Creating HDR photos sounds so easy and on the technical level it really is. But to get high quality results you have to master the "HDR Challenges". This articles covers a wide overview of these issues and we plan later to write more articles that cover them in more detail.
The main and overriding challenge is of course movements of all kinds:
Some aspects will deal with this but in general you should already be aware of it while shooting.
Good exposure is always a crucial starting point for good photos. Not different for HDR photos but the rules change a bit.
2. RAW Conversion
Not all RAW converters are equal. This means the RAW converter is an important part of the image quality.
The most problematic movements are all movements in the scene because you take multiple exposures.
Alignment of the source images is one of the most important tasks for excellent HDR photos.
5. Lens artifacts
Especially CA (Chromatic aberrations) can spoil the whole HDR fun.
6. Generate HDR
Different HDR tools also generate different kind of HDR files.
7. Colors and Saturation
Also colors are handled differently in different HDR tools.
We think that tonemapping is the holy grail of HDR for photography (at least with the goal to print your images). Different tonemappers deliver very different results and also please different artistic styles.
9. When do you need HDR anyway?
10. Other related Topics
Here we plan to cover noise removal, sharpening and detail extraction.
As said we plan to cover each topic in its own short article over the next weeks or months.
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