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My First HDR Photo

A few weeks ago my friend showed me this photo of the Pudong area in Shanghai. I thought it looked really cool and checked out some other photos of the same photographer. I wondered why they all looked so strange. After reading some comments, I found out that they were high dynamic range photos. I had never heard about it before so I looked it up and it caught my interest.

After some more searching I found a free program for creating HDR photos, namely qtpfsgui. Today, I gave it a shot, trying to make an HDR photo of my room. This was the result:

My Room

I think it looks quite good. I suppose it can be made to look much better as there were a lot of settings which I had no clue on how to use. To compose this photo, I used 5 photos of the same scene, shot with a tripod, at different exposure values (-2, -1, 0, +1 and +2 EV). I then loaded them all into qtpfsgui and and let it create the HDR image from the default settings. For tonemapping it back to an LDR image, I used the Fattal algorithm. This gave the image a fantasy-like feel, almost like from a computer game.

2 Responses to “My First HDR Photo”

  1. 1
    kasi:

    This looks really nice.

    I’ve also tested taking HDR’s a few times but haven’t really gotten any decent results. I think a camera with good exposure controls is needed along with some proper lighting.

    I’ll try out the program you mentioned :) (I myself tried making HDR’s with photoshop)

  2. 2
    Daniel:

    Thank you. Yes, you need to be able to control the camera exposure well. I used my Canon 350D SLR in manual mode. I keep thinking I should have had the desktop lamp on. That would probably have added some life to the scene.

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