HDR photography is super easy with Photomatix

My First Attempt with HDR

This photograph was taken of the Raisin River in Dundee, Michigan in the Fall of 2011.
This photograph was taken of the Raisin River in Dundee, Michigan in the Fall of 2011. | Source

Today's Hub will take your through the steps that I followed in my first attempt at HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. I have seen these photos before and thought, "Wow, how did they do that?"

Here is how -- (super easy by the way) -- I saw the sunset as I drove over the bridge into Dundee. I parked and walked back over the bridge and took 3 photographs of it. The first photo was underexposed (too dark), the second was just right, and the third was overexposed (too light).

Next I went to the internet and downloaded software called Photomatix (they have versions for both the Mac and PC). http://www.hdrsoft.com/download.html. Then, I let the software merge the three photographs into one. It was that easy.

You can see the Photomatix watermark in my photo. That's because I downloaded a trial version. If you decide that you want the software, you will have to buy it. I have my opinion of what I think, but would love to hear from other people. Please let me know what your opinion is about HDR.

I used my Canon EOS 50D 18-135mm lens, focal length 20mm, f 5.6, range 1/40, 1/85, 1/200, ISO 640

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Robin Anderson 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks, Chasing Riley. I just went out and took some more today to try HDR with... the trick is to remember to take 3 of the same photo and change the range with the exposure. So, I got home today with tons of photos (my normal amount times 3).


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Chasing Riley 5 years ago from Los Angeles

That's so interesting. I've never heard of HDR before. Thanks for sharing!


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Robin Anderson 5 years ago from United States Author

twodawgs -- how did your photo adventure go?


twodawgs 5 years ago

Wow, this is eerie... I was just looking at some photography another hubber posted, and the thought crossed my mind to do a search for any hubs on HDR photography, something I had tried in the past and failed miserably. Right then, I just happened to see this hub in my feed. I think it's a message from God or something.

Okay, enough with the BS, but I'm definitely going to try this and will let you know how it turns out.

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