The Role of Bracketing in the Creation of HDR Images

Sooner or later, every photographer realizes that the quality of his or her pictures is far from perfect. Buying a reflex camera, we believe that everything will come up by itself. In some time, it becomes clear that this opinion is mistaken. There are many techniques that are used by experienced photographers who want to make their pictures look perfect. They resort to special image editing programs that allow using special filters, effects, adjustment layers, etc. Still, it is possible to use features of cameras to reach success while taking pictures. For example, there is such a thing as bracketing that is used to make HDR images, and if you do not know what it is, let’s try to find out a little about this trick.

An Exposure Fork

Graphic editor interfaceTo begin with, we need to find out what HDR is. HDR images are ones that differ from other pictures with juicy bright colors, perfect contrast qualities and no too dark or too light parts. Techniques of making these images are rather new for the majority of photographers, still, there are many special resources on the web that can explain how to achieve success in this matter. As a rule, HDR images are composed out of several draft shots that are taken with certain settings of a camera. For example, a usual bracketing used for HDR images is a so-called exposure fork that consists of three shots. Each of them has another exposure level that makes another part of the whole image perfectly visible. Composed together, all these draft images give a perfect picture in the end. It is necessary to mention that even professional photographers can make mistakes in defining the needed exposure level for a certain picture. That is why their pictures can be either too light or too dark. In this case, it is better to take several additional images that have different meanings of exposure. These images can be used later to create a high-quality image. Details of working with bracketing can also be found on the Internet, at resources that explain principles of HDR, for example, www.hdrphotographypro.com.

A Piece of Advice for Newbies

HDR pictures in general need a lot of care while taking pictures and processing them. Some specialists in this sphere recommend using a program called Photomatix. It is said to be one of the most effective ones to create HDR images. Others stick to advantages given by Lightroom or Photoshop. There are certain differences between them, but the main idea for beginners is not to overdo with the effects applied by these programs.

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