HDR without using HDR software?
Well, not exactly. HDR is the abbreviation for High Dynamic Range images. True HDR images are 32 bit, floating point files that are ultimately scaled back to ‘normal’ 8 bit images that can be displayed on a standard video monitor or printed on printing paper. The photographer takes a series of bracketed exposures and specialized software is required in order to ‘tone map’ the high dynamic range 32 bit file by a nearly pixel by pixel basis which can be somewhat controlled by the photographer. However, tonemapped HDR images have garnered a reputation, whether deserved or not, of being overly saturated, over-the-top photos. Sometimes these images are really cool, and sometimes they are just, well… over-the-top! Continue reading