Since HDR involves taking at least 3 photos of the same subject or area, more often than not a tripod is used to keep the camera in the same position, as well as stead. The 3 photos are taken at different exposures, then blended together to make one photograph by using post processing techniques.
The idea of using a number of exposures to assist in photographing an "all over the map" range of luminosity was pioneered by Gustave Le Gray in the 1850s. He used this method to photograph seascapes showing both the sky and the sea, which were almost impossible at the time using standard methods, as the luminosity range was too extreme. Le Gray used one negative for the sky, and another one with a longer exposure for the sea, and combined the two into one picture.
However, right now with the snow on the ground, I decided to use Plan B. Plan B is one of probably many software options to achieve an HDR photo. I used a combination of Nik and Topaz to achieve the HDR look in the above photograph of Lilah and Bethy. I took this photo back in June of 2016 (and I even have four different exposures of it, but in almost all cases, one or the other dog's head has moved a bit) when I was practicing use of my remote control gadget.
There are a number of photographers who believe very strongly that HDR has no place in the world of photography. I think that is because, when overused on a photo, HDR can cause halos, take already vivid colors and make them either too vivid or wash them out completely, and cause the photo to look too contrived and over processed. I have seen some of that work, and I am not a fan.
I think where architecture or structures may be involved in a scene, HDR can have some merit and can be used in a way that does not cause the photo to look disastrous. In the photo above, I used my HDR editing software programs to bring out the texture and colors of the wooden bench and to illuminate (up the dynamic range) Lilah and Bethy.
HDR can be a helpful tool if not overused or relied on for every single photograph. I am still going to try the bracketing option with my camera, as soon as I can get a dog to the park. Some nice weather is coming up next week, so that might be an ideal time to practice HDR in camera!
I can't wait to see what everyone else has done this week in terms of HDR! So I'm going to sit here with my cup of morning coffee and enjoy what the rest of these wonderful photographers have to offer. Join me, starting with Rochelle Marshall of Dark Sapphire Pet Photography in Nelson, New Zealand. AND, have a great weekend!