50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Photo Editing, Photography

HDR on a Friday

I do like HDR photography.  It can be used in a variety of ways to create some really unique images.  My photo today though is using HDR to just capture as much detail as possible:

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/400

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/400

This photo was taken at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.  I just thought this was a beautiful marker.  What I wanted to capture was as much of its detail as possible.  I used a bracketed exposure on my camera.  So, I have three photos that are the same except one is lighter, one is darker, and one is in the middle.  I put these three exposures together using Photomatix.  Photomatix then offers a bunch of options and there is a lot you can tweak in the image.  For this image I am using a setting that provides detail while still looking like a standard photo.  What do you think? Feel free to comment below.

I am thinking of going back to Bellefontaine to try to get some infrared images.  I will be using an IR filter on my camera.  Do you do this type of photography?  have some tips for me? please leave them in the comments.


21 thoughts on “HDR on a Friday

    • You should, I think a lot of the work you do would lend itself to HDR. If you are using Photoshop CS6, go to File-Automate-Merge to HDR Pro and see what you think. I like the results from Photomatix better, so I use that more often. They have a trial version that you could check out as well. Have a great weekend 🙂


  1. I love the depth of this photo, and that you can really see each blade of grass. Can you explain to me what HDR is? Also is photomatrix a software program other than photoshop? I am looking into purchasing an editing software but a little tenative about the cash outlay. I wish I could find one around the $30 mark just to try it out and get my feet wet. But even the more basic editions of photoshop seem to be about $70-80.


    • Here is a post where I wrote about HDR: http://wp.me/p2owKx-jV HDR=High Dynamic Range. So say, three of the exact same photo just the exposure is different. Check to see if your Rebel does exposure bracketing, that would be the base of an HDR image. Then in post editing, you merge them. Photomatix, hdrsoft.com, does this type of editing only, so probably not want you are looking for. If you are technically savvy, try gimp.org, it is free editing software. Do you have a Mac? look into the Aperture app. Which Photoshop are you considering? Thanks for liking the photo 🙂


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