Photography, Travel

White Buildings and Clear Skies Need HDR

Spain, as previously mentioned, is a great place for vacation for various reasons. For a photographer, one of those reasons are the white villages. These beautiful collections of white buildings placed along seashores and on mountains are nothing short of breathtaking, and they make excellent subjects for some architectural photography.

But Spain is also famous for its clear blue skies and sunny weather. And when you mix white, reflective surfaces with clear blue skies and direct sunlight, you’re begging for overexposed photos.

The solution? Learn to do some HDR photography before leaving for Spain.

A Great Way to Manage Exposure

HDR photography is the perfect way to make sure that your photographs’ exposure is spot on and every detail is preserved the way you want. And it’s pretty easy to get HDR photos too.

All you basically need to do is take more than one photo at slightly different exposures. So for example, you take one photo that is exposed for the brightest part of your image and you take another photo that is exposed for the shadows. Both these photos, on their own, will not be great as the former one will have dark shadows and the latter will have blown out highlights. But when you merge both these photos with each other with the help of an HDR software, you end up with an image that is well exposed. The more exposures you take, the more flexibility you’ll have with your final image.

So as you can see, HDR photography is a great way to end up with properly exposed photos with a dynamic range much more flexible than you’d have with an individual image. You can tweak these photos to a great deal as far as exposure is concerned, because you have a lot of information merged together in one RAW file, making it easy to get the exposure you want.