Monday, June 18, 2012
As I mentioned the other day, my new camera can do photography in a mode called HDR, which compiles a number of photos taken at different exposures into a single image. This creates images that even out what would otherwise be areas of extreme light and dark.
Here's an example. About a week ago, I took the photo above of a covered alleyway off Portobello Road. As you can see, it includes very dark areas where daylight doesn't quite reach.
I went back on Friday and took the same alleyway in HDR mode. The camera shot three frames and combined them into the image above. Big difference!
There are also several modes to enhance the HDR photo, making the colors brighter and the contrast sharper, or even adding special effects. I don't like messing with photos too much, but I like this color-enhanced version a lot.
I think the top photo is still good, with its mysterious blackness. But HDR adds more possibilities. It's probably not a function I'll use a whole lot, but it's fun to experiment!