After hearing a large number of requests for HDR photo inspiration, we've decided to put together a selection of some stunning examples. What follows is a collection of beautiful HDR pictures in a variety of different styles and settings - both by professional and amateur photographers. It's worth a look for some great inspiration.
1. What is a HDR Photo?
HDR is "high-dynamic-range photography", achieved by capturing multiple standard photographs at different exposures and then using software to merge them together. HDR images can be taken with any camera that allows over (or under) exposure of a photo. For example, even a few mobile phones are capable of doing this nowadays!
2. How to Shoot HDR Photos
Peter Tellone has already written a HDR tutorial which has been released here on Phototuts+. It will walk you through the process step-by-step.
I stumbled across this Flickr account and was amazed at him only being a beginner - having only owned an SLR recently! If this is his first HDR I would love to see his work in the future!
4. Colin Smith
Colin Smith is a best-selling author, trainer, and award-winning new-media designer who has caused a stir in the design community with his stunning photo realistic illustrations composed entirely in Photoshop. He is the maker of the popular photoshop site, photoshopcafe.com which boasts over an amazing three million viewers.
5. Matej Toman
As well as being a website designer Matej Toman (also known as Mat3jko) is a fantastic photographer with many HDR images. Matej mostly shoots quad bikes and motorbikes which is something different from the normal landscapes.
Here are just a few of the hundreds of HDRs Exxx2005 as produced! Make sure you check out his deviant art account, he is a machine producing over 100 HDR photos all at a very high quality.
7. Lance Craig
Another web developer with a serious love of HDR images. The thing I love about the photos is that each one is so different from the last, from taking pictures of frogs to a panoramic sunset!
8. Andreas Reinhold
"I have two passions: Photography and air cooled Volkswagen. Combining these two is a great way for me to fill up my batteries and stay satisfied."
A Russian photographer with a few spectacular HDR images.
10. HDR Japan
"HDR Japan features the best of Japan HDR okinawa pictures and Pseudo HDR tonemapped photography. Members can upload and contribute images to the HDR Photo gallery. Images that are not HDR or Pseudo HDR in styling (tonemapped) will be removed from the picture gallery."
This website features a range of different photographers each with their own styles and is well worth a look....and submitting your own pictures if you are in or go out to Japan.
11. Adam Selwood
Adam Selwood is yet another System Admin / Web Developer but seems to be amazing with a camera. His Flickr account boasts over 70 amazing HDR shots from many different locations.
12. Jeffry SG
Jeffry also always seems to be traveling with photos from locations such as New York, Tokyo, Chicago and Toronto. Jeffry also has a large collection of HDR photos ranging past the 50 mark.
13. Random HDRs
Here are a few HDRs by random photographers, simply click the photos to find out more information.
Thanks For Reading!
I hope you've enjoyed these examples of HDR photography and feel inspired to give it a go yourself. If you have any suggestions or ideas for more roundup articles, please post them below or contact me via my website.