HDR – Ugly or Beautiful?

Recently I’ve read quite a few articles about HDR.

Is HDR a “real technique”? Is it a “true” technique? Should I use HDR on all images or just some type of images? I guess this debate is interesting because the debate is much about new technology. Those in favor of HDR usually says that HDR is the closest thing to reality, and I guess those against arguing in the absolute opposite direction.

Anyway, here’s one of the interesting articles on the subject.

Hope you all have a great Wednesday evening

Image from Pixiq - John Neel

Link to the article -> http://www.pixiq.com/article/hdr-garish-or-realistic

10 thoughts on “HDR – Ugly or Beautiful?

  1. It’s a touchy subject, isn’t it! I love the HDR process, but it needs to be done well. In my opinion, HDR is for the times when you feel your eyes adjusting more than usual in order to see what’s in the shadows as well as in the brighter areas. Your histogram on the camera will give you a good indication for when you need an HDR image too!

    1. Couldn’t agree more. There are so many pictures out there that just looks “strange”. But with the right conditions, and with the right “touch” it can be amazing! Have you seen Trey Retcliffs photos? He’s on the edge, but I really like his work.

      1. Yea.. there is definitely a lot of different ways to process an image. It all depends on the feel you’re going for I think. And yes, Trey Ratcliff has some amazing work too!

  2. I’m not a huge fan of HDR, as I think things look over processed and over saturated and just not real — that’s when it’s done badly in my opinion. But when it’s done well, and it looks realistic, than oh, yeah, good stuff. I’ve tried it in my work, but I don’t like the results. It just looks too fake to me.

    I try not to take photos that mean I have to use HDR. I try to work with the sun and the shadows.

    1. I guess we have the same opinion then🙂 But there are times when HDR is kept on a “sane” level – just to reflect reality by enhancing over, or underexposed areas – when it can me amazing. Thank you for commenting Katie!

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