Is HDR Photography Really Helpful?

When taking photos of an architectural project, you may hear the word ‘HDR’ every now and then. This is a specialized type of photography that has particular benefits for certain kinds of subjects, and architecture is obviously one of them. Let’s take a deeper dive into this type of photography and see how it can be helpful for your architectural photos. 

  • HDR is about Better Exposure 

So, what exactly is HDR? It stands for High Dynamic Range, and essentially it is a process through which you can merge multiple photos of the same subject into one, giving you a photo with much more dynamic range than any singular image you took.  

For architectural subjects, this works well because usually such photos are marred by bad lighting; you may either end up with blown-out highlights or crushed shadows. An HDR photo will merge different photos taken at different exposure settings and leave you with all the best parts of each as far as exposure is concerned.  

  • Flexibility of Editing 

Once you have your different images, you can use one of the many excellent HDR photo editing software programs to create the final HDR image as you see fit. So, you’re not just stuck with an automatically-adjusted image but can rather make changes to the overall exposure however you want. Many HDR editors also include multiple presets that can help give you a nice base to start your editing with. You can also use creative effects if that is something you’re more interested in.  

  • Some Tips to Help You 

Now that we have gone through some basics of HDR photography, there are some tips you should keep in mind when taking your different exposures.  

  • First of all, try using a tripod. This will ensure that all the frames you take are sharp and focused. This will also help you keep the framing of your photo constant, which will later be helpful in merging the exposures.  
  • Try and take at least three exposures; one for the highlights, one for the shadows, and one for the mid-tones. This will ensure that your final HDR image is well-exposed across the range of light in your scene.  
  • Don’t go overboard with an HDR editor. It’s very easy to start changing settings and end up with an image that doesn’t look realistic at all. Try to make small changes to the exposure to achieve a more natural-looking photo.  


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