowing and fully understanding what HDR really is.
Basics of an HDR
-2, -1, 0, 1, and 2 is all we need to generate an HDR image, but sometimes it's just -2, 0 and 2. The numbers represent the exposures that you need to take in order for you to generate an HDR image. You need a tripod to take these exposures or steady hands when using the AEB function of your DSLR. And one more thing, always shoot in RAW.
With those exposures taken, the next step is loading these images in HDR softwares such as Photomatix, Tone map, adjust the sliders depending on how you wanna cook the photo and voila! You have an HDR image.
Breaking the boundaries of HDR
I got bored by doing the usual HDR stuff so I tried different ways. This guy's works, Ryan Eng, inspired me to break the boundaries of what I was doing. His works were called, DRI or Dynamic Range Increase, I can't see the difference between HDR and DRI,
HDR - High Dynamic Range
DRI - Dynamic Range Increase
But later on, I found out that it was a process of blending images manually to create a more natural and sincere look compared to an HDR.
When I was starting out photography a year and a half ago, I experimented on my DSLR. I took landscapes, portraits, everyday life..etc. just for the sake of learning. One day I did a self portrait of mine using a tripod. Not satisfied with the photo, I took another one and again. When I was about to process those photos in Photoshop, I realized one thing: It was all taken in the same frame, I didn't move the tripod. I was able to create a photo with 3 of myself in it! Not knowing that one day, that process will be the difference between HDR and Exposure Blending.
..to be continued