HDR image


Today, due to the digital technology, there is much more things we can do which we had to give up during film era.

Strong back light such as evening sky was the typical example.

  – This is… not good at all….

Even today, if you shoot that kind of landscape, Camera tries to average the exposure and that makes the image look boring.

That was how, we all gave up that kind of image old days… but today, HDR can save it.

   – If you adjust the exposure at  sky… again, this is not good at all…

Today, lots of cameras come with HDR mode which capture multiple images with different exposure instantly, then you merge those images by using graphic software.


In this case, I used Adobe Photoshop.

  1. Open Adobe Bridge
  2. select images you would like to merge.
  3. Go Tools – Photoshop – Merge to HDR Pro…


Then, do adjustment as you want.

Too see what happens, move one at the time and remember the number before you change.


Of course, you can do the final adjustment by using adjustment layers of Photoshop.

This is just amazing…. we were never be able to get this kind of image during the film era unless you use half ND filter or something…

For this image. I used Olympus E-M10+45mmF1.8.

E-M10 has mode to merge HDR in camera, but I found it works better this way by using photoshop.

When you use HDR mode, your camera will shoot multiple image very quick and you will be surprised if it was your first time.

It would be more stable to use tripods for it, but I did not use tripods on this image.


English bay_Vancouver_Normal adjustment vs HDR image

English bay_Vancouver

This is the view of English bay on West end of Vancouver.

In this kind of back light, normal camera can’t get right exposure.

  • If you adjust to background, other area would be all under the shadow.
  • If you adjust to closer area, background will be wiped off.

But, Thanks for Adobe Photoshop…..All you have to do is….use combination of Adjustment layer and Layer mask.

  • adjust the level at background, then mask out the other area.
  • adjust the level at foreground, then mask out the background.

All I had to do was, use 2 level adjustment layers and layer mask for each adjustment layer.

But these day, this is a kind of out of fashion….People prefer to be HDR image these days.

HDR image means High Dynamic Range image. This HDR got extremely wide dynamic range and almost all the part of image got right exposure.

To create HDR, prepare 3 images which are under exposed, average and over exposed.

Then, go to Adobe bridge….select those 3 images and

go to Tools – Photoshop – Merge to HDR pro…  This will create automatically and after merger, you can do adjustment as well.


This is the HDR I created.

These days, people like extremely crispy sharp image with high dynamic range and high saturation.

So, maybe more people will say this is better…..but I still prefer to be the first one.
The HDR kills taste of Leica lens and just looks fake although I tried not to be….

These days, digital cameras has extremely high definition sensor and lens.

Some way, they are way better than films…..at the same time, preference of people is getting more simple CG look image….that is ashamed……

Old days, CG designers were trying to be like Photography….and now, Photography is trying to be like CG…..That is ridiculous…..



Cloudy day in Vancouver…..Creat HDR

Cloudy day in Vancouver…..well…..it is everyday…….

Cloudy day is not really easy for photography because when you adjust exposure to main composition, you will never get any detail on sky.

When you adjust the exposure to sky, whole image will gets too dark. That is how cloudy day photos could end up “boring” .

On this image, I used “Marge to HDR pro” on Adobe Bridge. Prepared 2 images, one got right exposure on sky and the other one is on ground.

It does not quite look like HDR. I think it looks reasonably natural.

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