The Fotobug’s Quick Guide to HDR
ick up nearly any photo magazine today and you will find an article about HDR Searchout photo galleries online and you will likely see a number of HDR images. Well, whatexactly
HDR?HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It is a special file format/technique for overcoming the limited dynamic range of luminance values that can be captured by our digital cameras in a single image.
A Very Brief History of HDR
One of the first recorded attempts to use several exposures to cover an extreme range of exposure values was used by Gustave La Gray back in the 1850s to photograph aseascape and retain detail in the sky and the sea. He used one negative for the sky andanother for the ocean and combined them later into one print. (Actually this is more of alayering technique than HDR).
Gustave Le Grey – The Great Wave – 2 negatives combined into a single print - 1857
In the 1930s and 1940s, Charles Wyckoff used a dynamic range imaging technique torecord detailed pictures of nuclear explosions, which appeared on the cover of LIFEmagazine in the 1940s. In 1997 Paul Debevec introduced a digital technique of