Stebel's Illuminations

Or, What’s All This HDR Stuff I Keep Hearing About?

Ever wonder why your camera often doesn’t capture a scene the way you actually saw it?

When you view a scene, like a landscape with buildings and trees in the foreground and a bright blue sky with puffy white clouds in the background, your eye can pick out many of the details in both the shadows and highlights at the same time. But, when you snap a picture of the scene with your digital camera, with even a proper exposure, something’s way off. The shadows reveal no detail and they’re really dark, if not outright black. The highlights are washed out and also show no details. They may even be solid white.

What’s going on?

It’s all about dynamic range. Dynamic range in a scene refers to the ratio of the brightest parts of the scene to its darkest…

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