My HDRI Portfolio

To Use or Not to Use HDRI ?

HDRI is designed to help you take better-looking photos, especially in certain situations. Here's where you should try using HDRI:

Landscapes: Big landscape photos usually have a lot of contrast between the sky and land, which is difficult for your camera to deal with in just one photo. With HDRI, you can capture the sky's detail without making the land look too dark, and vice versa.

Portraits in Sunlight: We all know that lighting is one of the most important aspects of a good photo, but too much lighting on someone's face ( like harsh sunlight ) can cause dark shadows, bright glare, and other unflattering characteristics. HDRI can even that all out and make your subject look better.

Low-Light and Back lit Scenes: If your photo is looking a little too dark, which often happens if your scene has too much backlight. HDRI can brighten up the foreground without washing out the well-lit portions of your photo.

Sometimes HDRI actually makes your pictures look worse. Here are some situations in which HDRI is better off being ignored:

Photos with Movement: If any of your subjects are moving, HDRI increases the chance of a blurry photo. Remember, HDRI takes three pictures, so if your subject moves between the first and second shot, your final picture won't look very good.

High-Contrast Scenes: Some photos look better with stark contrast between the dark and light parts of the photo, like if you have a dark shadow or silhouette you want to highlight. HDRI will make this less intense, resulting in a less interesting photo.

Vivid Colors: If your scene is too dark or too light, HDRI can bring some of the color back. However, if you're dealing with colors that are already very vivid, HDRI can wash them out.

Setting up for HDRI.

Below you will see a very good video by Kim Seng on setting up a Canon camera for HDRI.

Photomatix Pro 5.0 Tutorial

by EverydayHDR.

I use PhotomatixPro 5.0 which is not a free program and find it fairly easy to use.