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Amateur Photographer – 14 July 2018 is the world’s oldest weekly photographic magazine, established in 1884. It is the respected authority for news and reviews, with detailed tests and investigations on the latest equipment.

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Amateur Photographer  |  14th July 2018

If you want to capture detail in all areas of a high-contrast scene, there’s only one technique you can rely on, high dynamic range. HDR is a technique where you take a series of exposures, three, five, seven or nine, one or two stops apart. This then allows you to capture detail throughout the shadows, midtones and highlights, and these exposures are blended together into a single image using special software. Many cameras these days have a dynamic range covering somewhere in the region of twelve to fourteen stops, but even with this impressive ability to record detail, some scenes are simply too contrasty for a single exposure, even with ND grads. And this is where HDR comes to the rescue.