Every photo is a compromise – especially when it comes to landscape photography. One can only decide on one aperture to control the depth of field (how much is in focus in the photo) and one shutter speed in a single photo. The human eye constantly expands and constricts the pupil to allow for how much light is coming into the eye. So even if we remember the scene being spectacular while looking around, a photo of it might be a bit of a disappointment to us. The human eye is way cooler than any lens – so what is a photographer to do to be a little closer to what the eye sees?
HDR (High Dynamic Range) is a great way to get a photo a little close to how the eye sees things.
Basically we take multiple pictures and expose for different part of the picture (sky, foreground, background) – now we just have the computer put them together for us and decide what needs a little more attention and voilá:
Our HDR image:
Give it a try – you might like it.
One could get creative with it and do something like this: